Major Project 1- Reflective Narrative Essay Back in elementary school, I believe in the third grade, I remember doing a poster project on a certain country now I don’t exactly remember which country I got. I do remember having very high expectations because it was the very first REAL project I was given on my own and not a group activity. I was very excited and so my father and I went to the store to get lots of things for this poster to make it the best first project I could turn in. My dad promised to help me with whatever I needed, as I was around 9 years old, at the time my father was my best friend so I was very excited. The expectations I had for this project academically were very high I wanted to do every little thing on the rubric including; having the number of pictures needed, having three facts about the country, keeping it neat and tidy, answering all the
Life changing events almost always mark the beginning of a new era in someone’s life. I knew a new era had begun for me when a documentary made by me and two friends was nominated for a Student Emmy. As a rising freshman, I was clueless as to what my focus area would be. I randomly selected broadcasting even though I did had no idea what I would be doing. During the first half of freshman year, I drifted through the class because it was mostly quizzes on camera equipment and cables.
At times I felt as if I was being bullied for having such a concern for my academics or no one understood why I was studying for the SAT on a summer night. Due to this lack of emotional support from my family, this independent disposition was formed in order for me to achieve the goals I wanted throughout high school. Fastforwarding to the end of my junior year of highschool, I am very familiar with myself and my limits. My natural abilities in math and science that were so prominent at an early point in my life initiated my interest in engineering. The field of engineering is quite vast with dozens of subdivisions that utilize different levels of thinking and overall interests.
Then, graduation came and although my grades were not as high as before, I finished senior year with honors. Viewing at it from a different perspective, I realized its significance since it made me who I am today. First, it made me realize of my capabilities after graduating high school with honors. It also made me more persistent and competent. If I backed out from the intensive class where we learned Physics and Math at college level, I would not have gotten As in those subjects in Ateneo and would not even be a Dean’s Lister last semester.
I got ‘E’ grade in this subject and urge me to retake this class next year. I was so hopeless and thought that it was impossible to graduate that year. I asked the chieve of the English Department whether I could retake the subject and take the thesis in the same semester or not. God heard my prayer, my lecturer told me that according to the new curriculum the subject I failed in was moved to even semester and I could retake the subject while taking the thesis. I did my best to pay the failure I did in the previous semster, and finally I could pass both of subjects, graduated that year, and became the best graduate.
I, first, met frustration in 10th grade when I scored D in first essay in my life and it was when I first realized I needed to try harder than what I did in the past. By recommend from my counselor, I decided to take first regular English class in 10th grade; I still got help from ELD class but having regular English class with my 2 years of English knowledge, it was very challenging. Nevertheless, there’s no “give up” in my vocabulary. During class, I could maintain same pace with my classmates by helped from my pink electronic dictionary and at home, I frequently stayed up late to preview the lecture for tomorrow or studying English. As a result, I finished English 10 with A, and the status between my classmates and I totally changed.
I graduated high school at the age of 16 with a 3.5 GPA, and I did not graduate at such a young age for no reason. I believe that I am meant to do something great one day, and I need to be at a school that helps me do this. I need to be at a school that is far enough away from home so that I am taken out my comfort zone and am able to challenge myself so that I may grow rather than remain mentally
The time management skill in my job has helped at school too making studying for finals and exams easier by creating a plan and completing it day by day. I never utilized time management as a young teen because I did not know about the importance it has in successfully completing a job. My work experiences have prepared me for life after high school and I feel that that is the most important take away I have
I 've learned new lessons every day and strategies to better myself as a student. These last four years of high school was a huge impact on my life because it 's getting you prepared for the next step into your career- your future and experiencing this change of becoming an adult has made me a better person/student. As a student about to graduate, I keep on learning many things and still will these upcoming months, but looking back to my freshman year I have grown into an independent woman who knows that it will be tough after high school. Therefore, I am ready to face the challenges that lie ahead as a soon to be freshman in college. As a student, there are always going to be courses that I excel at and others where I need more help.
My drive to become a Communication Studies teacher was sparked when I was a sophomore in high school. In my high school, everyone was required to take one semester of Speech class in order to graduate. My teacher was just another English teacher in the school and she did not approach Speech with the same enthusiasm as she did literature- which was disheartening because I was more than excited to be in this class. Speech was unlike anything I had ever taken, of course I had done class presentations before, but nothing more than a book report with a poster board. Speech felt like a wonderful new world of possibilities when presenting an argument or new information.