Now I’m doing something completely different from all three of the previous years. I’m preparing myself to raise a child. High school changed everything in my life. I one was good at math, I never had so many teachers leave at one time, my taste in friends was proven to be a typical high school experience, and my free time changed. After Senior year I’m not looking forward to adult for the rest of my
Self-restraint means restraining yourself from short term activities that could have negative consequences on yourself or your reputation. I believe that I represent self-restraint very well. In school, it is very easy to give in to procrastination and laziness and let your grades slip. During my freshman year, I receive the first B I had ever gotten, because I was unaware of how much work I would need to put into my high school education after I breezed through middle school. After this, I have shown self-restraint and ignored the indulgence of laziness and relaxation and have kept my grades since to all A’s.
Alfred Mercier once said, “What we learn with pleasure, we never forget.” Floyd County High School used to offer a four block schedule to all grades, allowing students to learn with pleasure. This year that has been changed. From an eighth grader’s point of view, there is not enough time in the eight-class-a-day schedule to retain what we are learning. With this schedule the homework load has been doubled. With merely forty five minutes in each class there simply isn 't enough time for teachers to deliver their materials.
I love seeing the difference I can make in someone life, just be lending a helping hand. I often do volunteer work where I do not see the person I am helping, since it is for such a big cause (ex: Meals from the Heartland), but that is when you know you are making a difference around the world. School has always generally been easy for me.
Now that I am a high school senior, I am the complete opposite of my former self. I can easily venture away from my comfort zone, be a risk taker, and I have higher self-confidence. I am more comfortable speaking in front of and meeting new people. I converse with my teachers if I do not understand a topic or ask for additional assistance; I possess the courage to ask questions during class. I engage in a number of school clubs, events, and am involved in numerous community service projects that I never thought I would do or even enjoy.
Ironically enough, everything got better once I got to college. I had a goal in life, I had a drive, and I had a support system that wanted me to succeed. I stopped getting in trouble, and focused all my energy within my academics, and it really did pay off. I am now a part of Phi Theta Kappa, with a 3.91 GPA currently, and I honestly could not be happier. It is still a constant struggle every day, to deal with all of my problems without any form of medical help besides counseling, but it’s something I’ve learned to survive
I feel I am exactly the type of person needed in your society. I have a positive attitude about learning; I enjoy participating in class; I am a very good leader; I follow directions; I am a responsible person and I believe I have a service oriented personality. I am fully aware that if I make the National Honor Junior Society I will have to attend after school meetings. Also have to attend and help in service activities. This does not affect my decision this just makes me appreciate it even more.
In my experience, what Martin Luther King Jr. calls “thinking intensively and critically” is very different from what my high school teachers called “critical thinking”, most especially by the way Dr. King links intelligence and learning to the development of character, that is, growth as a person. Too often in my past, teachers mentioned critical thinking only as a mental activity of seeing through stereotypes, evaluating both sides of issues and understanding and accepting differences. As worthwhile as these are, I have found that high level thinking without having a more enlightened character is simply inadequate. That was a recent, very positive experience with two very nice people of different faiths. As much as we had been taught in class about prejudice, the recent terrorists attacks across the world bred a good deal of ill-will in
Coming to Ashesi, I believe I haven’t been that much of a servant leader because like High School, I’ve kept to myself most often and this has prevented me from looking beyond myself in order to address the needs of others. However, the little we have studied in the course so far has opened my eyes to see servant leaders in action and how their work has benefited those around them. It has stirred up some kind of desire in me to improve the lives of the people in my community and this is outlined in the story I hope to be a reality by the time I am a hundred years old. My name is Zaneta Asare and this is my autobiography at age 100. I graduated from Ashesi University in the year 2019 with a BSc Honors in Computer Engineering.