After high school, I attended the University of Montana where I was certain that I would spend my time there pursing the pre-med path and finish with a degree in human biology but that wasn’t the case. My transition from my home in Vancouver Washington to Missoula Montana was a tough one. I was challenged just not only an academic level but also on an emotional one. My academic career was faltering at UM and before then, I had never truly experienced failure, it was an eye-opening experience and one I am very thankful for, but I realized that I needed to come home and reevaluate my goals and the career that I wanted for myself. That being said, I was able to learn a lot about myself and the type of person that I want to be, and I knew for certain that I wanted to stay in the sciences regardless of the institution I was attending.
My mother has always told me that nothing good has ever come out of laziness, which has inspired me throughout my life to work hard at anything that comes along my path. For example, when I switched softball leagues I wasn’t considered to be very competitive because I was the new player. I continued to work hard with my new team and by the second season, I started at first base, earned the nickname “Home-Run Hazel” because by the end of the second season I hit five home-runs, and I was also voted MVP of my team. This is a standard that I am still working for in Bettendorf softball that I hope I will reach by next year. This strength has helped me in many of my classes and in all of my extracurricular activities.
I am a twenty-three year old mother, full-time student and wife. I have come a long way since my high school years, from a period of inner conflict and lack of motivation to recently receiving an acceptance letter into a very competitive sonography program at the University of Texas School of Health Professions in Houston Texas. I have come to this program to start a career in the field I have always dreamed of being a part of, a dream that began when I was a child playing nurse. Although my interest in the medical field began with nursing, life has taken men through a path that lead me to sonography. Sonography caught my interest at sixteen when I needed a breast exam to diagnose whether I had breast cancer or not
Now, for many athletes, this story would continue on to tell about how the sport changed her life by teaching dedication, motivation, character building and leadership skills. Naturally, I would credit my involvement in competitive cheerleading with helping to build all those attributes in myself. However, it was one of my very lowest moments that led me to develop a passion for a professional nursing degree. Six years later
All year around I practiced and I could see myself get better but I didn't know if I was good enough to compete in high school basketball. Finally, freshmen year tryouts came, and this year I was confident in my ability but I was also nervous because we had to tryout in front of coaches and upperclassmen I didn't know. Tryouts lasted three days at the end the coaches announced who made the team. The new coach called my name and I slowly walked up to him hoping I was going to make the team.
My 15 year old brother always had encouraged me to try out, after years of seeing me play. We would spend hours outside playing one on one, or just shooting around. At the tryouts, adrenaline rushed through me. Everywhere I looked, people were ether dribbling, shooting, or talking about tryouts and how nervous they were as well. The tryouts started a few minutes later, when the coaches
I want to graduate high school with good grades so that I have a better chance of going to a good college. Next, my goal would be to Graduate from a cosmetology college. Ever since I've been little I have had the fascination of cutting hair, styling and coloring hair. I think going to a cosmetology school is very beneficial because it's exactly what what I want to do for my job forever.
The journey to varsity tryouts started when I was in 8th grade. There was a camp, right after school, where the best basketball players in my class who were going to Canton, were invited to try and make the summer league team. When I got to the gym before I could even put my shoes on, the head coach of the varsity team came up to me and said, “Noah I want you to come to the center court and practice with the varsity players today”. I couldn’t believe it.
As a first generation college student, I have the desire to not only make my parents proud of my academic achievements, but to be the first person in my family to receive a college degree. At a very young age, I was always expected to receive A’s and B’s in my school assignments, as well as my final grades. However, I was never rewarded or congratulated whenever I did receive those grades because it was already expected of me to achieve them. Hence, a time in which I have experienced failure but also felt like I let my family down was when I received a D in my Critical Thinking course I was already retaking for the second time. The first time I took Critical Thinking was during the summer in which it was an 8-week long course.
I feel that I was triumphant in my first year of college with the help of believing that there have been many people that have graduated college, so why can I not do this. Additionally, having a great support system back home and at Chico helped greatly in the transition to the new environment of Chico State. Also, learning from my mistakes in high school of not getting the best grades because of lack of effort helped me become a strong student academically at Chico State in my first two semesters, due to not wanting to repeat the past. My last example of success in my life is being more outgoing and being able to hold a conversation with I person I just met a few minutes. When I was younger I was very shy and could not even look people in the eye when I was talking to them.
During my last year of middle school at Drew Freeman my life changed. I was exposed to a wonderful opportunity. I was given the chance to take a test that would determine
High School is a turning point for everyone at our age, social dynamics and education continue to change as we advance into different fields of interest. I branched into a variety of clubs to get a feel for what I may have a passion for. Entering into the Art Society, Interact, Autistic Painters, National Honors Society, Multicultural Club, etc., I became most involved in DECA. DECA is a marketing club made to enhance communication, marketing, and professional ethics and skills. I attended the district competition every year and always moved forward into states, however, I never applied myself.
Introduction This paper is to define and understand who I am as a student and what direction I need to take to complete my degree and pursue a successful career in life. I was born in St. Ann, Jamaica to hardworking parents and I was raised in the catholic church. I grew up thinking about becoming a cosmetologist but as I become older my direction shifted to law. Unlike many of the other professionals, my passion as I migrated to the states was law because it is a great security aspect and my desire to be in the court room is always something I love, and would love to help people who are unable to secure a lawyer. I do believe with my desire and determination I can make a difference in this world: I can see myself running a law firm in years to come, once I work hard and put in the work.
Entering Rutgers University, I thought my most difficult challenges were going to be reading, writing, and public speaking. However, reflecting on my experience leading up to my graduation, the challenge that comes to mind most frequently, is time management. Learning how effectively prioritize, manage, and balance a schedule comprised of countless assignments, tasks, appointments, familial responsibilities, classes, internships, personal life, and relationships can be intimidating and challenging for those lacking strong organizational skills.