Throughout high school , I struggled with academic work . It wouldn't be that I didn't want to do the work ; it was just that it became more difficult for me to remember what I learned and put it to use . But for sports it was a different story , I could remember every single play and execute what I learned with ease . But that was high school now I'm in college and everything is ten times harder . Sometimes I wish the class room were as simple as me being on the field knowing what to do .
It seemed as though my life was being dictated by others, more than before. The phrase “beauty lies in perfection” was always stored in my head and in order to “fit in”, I must act in a certain manner. At the age of 14, I was now in middle school. I had always been a shy person, which this transition harder for me to adjust too. I didn't want to hold a full conversation with anyone in my class unless they were the one to approach me.
I was afraid I would become that black girl who dropped out of high school or got pregnant at a young age. After all, that is what people expected me to do right? Wrong! I worked extremely hard in everything I participated in. My mom was barely around due to her working long hours
Although 9/11 happened years before I was even in middle school, the aftermath was still lingering around me. Getting through middle school was a tough time because I was bullied for what I believed in. However, now that I am more mature and older, I realize that surviving my past was actually accomplishment. My middle school life was the hardest time for me. I was new to the school.
My 7th grade class was given a series of challenges to understand what it was sort of like to be a person with a disability. The hardest challenge was not using your dominant arm to put a shirt on and button it. It was hard being that I couldn’t button my shirt, but some of my classmates were able to button it up and down to get the shirt on and off. I was very sluggish being that I had to restart and make a new strategy to get the shirt on. I was frustrated with the activity where we were not allowed to talk at all, but we had to mouth it.
Cultural differences were sometimes difficult for me and my American friends since they couldn’t relate to having close immigrant relatives. This made me often feel isolated amongst peers my age because they would pick on me for those cultural differences. So, I channeled my differences through theater and soccer which pushed me harder not only to find myself but also define myself. Whenever I was on stage or on the field, I had a sense of belonging and began to find myself. At the age of 16, I dropped out of high school to care for my grandmother who was unable to care for herself and quickly obtained my GED within 6 months of leaving high school.
I also had to overcome some challenges to help other people and be a leader in the classroom. Diane Nash had to overcome many challenges and disadvantages to be able to lead other black people and much like Nash, I also struggle to lead other people because I was so nervous or scared. It’s hard for me to speak up loud and show people who I actually am. But I got better over time. I went to a different school
When I was a boy, growing up in a small city called Midenah I, it was one of the best memory I have ever had, Midenah is located in the west of the kingdom of Saudi Arabia. I was a reckless kid, I used to climb the tree when I was at 7 and then I couldn’t come down I was fearless my mom sometime won’t let go out to play with the kids because I wasn’t listening to a word she said. I admitted I was a stubborn kid difficult to deal with. The first time I was traveling overseas I was alone and I barely speak English at that time, I got frustrated because I couldn’t communicate with the other, however I was patient and I got more emphasized to learn English in the school so I can be able to communicate. It was difficult at the beginning, but the
Now, I was going to be by myself in another school. The only thoughts that were on my mind were how hard it was going to start over again in a place where I didn’t know anyone. After I moved to my new school I started to make friends and I felt okay with the environment. Moving to another school taught me that you have to try to work with your impediments in order to succeed. Nowadays it still hard for me to concentrate, but you have to learn how to deal with that.
The transition from middle school to high school was a big change for me. The 3 reasons why the transition was a big change for me was because I don't have classes with my friends, I don't have effective teachers, and my curfew was extended when I entered high school. Having to adapt to this change has been hard for me, but slowly I am getting used to it. Having different classes from my friends is one of the reasons why the transition from middle school to high school was a big change for me. For example, in middle school, I had all my class with my best friends.
When Gerald Graff says “Until I entered college, I hated books and cared only for sports.” I can relate to him in many ways, not specifically speaking, but in relation to what he had to say as an author. I understand that people aren’t enticed by books until they learn about the power of knowledge. I for one, was such person who didn’t care to read much when I was younger until I reached my senior year of high school when I finally understood the meaning of being educated in all aspects. Education, to me is one of the most important things that a person can have; without an education you’re stuck at the lowest levels of society’s hierarchy. Most don’t care, because they’re programmed throughout their life by their peers and family not to express
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.
Moving to the United States was not an easy journey for my family and I. I had to get integrate to a new society which meant a changing to my traditional lifestyle and habit and learning a new language and culture. In high school, I adapted well because many courses were not too vigorous, and the classes moved at a slower pace. On the contrary, college requires juggling multiple classes and adapting to the new college life. For eighteen years of my life, I had never spent more than two days away from my parents, so it was quite difficult at first. When I first started college, I pursued a major that I have no interest in.