Classes in college have been a slight change from classes in high school, which I had expected. The one thing I did not expect was how independent I was going to have to be in my classes. In high school, teachers were extremely helpful in telling you what you needed to do to succeed. I have learned that in college I am going to have to decide what I need to do to succeed. Over the past month, I have slowly been figuring out what I am going to need to do to succeed in each individual class.
S. Robson Walton once said, “I learned from my dad that change and experimentation are constants and important. You have to keep trying new things.” During my freshman year of high school, I decided to join the Douglas Debate team. At first, I didn’t want to be a member of the team in the slightest. It didn’t seem like something I would be too interested in.
She emphasized how i needed to have high grades if i wanted to stand a chance. But as i grow older i couldn 't compete to the level she wanted, that 's not to say that she forced me to get the best of grades. But i always felt as if i wasn’t good enough so eventually i stopped trying. By then i had come to terms in my own mind on how i couldn’t get into college because of my family’s lack of money and my low grades overall. But during my sophomore year i saw how my school 's avid class was accepting applications to join the class.
The infamous answer to the question, “What is your primary goal for going to school?” is “to further my education, get a job, and be successful” such a cliché if I must say myself. My goal attending school is to make my family happy, as well as myself. In high school, I did not apply myself like I should have done because I was not sure if college was in my favor. Also, being the child of a single parent wanting to attend college seemed impossible, especially far from home.
Learning is something I have always enjoyed, but not in the situation I was in, nor the subjects I had to learn. Switching schools took a toll on my grades, especially in core classes where the state standards varied. After my sophomore year, I realized that my grades were not going to be perfect because of how much we moved, and I started focusing on what subjects I enjoy instead of focusing my time and energy on memorizing information that was not going to be relevant anymore after taking a test. At a conference for the members of the Davidson Institute for Young Scholars I found a love for robotics and computers, so the past few years I have been focusing on that. I also researched
I believe that I am unique in a very unoriginal way. While majority of my friends have a mindset to quickly finish their studies to be able to work and start their career, I don’t think the same way. My passion for knowledge, eager to learn, and strive for excellence is something that I know since I was a kid. The desire to always learn something new can be clearly seen through my attitude that is curious about something new and unique, always research on something I don’t understand, asking my surroundings including my parents and brothers, and learn as much as possible.
Trying new things, and taking an adventure has always been my mantra whenever I approach something unfamiliar and foreign to me. That is exactly what I did when I decided to participate in formal recruitment this year. Taking the adventure and next step to get involved with the Quinnipiac community and find my niche in this expansive community. My parents were skeptical at first of me going out for recruitment, nevertheless, they still encouraged me to broaden my horizons and get involved. However they do not understand the cost and commitment this organization possess.
I’ve had to battle social-economic hurdles, overcome mistakes I made as a youth, and continue after not being selected as an Officer or as a Chief the first time. As I have learned, it is not trying and falling down that defines you but whether or not you are willing to get back up and try again. Lesson Two, always try to get out of your comfort zone! One does not grow unless pushed to learn new skills, and step out to do things that you are not accustomed to doing.
The week prior i had doubted if my focus learner would be able to successfully sequence. To my surprise correctly sequenced a few of the stories I believe my focus learner transitioned from just simply listening to stories to trying to make connections to her everyday life. Although my learner still needs a lot of work with her
The challenges I have faced influenced my academic performance and guided me into pursuing my college education. My junior year was a struggle for me. I decided to challenge myself like I have never been challenged before. I took on an honors class that I clearly wasn 't ready for, but I stuck with it and was determined to finish.
If take-out food was an option, even if it was limited to certain items, I could order take-out food after lunch so I could have dinner that day. After asking these students what they assumed the reason take-out is not currently an option all of them responded with the common concerns of take-out which is students taking more food than they would actually consume. While wasting food is a concern with this option, the benefit to the students outweighs the possibility of irresponsible
I learned that I was placed on this earth to discover my own path, and I wouldn’t be happy if I live someone else’s life. Throughout high school I’ve gained confidence in myself, which really helped me a lot to step out of my comfort zone when in a difficult situation. I’ve learned that what I am doing now will effect me later on in life. I only have to worry about what I am doing not what someone else doing because worrying about someone else will not get you any
“What do you want to do when you become older?” That is a question many of us were asked when we were extremely young. As we grew up we continued to be asked the same question whether it was by a family member or a friend. The bold among us likely conjured up occupations a far cry from the typical nine-to-five grind; only to learn later in life that job opportunities like being a veterinarian would be hard to come by. At first, I thought that question would have been a lot easier to answer, until I had to start preparing for my college applications.
Why do you want to go to college? Ironically, this question was first asked of me by my parents. This was a long time ago and the world was a different place.
Going back to school has always been on my mind but never a priority. I allowed other life distractions to interfere. After what seems like years of trying to find my identity and motivation, I have finally decided to go back to school to better not only my life but my daughter’s as well. Being a single mother of one, I want my daughter to see that not only your skill set, but a college degree is a great way to start your career and meet the expectations you set for yourself. The expectations I have for myself are finishing my Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management and eventually finishing with my MBA in Human Resources.