A time when I was faced with a significant challenge, but learned to overcome it was sophomore and junior year in history. History has always seem to be the class I tend to struggle in, no matter who I sit next to or how many notes I take. Sophomore as time when on to second semester I realized I wasn’t doing well; I was procrastinating with homework, not doing well on test, and stated to pay less attention in class. I got a D for the first semester and when I saw that on my report card I knew I had to change something. I realized history need to become a much higher priority.
Therefore, I should look to other too in the fields that I would want to go into and get firsthand knowledge from them. People around me have a lot of knowledge to pass on if I simply ask and man of them are willing and want to help younger students learn. Overall the experience was very eye opening and I plan to do more in the
My hands became clammy and my heart started racing. I did not want to believe the words coming out of my mother’s lips, “His kidney failed three weeks after the operation, he is dead”. I was just 5 years old and I felt like there was no purpose to live. My father was everything to me. I already missed his genuine kindness, the way his smile formed whenever he talked to me about life, and the times where we had father-son time at the airport, watching airplanes fly.
Flashback to my junior year. I sat quietly in my AP Lang class as my teacher, Mrs. Fisher, announced that the reading competition between the language arts classes called for the book count for September. She stood at the board, marker in hand, staring out expectantly at her large class. Hands shot up across the classroom, and my own nervous hand rose up to join them. Mrs. Fisher happily chalked up the small fortune of books that our class had read.
All my life, I was always told that I was so smart and advanced for my age. Everything came easy to me: math, writing, reading, sports, and even playing many instruments. All this came with little work. So I seldom ever had to study or practice for anything. This occurred all throughout elementary and middle school.
We learned the material in class and was assigned homework everyday. However, when the test came along, the results I obtained were devastating. Test after test, I kept getting C’s, D’s and even E’s. Every time I get a bad test score back, I would shrug it off. “The next test will be better,” I kept telling myself.
The best form of knowledge is one that is relevant in all aspects of life. History is important not only because it offers insight on how life was in the past, but also allows us to better understand current situations. Since a young age, I found myself longing to be informed about the world around me. Thankfully, this urge was settled by local news broadcasts. Whether this interest developed due to the lack of cable television in my household or an actual interest, the news broadcast became “must-see” programming for me.
I learned how to adapt to the individual needs of students to provide them the best education. Like students with a communication disorder, many of my students would shy away from activities or tasks because of obstacles. Through these experiences, I watched my students gain the confidence to participate in activities and excel in academics to become successful individuals. As a future Speech Language Pathologist, many qualities that I possess can be improved by furthering my education.
One Earth, One History, One Class The most stressful time of the year for many students is when a student must choose the classes that they will be taking the upcoming year. Essex High School offers a wide variety of classes regarding history, which can make it difficult to choose a history class to take. At Essex High School students can take several different history classes such as Global Military History, U.S. History, American Government, many more and my personal favorite AP World History.
I'm honored to have been part of this propitious program. Even though my time in the program was short I got to experienced things, and learned skills that I believe wouldn't have been able to experience in other program. I appreciate the
What made me the literate person I am today consists of 3 events from my childhood. To start off my reading career, the summer before 4th grade I stayed the night with my grandma. She was my best friend and introduced me to a lot of things, including Mid-Continent Library. The next morning we went to the Burr Oak Woods off 7 highway and had an awesome time! Afterwards we stopped at the library just down the street, I picked out 2 books a magazine and most importantly a movie.
At some point in our lives, I'm sure everyone has had some experience, whether on a sports team, group school project, or other group activity where the workload has not been equally carried and frustrations arise. It is common in these situations to have one person who is left carrying the responsibilities of others, but in the end, sees the grade and recognition they worked for go to those who contributed little to nothing. The frustrations that would arise from this situation can also be reflected on a larger scale at times you might experience later on in life. Imagine you were a surgeon who had studied and trained to get to where you are professionally.
My senior year, my AP biology teacher recommended me for an internship with WISE (women in science and engineering). I was the only student from my school to be accepted and I was placed in the chemical and biomolecular engineering department at Johns Hopkins. I worked with a PhD student with the ultimate goal of creating signals that indicated cells specific behaviors depending on their location by developing patterns with DNA. To do this, I tested different reactions in a spectrofluorometer to measure the fluorescence emitted by each sample. This hands-on experience fascinated me and helped me realize that I am truly passionate about laboratory
The first half of this semester was swift and I can’t believe how fast it passed by. College is a whole new world for me that I had never imagined with a lot of new experiences that I hope will shift me into a better and smarter person. There are more things I can do in college that I would have never dared to do in high school and I am happy for these new freedoms. I am able to eat in class, leave class without asking and they don’t care if I pay attention or not. My high school teachers would always tell me to wait for the bell, sometimes would not let me leave and if I did not pay attention they would yell.