It is through this knowledge that I have learned to overcome discrimination and the uncertainty of living in the shadows. I experience rejection and discrimination throughout the formative years when my character was being built, but that allowed me to become the person I am today. No more than a year ago, I thought all my hard work was in vain. My visa was about to expire and immigration denied me a renewal of my student visa due to my family’s low income level. Without any legal documentation stating I could be in this country, I was afraid I would not be able to continue my education or obtain a job in my desired field.
Not going to college was not an option for me, but I simply did not think I was the type of student who went to community college. I faced an identity crisis unlike one I had never known. Why did I spend my entire high school career taking solely AP and honors coursework only to end up staying in my hometown while all my classmates all got to go to four year universities? Seventeen year old me thought this was truly the worst thing that could have ever happened to me, but reflecting on that time, it truly was
Something such as returning back to school was long gone and in my past goals. After a couple of years I never thought I would end up going back to school since everything that I wanted was going good and according to plan. However sometimes we are faced with tough situations where we must find other resources in order to improve and better ourselves. Going back to school was one of the most important and wise decisions that I have ever made. Finding well-qualified candidates for a job or career nowadays is a challenge, especially in the field that I am currently in; law enforcement.
High school has impacted my life in so many ways. High School taught me so many things, from personal relationships to creating a relationship with my education. As a freshman, I made a huge amount of mistakes and I regret doing foolish things, but I’ve realized, I was only maturing into the young adult I am today. Freshman year, I was out of focus and I was only trying to find myself. I would also prioritize other things and ignore my parent’s advice, where they would tell me to focus in school and give it my full attention.
My second semester of school I decided that because I already knew where I was going to college I didn’t have to try as hard in school and work as hard for my grades as I had before. I began slacking off inside as well as outside of the classroom. I stopped doing homework to my best ability’s, stopped studying for tests, and worst of all I was lying to my mother. For almost four months I treated my mother poorly. I constantly lied to her face about how my grades were.
My entire senior year of high school, an eerie fog of anxiety lingered around myself because of the approaching new part of my life that I couldn’t quite anticipate as well as other events in my life. This chapter in my life that I almost dreaded because of the uncertainty, the path that was always envisioned for me, ironically, the only certain option for myself–attending college. I had my fears before I even applied to a school because I knew myself, I knew I wasn’t as independent as I let myself out to be, and I knew the chance of getting rejected by my first choice school was likely, a school where my friends were attending, where almost complete independence wouldn’t swallow me whole. As you might guess from my transfer application, the likely indeed happened. And so, the most difficult and independent
My grades at the time weren’t as bad as some of my peers but were still lacking effort. As I got up to higher grades, like seven and eight, I realized school was going to be fairly advanced and I had to start trying immensely. That’s when I took things into consideration and seriously. A light sparked in my head for me to change and improve. I’ve changed drastically from Middle school by having an advanced maturity, a change in physical appearance,
For many years, a question has been ask trillions of times throughout the homes of families.What are you going to do after High School? Everyday you hear many different answers and bunch of different lectures of what you should and what shouldn’t you do. Having many honorable mentions such as Steve Jobs, Dave Thomas, or Kevin Rose shows that college after high school is not the only option. Four-Year Universities are not practical choice for most Americans students after High School because of the lack of preparation for a college education,Student are pressured that having a college degree is the only way to maintaining a stable financial life , and A college degree doesn 't pay off for years . Recent numbers revealed a glaring gap in the nation 's education system: A high school diploma, no matter how recently earned, doesn 't guarantee that students are prepared for college courses.
It all seemed great, but was I ready or would I ever be ready to see people in their worst days? It took me a whole year in college to realize that firefighting was something I did not want to pursue. Desperately looking for a new major, I started to consider teaching, but purely for selfish reasons. However, somewhere during my second year of college, there was a significant spark that led me to want to pursue teaching for a different reason. In high school, sports were everything, maintaining a good GPA was crucial.
My Educational Journey Today I would consider myself an average student. On occasion I tend to slack off but what student doesn’t. At the end of the day, I always try my hardest to be the best possible student I can be but, life isn’t perfect everyone has setbacks but we have to work through it. Don’t take obstacles as a negative switch them into a positive use them as motivation to keep going, Ralph Marston states “you turn a negative into a positive, you gain twice. You are no longer burdened with the negative situation, and in addition to that you are strengthened by a new positive force”.
I do not know where it came from, maybe from the exhaustion of listening to my father, but when I entered high school, I switched from not wanting to fail for my parents to wanting to succeed for myself. I challenged myself academically and socially. Though I was afraid to fail, I convinced myself to enter the Running Start program. This decision was difficult for me because it meant leaving the few friends I had for a place filled with strangers. It meant having to be alone again.
I may have not been the best student but I still tried to improve and I started working better at it. Eventually things resolved and my parents got back together but it was still pretty bad. At least by this point they were together I we all lived together. They still argued all of this time, but for me this was better than before. My road back continues onto now.
I have attended Laguna Blanca School since the beginning of high school. I faced many challenges that I had not been prepared for, such as managing my time with schoolwork and sports. Freshmen year I struggled to find the time to finish my work, so I had to work in between classes or immediately after class to keep up with other classes. After the semester, I was frustrated and wanted to leave Laguna Blanca to attend a public school, where the workload and academics might be less challenging; however, I decided to stay at Laguna to better prepare myself for college. Being a student at Laguna Blanca has given me many responsibilities, but there is always assistance available.
Clayton – you deciding to go to college is the same reason I decided to go. I do well at the job I am at, but I am limited as to how far I can move up. Getting my degree will help me find something else in a different field and make more money. The short story “Everyday Use” reminds me of my mother because she did not go to school passed eighth grade. This did not keep her from going after what she wanted and it made her push me, and my two siblings to graduate high school.
When 6th grade came, I transferred into a Baltimore City Public School since I really wasn’t getting the education I needed at the private school. It was still rough not fitting it. I thought that becoming like the other kids would make me happy, but I was learning new things everyday and I realized in high school that being the outcast is better than being like everyone else. The journey I dealt with in high school was very emotionally tough and life changing. 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.