One of the proudest moments of my life came in 2012 when I received my Associate of Arts degree and graduated as the class valedictorian. I realize that for some people earning a two year degree may seem like no big deal, but the fact that I did it while incarcerated at San Quentin made it extraordinary for me. Before coming to prison, I had failed at my two previous attempts at junior college without earning a single unit. It would take getting locked up and separated from society,before I 'd start to buckle down. I was 33-years old when I completed my first Coastline College course in Geology and received an A.
“Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing.” These were the words that my elementary teacher told my class before a summer vacation. I never forgot them because they were the reason I ever got into my creative writing. I’ve been writing stories for both profit and pleasure for the last ten years, and each one is an example of my improvement. I took this class as a review course after my recent two year hiatus, and I believe that I have made an improvement in my writing as a whole. Before I took this course, I wasn’t confident in my organizational skills, I couldn’t make my stories flow, and I wasn’t sure if I was using correct grammar and punctuation, or just making a fool of myself.
I am a better student because I have learned effective strategies and pondered over my future goals. I have learned a lot about myself as a reader and a writer. When I first began class, I tried to read the DRP test. I had forgotten everything about college vocabulary that was on the test since I left the university in 2013. I had not read any books in a few months until teacher recommend for me to take fifteen minutes to read
This is the reason why I had a long enduring battle to be able to speak a new language and unstable academic performance throughout my college career. During Spring Quarter of 2017, I had the opportunity to volunteer in a program called Conversation Partner Program through my diversity study class. In this program, I conversed with my partner, who was new in the United States, on a weekly basis. Each week, we talked about our cultures, interests, and hobbies. As this program helped my partner practice English, it also helped me gain self-esteem and confidence to express myself openly about what my academic and personal challenges were to the people who know me best.
For instance while thinking about the synthesized essay and the amount of resources needed to write it, I made a plan which helped me manage everything on time. Planning for the structure of my essay helped me use a good amount of recourses and write a good essay. Since I am still in my Freshman year I think that such skills are going to be very helpful in the future. I think that I will be using what I learned from this course in many other courses including, Surveying lab, writing 204, and many other courses. This shows how significant this course
In doing so, I saw my ability to recall vocabulary words, such as the numbers and simple greetings, much easier. Over the two months that Lek and I met for our bi weekly tutoring sessions, I noticed that we both became capable with communicating in the other’s
However, accepting the role at Head Start has helped me overcome all my fears in just three short weeks. I believe that Head Start has helped me mature into a much more diverse professional and advocate and I look forward to the progress I will continue to make as the semester continues. During the first week at my internship placement, Mrs. Kathy and Mrs. BJ, classroom
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.
On top of that, I have really high expectations from my mom and dad based on my level of knowledge. I mean, it 's not my fault! I just really love learning and reading books, everything is so interesting! Anyways, yesterday we finally unpacked the last box, which means we officially moved in! That also means I get to go to my new school tomorrow... Immaculate Heart High School a school with a 4.6 rating and one of the best reputation ever.
Not because I knew to do this skill in two different languages, but because I was going to be able to do my homework in English and share what I had written in my “weekend journal” to the class. Over the course of four years my teachers and Mrs. Smith were proud of me because I had become basically fluent in English. They told me I had improved and advanced a lot in my studies and was ready to take the final test to end with my ELA classes. I agreed to take the test and passed with a good score; back then I was
Hello Brent, it is the end of your first semester in your sophomore year, and I am writing this to you because you have successfully gotten an “A” in religion 101. You have accomplished a lot this semester and have been through a lot, but you have also rightfully deserved this “A”. You have followed helpful tips from the article “Learning” written by Robert Leamnson. You have also followed the guidelines from your syllabus and have asked for help from Dr. Zwissler and classmates. First I would like to talk to you about how you used the tips given to you by Robert Leamnson.
My birthday is in October 2001, meaning that I am unfortunately often the youngest in my class. According to the Matthew effect, I should have difficulties keeping up since “it’s hard for a five-year-old to keep up with a child born many months earlier” (Gladwell 28). In the 1990s, my parents immigrated to the United States from China. With them, they brought the Asian ideology where hard work triumphs over any adversity, since they themselves came from extremely poor families. Over the years, I have been taught discipline and endurance, which ultimately led to my academic success.