I am Esteban Rogelio Reyes, and I’m in the ninth grade. About a few weeks ago you came and visited Rancho Mirage High School and gave us copies of your book, Autodidactic. That book really changed what I think about education, learning and taking responsibility into my own hands. After reading your book, I thought about who I am, my struggles and my accomplishments. I think one of the very few accomplishments I’ve made in my life include getting a perfect score of 600 on the California State Test in English or Math (I can’t remember) in fifth grade.
There was even a guy who used to come to school on heroine, but all of the kids at my high school had every bit the same opportunity I did. We didn 't have separate teachers or classes, there was no busing and the school had been integrated a long time.” Although the civil rights struggle was different in the north from what was going on in the south at the same time, there were still racial tensions and inequalities occurring all
I have always had A’s and B’s in the gradebook. This is why last year I got the A/B 4 Quarters Honor Roll certificate. I take my education seriously and this year I am also 3 honor classes, including Algebra I. I am also Advance Spanish classes. I like to get good grades and I don’t do it for money like some of my classmates. I just get a good job from my parents and I am totally okay with
When I was in fourth grade I maintained a high grade even though it was sort of a middle school atmosphere. My teacher recommended me to attend KIPP Academy Middle School due to my proficiency in public school. KIPP challenged my work ethic and showed me that oneself needs more than brute intelligence to be successful. I struggled when I first arrived because I
Nearly all are motivated to help others. This desire to protect, to keep others safe, creates humility, cooperation and a willingness to learn. Not every applicant makes it into my classes, and not every student gets a certificate, though I make it hard to fail if you sincerely want to learn. The great majority do make it. I want to train people that I would be willing to hire, and that doesn’t include Mr. Billy Badass, current drug abusers, or keyboard
Anytime I am placed in the same position I was on that day I get feelings of nostalgia of this episode that occurred in my life. This triggered me to become self conscious and thus connects to an experience I went through during high school. In high school, every student had to take numerous state examinations for each subject called the Regents, administered by the State of New York. It was an exam based on what students learned throughout their year in each subject. These subjects would include English, mathematics, history, science, and foreign language.
My friends told me, “It 's just one class,” or “Math is hard, it 's okay.” For me it was not okay, and after having a meeting with my counselor concerning my math grade, she told me “try harder next year.” So, coming into senior year I felt the same thing I felt during my first day of high school, pride and confidence. I finally understood what Mr. Kalbach meant when he said he wanted to be like me in high school. He was not talking about my grades, attendance, or my attitude for school. Mr. Kalbach wanted to see the Ramses that I saw in the mirror the first day of senior year, and I know I will not let him
High School High school has been pretty good to me this far. I really have not had a problem with any of my teachers, and I’ve made a lot of new friends. A big reason on why I have liked it so much is because freshman year went by like a flash. All I can really remember is moments of me showing how immature I was at that point. A big memory was me not being able to shut my mouth in my english class.
That was the first month in my high school, in a Language and Arts class. Our English teacher Mr. Peterson let us read an eight pages article and wrote three paragraphs journal about our opinions. It was easy for my classmates because they were all Americans, but it was hard for me. I was the only one who cannot finish that in-class assignment, so I just
Over the years, I have been taught discipline and endurance, which ultimately led to my academic success. Since the age of four, I have attended various math and writing classes, closing the initial gap between me and my classmates. Also, I spent my eighth-grade year at BASIS Ahwatukee, similar to the KIPP Academy mentioned in Outliers, where teachers drill academic proficiency into the students’ minds. As a middle schooler, I took eight classes a day, three of which were required science courses. These circumstances represent the “rice paddy” analogy where you can use grit and diligence to wipe away any disadvantage.