I am Esteban Rogelio Reyes, and I’m in the ninth grade. About a few weeks ago you came and visited Rancho Mirage High School and gave us copies of your book, Autodidactic. That book really changed what I think about education, learning and taking responsibility into my own hands. After reading your book, I thought about who I am, my struggles and my accomplishments. I think one of the very few accomplishments I’ve made in my life include getting a perfect score of 600 on the California State Test in English or Math (I can’t remember) in fifth grade. Another accomplishment would be in band, when me and my fellow colleagues in the Wind Ensemble at James Workman Middle School performed at the SCSBOA (California School Band & Orchestration Association) …show more content…
I left friends that I’ve known since kindergarten. So when the fourth grade started, I was completely alone. I had to get to know my surroundings, try and meet new friends, and figure out how things worked around here. Then in the seventh grade, things really went downhill. That was when everything started to change. Friends became a problem, as suddenly they were getting boyfriends and girlfriends. They left me and their other friends for the ones they supposedly loved. So I lost a few friends. Then it was that year when it was a dramatic change in the standards for all classes. Common Core was introduced, and soon we were being taught stuff that was taught in the eighth grade before. My grades dropped horribly, and it was really hard to catch up. Today, it is okay for me, as I’m in classes where they take it step by step and explain in a way that we all understand, including me. I’d like to thank you for a copy of your book Autodidactic and for coming to speak to us at the Helene Galen Performing Arts Center at Rancho Mirage High School. Now after reading your book, I realized I am going to have to change if I want it make it somewhere in
Jose Limon is vastly known in the world of dance for being someone who accomplished many first’s in his career. He has made quite a name for himself in the modern dance community for his professional dancing, teaching and choreography skills, and his vastly appreciated techniques that he cultivated with the help of his mentors and his learnings. Jose Arcadio Limon was born in 1908 in Culiacan, Mexico. He was the oldest of eleven brothers and son of Francisca Translavina and Florencio Limon. Jose Limon was born during the Mexican Revolution which of course was a struggle in its own for everyone who was a part of it.
“No point in building a good house unless you put down the right foundation,” Jeannette Walls’ father used to say in regard to the “Glass Castle”, something he always desired to build. A house isn’t the only thing that needs the right foundation. You build a foundation for a good life, relationships and a successful future. In the memoir The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls, she describes her rough life. Letting readers know where she came from and where she is now.
This created a great rift between me and the people that had been my friends. I began trying to hang out with friends but found they were always busy while I was home reading, waiting for an adventure. I had managed to keep a few of my friends and these people are still my friends today, but first I had to deal with being solitary for a while. After I accepted the way school, and friends were going to go I only faced one obstacle. Almost my entire life changed after my move, I had a new routine, some new friends, and a new way I had to learn.
Breath was rushing out the kid who wore a Gray and blue uniform, the boy 's hair was black and poked straight up in twisted curls, he had brown eyes that looked like dirt, he was strong and athletic, his name was D’haquille Jones, and I was DhaQuille Jones, staring down at the newly glazed floorboards of John Pickett high school gym. The ref blew the whistle signaling that our time out was over, and all we had was thirteen precious seconds to beat the Valencia high. I jogged onto the court, adrenaline rushing through my body. The ref tossed the ball towards Chris, once he had found the open man he lobbed it over the oncoming defender. Calling for the ball I sprinted around my defender to get open.
But that confidence soon began to subside. In elementary school, we would have an annual test that determined whether a student can be placed in an advance or tutorial reading class, and every year I would be placed into the advance reading courses, so when it came time to take the test, I knew there wasn’t anything for me to worry about. And even though my score was one of the highest in the class, I still ended up in a reading tutorial class. I was a little taken aback by it, but it didn’t stop me from my love of reading and writing and plus I could switch out of those classes is I showed improvement. So I did my best to try and show that I didn’t need the extra help like some others did, but all my hard work went in vain
Especially my freshmen year of high school was right after the Covid 19 pandemic when I only saw the same three friends for almost 6 months. But after months of having doubts and overthinking what high school was going to be like in middle school, it
I was born on January 21st, 2002 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania at Allegany General Hospital. The next morning my parents brought their youngest daughter home where she would live at for only six months. After six months of living in Pennsylvania, my parents decided that the weather wasn’t ideal for them, so we set out to Palm City, Florida where we have been living for twelve years. I obviously have no memories of my life in Pennsylvania, but I have many of my life in Florida. Wow!
Sophomore year was off to a rough start. To begin with, my old friend group split up leaving me in the dust. Their loss. I was alone most of the time depending on my team friends, the girls that do gymnastics with me, to hang out with. I have plenty of school friends, but outside of school, we don’t even talk.
Life back then was worry free; I can definitely relate to Tom Brennan when he describes his juvenile self as a “happy, free, no fuss type of bloke” (P.76). As I transitioned into high-school it was much the same process, making friends, continuing sport and getting on with work. However, in saying that, high school was vastly different to my primary schooling and I was forced to face challenges that I didn’t foresee. I’m assuming this was relatively similar for you?
Fourth grade was a strange year for many of us. People moved away and new people came to school. Some classmates came back from summer with an extra foot against anyone else. Some changed for the better or for worse. People gained and lost friends throughout the year.
On May 17, 2016 I walked the stage and received my diploma. I am happy I had this change in my life it matured me made me realize and learn many things but most importantly it made me a better person I do not regret this changed at all. It's never late to go back and finish what i had started I did not just go to school since preschool to just give up almost at the finish line? A quote I picked from “Superman and Me” was “I was never taught how to write poetry,short stories or novels”. Sadly I prefered to fool around in school and not paying attention in class, I wasn’t taking my education seriously at all but thankfully my life changed with just a simple change of schools.
As 7th grade started, my social life came to a definitive close. I struggled greatly with friends, primarily because one of my good friends had left Trafton in 6th grade to receive home schooling, and because all of my other friends from elementary schools attended other schools. I attempted to reach more friendly terms with people who I previously