My “threshold guardian: was most likely myself and my fears. At first, it took me a while to accept my responsibilities and get over my fear of failing and getting nowhere. Now that I am within the “unknown” there are many challenges that I face every day and will continue to face. There is the challenge of finding out what I want to study in college, doing well on standardized tests, and getting good grades in all of my classes. There are also temptations I have to face such as choosing whether to hang out with friends or do the homework that is due the next day.
I have had many teachers throughout the years that have had a great impact on my attitude toward education. No instructor however has had such a huge impact in my life as Miss Mindy Sopher. I first saw her name as my academic advisor listed in My Pack Portal, or my online account at NC State. I had no idea what type of experience I would have with her. Last summer before my freshman year, I sent her an email introducing myself and she was quite impressed by my ambitions, especially becoming a “geographical engineer.” I couldn’t wait to meet her in person at my orientation.
This was by far the most difficult challenge I faced in connecting with my students. While students became pretty eager to attend the FIG session throughout the semester, they were not as enthusiastic about doing things outside of the class. The first event I tried to organize was a study session in preparation for the first round of midterms. I chose a location that was very central to where many of them lived and on a day of the week that they said was best. Throughout the week, I constantly reminded them about the study group session, however, on the day of the event, I sadly only had two students attend.
My journey consisted of many good and bad times, and throughout the years I discovered my strengths and weaknesses. I made new friends, took on different tests, accomplished many things. My first year was my most difficult, being new to the school, but as the years went by, school became a more fun experience for me. Knowing that the 4 years of high school was a journey for me, I was able to brace myself for the difficult times to come and the rewards I was going to receive. At the end of the journey, I had gained a lot from these 4 years, but it also prepared me for my next journey, my journey through university.
I believe my SAT were the reason for my decline, but since then I have applied my since in college and worked hard to get good grades and that is why I have a 3.7 G.P.A. As a transfer student it is much harder to apply since the engineering field is very competitive, I hope I have provided enough information to be granted
Although my mentee is different than me in some ways, we have found various ways to connect on other subjects. I have helped my mentee go from making C’s in all of her classes, to now being an honor roll student. We’ve worked each session on study skills, time management and organization. It has been so rewarding seeing her achieve all of her goals she has set for herself at the beginning of the year. Also, aside from grades and school my mentee struggles from a lot of changes that happens in their home.
But these are obviously not the only people who have helped me. I deliberately left my parents and other family members out of the essay. Partially, this is because I believe it’s so obvious that they shaped my life. The other part is that I wanted to challenge myself to think of other people who might not normally get recognized as important people in my life. As I move forward with my first semester of college, I am bringing pieces of all of these people with me..
Luckily, I managed to land a job as a camp counselor, but something was still missing. Finally, I realized that I wanted to go back to school. Going back to school drastically changed my life. My work ethic, free time, and self – esteem have all changed my daily life for the better. When I was in high school I think it is safe to say I was a pretty good student.
I am able to come up with solutions to problems and take initiative on a task, provide community service, positive advice and encouragement to my fellow friends and classmates. Also Golden Door seeks out intellectually curious students who are committed to developing their talents for lives of leadership and service, I can say that I have these characteristics. Even though I did not attend College after my High School graduation, I did not give up on my dreams. It actually took me to years to be part of Guilford College, over those two years I felt lost falling into an endless abyss but continue to reach out to Colleges asking in what ways they could help me to make College affordable. I applied to many scholarships, Es El Momento, North Carolina Hispanic College Fund, Hispanic Scholarship Fund, Etc.
I have always thought that significant change is a long process. However, five months in college changed me more than ten years in elementary and high school ever did. Because everyday in the university, I live a routine, which requires me to be independent from my parents, responsible for my own needs, wise in making decisions, and careful in trusting people. I have truly seen myself grow within my first three semesters in the university and it manifests so much in my attitude and outlook in life today. University life makes me know myself better.
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.
I have also held many leadership positions throughout my high school years. Being the executive secretary my freshman year, class secretary my sophomore year, and class vice president my junior year as well as being involved with Friends of Rachel and FCCLA clubs has taught me how to be dedicated and handle many tasks at once. Throughout high school, there have been very few days where I have been able to just go home after school. I am always very busy, and I have learned how to manage my time well, meaning that I can handle many things thrown my way. The money granted to me would not be
College is an important and new experience for many people including myself. Coming into college I think a lot of people have small mindsets including myself towards what takes place. As Robert Frost said “we come to college to get over our little mindedness.” I agree with statement currently being a freshman in my first semester of college. College in general is a life changing experience that comes with a lot of life lessons. I think a great deal of people come in to college not knowing what to expect.
Aguila Youth Leadership Institute has taught me many things over the last two years I have been part of it. I have learned many things from how to make myself look better in front of colleges to how to be confident in myself and where I come from. I came into Aguila knowing very little and since then I have learned lessons that will help me now and later in my life. To pay it forward with what I have learned in Aguila I will tell people about this and how it is not just about getting help for college like some people think it is, it is about helping yourself build a future for yourself and generations to come. Furthermore, I will pay it forward by coming back and helping those who are helping me right
Chandelar O. Chavis Psyc 210 December 2, 2015 MWF 10:00 Career Report Being an undergraduate fresh from high school many of us including myself come into college with several friends and a game plan. It is a sad, but naturally honest fact that those specific plans do not always work out. Many of us partake in different experiences introducing us to new environments along with new individuals. We begin our studies with the desired major, the major we intend on graduating with but get into the classes and have a change of heart. I was originally a Psychology major with the intention of becoming a doctor, but after becoming involved with different on campus engaging activities I had a change of heart and switch to English.