While at Nashoba, I have only had a few classes that have caused so much distress as my freshman World History class. I left eighth grade with a huge ego in history, but that was middle school and Mr. Sakellarion’s class was a whole new ballpark. Looking back, I should have dropped to accelerated and gotten an easy a, but my pride and love for that class got the better of me, and my grade. For those of you who were wise enough to stick with accelerated, Mr. Sakellarion’s tests and quizzes caused severe anxiety, breakdowns and stress from most of his students, however the day to day classes made that stress worthwhile.
I have never lived in a place for more than two years (I have lived in nine different states), and the lack of stability has made developing close friendships impossible. I think that going to college would help me make close friends, which is something I have never gotten to experience. I am also extremely excited to be able to follow a curriculum and courses all the way through. Switching high schools all of the time meant switching curriculum, and having to learn new things at each school that did not build on what I previously had learned. I had to do a lot of catching up each time we moved, and it will be nice to not have to do that anymore.
The challenges I have faced influenced my academic performance and guided me into pursuing my college education. My junior year was a struggle for me. I decided to challenge myself like I have never been challenged before. I took on an honors class that I clearly wasn 't ready for, but I stuck with it and was determined to finish.
I believed that high school would be a great difference from middle school. I remember that most of my classmates were scared of the adventure we had before us. I, on the other hand, was excited. Ever since the sixth grade, I have longed to walk those halls. I was tired of the strict rules and limited amount of freedom.
Just getting good grades wasn’t enough, I had to earn it with ease. I had to show my invincibility and superiority. It was only the first year of middle school, but everyone was already restless about high school, including me. Plan ahead and be ahead, impress the eyes around me. I calculated each of my efforts to meet the expectations of each class and its teacher.
It is official, your first day of high school did not turn out the way you had hoped, and you would have done anything to change the outcome. This scenario is some where along the same lines of a young man named Soapy’s. In the story “The Cop and the Anthem”, Soapy demonstrates
When my family moved from White Plains, New York, to Barkan, Israel, it was the first time I had ever felt so out of place. I was six years old, could not understand what people around me were saying, and knew no one other than my family. At first, I was bullied for being an outsider, but I eventually learned to stand up for myself, and developed the Israeli warrior soul. Every year in school, we were taught that a “suspicious object,” such as abandoned bags, poses a possible bomb threat. We memorized the procedure to follow if under attack.
Sadly, I could not do it all and in high school I became very anxious about myself and what I was going to do. It got worse when I was being bullied in high school nonstop by students and a few teachers. This all changed for me when I got to meet my heroes, the ones that helped shaped who I was and continue to do so with their work. At Star Wars celebration five I met Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher, or as I like to call them Luke and Leia.
This school year isn 't over yet but the seven months that I have been in the seventh grade I learned that nothing is more important than finishing your homework and getting all your assignments in. I also learned to never wait until the last second to do assignments. Seventh grade has been a great experience and a big challenge but I 'm glad I got to finish the year strong and confident. My first year at Sam Brannan has changed me into a very confident and athletic person.
I had my first official coding class last year, and I learned more than i thought i ever would. I was fortunate enough to have some friends as classmates, and be able to talk to them about the projects we had to complete. Being a freshman who has had no prior experience to coding, in a class full of people who have at least an idea of what methods, parameters, and booleans were made me feel inadequate. I tried my best to pretend like I was doing fine in the class, and that it was really easy, I was just taking my time to work on other things. But in reality, I struggled a lot.
I was terrified of everything. When I first arrived, my biggest challenge was overcoming the language barrier. Instead of hearing words whenever anyone spoke, it sounded like they were mumbling nonsense. The new environment felt incredibly overwhelming to the five-year-old me.
My Middle School Experience Being trapped in the state of fear and lack of self confidence caused me to struggle socially and mentally, but soon I realized how much I have grown as a person. Therefore, I am no longer afraid of starting new and taking a step forward, all thanks to my experience at my middle school MSA (Magnolia Science Academy). It was a sunny day in August when I nervously started 6th grade at a new school named MSA, a charter school located in Santa Clara, with less than 500 people including middle and high school. I started off with several challenges: making sure to achieve straight As, trying to form new friendships, and being in a new environment.
The campus was so dismal and bland. The students were mostly deviance and gang members that had been expelled from their first high school. In contract I chose to go there because the teachers were unexpectedly warm and engaged. They seemed truly eager to see me succeed and I did. I blossomed at that unconventional school academically and emotionally.
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.
I have had a few major things happen to me throughout my life. Most of the important events happened in middle school and further on. I did accomplish a few things in elementary school. Once I was in middle school I joined the scouting organization and achieved good grades. In high school I was placed very high in my class after struggling at the beginning of the year.