I never really took school seriously, I never even dreamt of being a college student, I wasn’t motivated. That was until, I saw that my parents were struggling financially and then filed for a divorce. Every time things got hard, both my mom and dad would tell me to “Focus, take school serious so that you can be successful and help us in the future”. Those words were my call to adventure. That was my motivation, that made me graduate high school and enroll myself at College of Saint Elizabeth.
A statement from Henry Ford, “When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it” (Meah). This quote from Henry Ford is the best way to explain my journey of applying to Stanly Early College high school (SECHS). When I was in Fifth Grade one of my friend’s siblings were applying to the school; after, learning about the school I knew I wanted to attend the school. In order to get into SECHS, the person must apply to the school in Eighth Grade and have a recommendation letter from a teacher and a person they know. Also, the person must write an essay on the reason why they should get into the school.
I did great on that game, sadly I couldn’t get a goal for myself, but my teammates and coach kind words made me happy. I have gained my confidence back. The lesson affected me in a good way. I learned not to give up no matter how tough it is. Nothing is impossible when you put in hard work.
The adversity that I have faced in my life is not something I look down upon. My challenges have pushed me to be the best person I can be and are the root of my success. High school has been an amazing, while also difficult, time for me. It seems like just yesterday I was walking in the doors for my first day of freshman year, unsure what to expect from the new environment. The opportunities that high school offer inspired me to take action and to become involved.
“Everything changes when you arrive at HIgh School,” and, “it’ll be the best years of your life,” I’ve even heard, “you’re going to miss being in school.” I will tell you that while I will miss the three friends I have here in High School, I’m never going to miss the resentment and self hatred that followed my soul all through the first semester of Freshman year that I’m still working through. Freshman year, the first semester, I was shoved in a locker so far that one of my
My senior year of high school, I applied to one university because I the only way to be success in life was to go to that school. Fast forward to a few months later, when I received what I thought was the biggest heartbreak of my life. I was seventeen and my parents had not so great credit, it was impossible for me to get loans for a $50,000 a year school. I was devastated. Not going to college was not an option for me, but I simply did not think I was the type of student who went to community college.
I have a lot of people tell me that I will never make it to college. They see my grades; they see my involvement in after school activities, and then they tell me to get ready to start looking for a job in the work force because that is all I will be able to achieve. I realize that these are huge indicators for college acceptance, but I feel that I have more to prove. I have an unreleased potential that only college will be able to show me. I want the level of difficulty that college provides.
Last year, my junior year, was exciting for me because back then I knew that I was literally one year away from being a senior, but I also faced some very difficult challenges. One of the biggest challenges that I had faced last year was being kicked out of my first high school, Villa Angela- St. Joseph, for reasons that I feft were not as serious as the things other people were doing, but in reality, it was not about anyone else, it was about me. I was in trouble. I had to accept and own up to the responsibility and consequences of my actions. Although I had some pretty hard setbacks, I did have great times as well.
I thought to myself that I am going to make this year; this last year of high school the best yet. I was giving it all to God and I was going to work as hard as I could in all of my classes, always make sure God was first in my life, make more time for family and friends, and do the best I can do at any challenges I face in this year. When I finally arrived at school and entered the building, the only thing I was feeling was…
It was my senior year and I was on track to be Valedictorian at my high school. The school was located in the small town of Hyrum, Utah. I would like to say that I went to a prestigious school that housed the most intelligent students in the country. However, it couldn’t be more different. The pungent smell of manure would waft down the hallways as students walked to and from class, I was always late to school because I would get trapped behind tractors on the single lane highway, and there were always pickup trucks in the parking lot.