Going to a new school is tough going to multiple schools is tougher. In the book Wonder, August feels what it’s like to be the new kid at school; I could totally relate to this, as I have gone to many schools and experienced the dread and anticipation that goes along with it. August is transferring in to a school instead of getting home schooled, I have never been home schooled but I have been moved across country from Hawaii to South Carolina. It was a huge transition because I wasn't used to the different people. I was a little first grader in a huge school filled to the brim with first to eighth graders, so I didn’t know how to act yet.
I still attended school and maintained a “B” to “C” average. Until— I saw my older cousin graduate, then my big brother...then my little cousins...then my little sister. The constant observations of success left me bombarded with emotions. Once again a critical decision revealed itself. Either, I let their success discourage me or I let it empower me.
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.
My friend's family from elementary school have me an opportunity to live with them. My grades averaged out to a C which allowed me to see my junior year in high school. My hopes of becoming a senior and finishing high school were fading fast, I knew I would not make it. But, I managed to see my first and only group home. I needed to free myself of any street activities in order to prosper.
Moving from elementary school to middle school meant moving to the other side of the school with all of the high schoolers. I felt like I was becoming older, gaining more responsibilities. In middle school I was reunited with my friend, Coleton Reed. This time, he was in the same grade as me. My favorite part about being in middle school was being allowed to play sports for the school.
Once I started loving the city I lived in, I felt better about myself and had more aspirations too. The way I felt about my city and my surroundings had a strong correlation with the way I felt about myself. Prior to this realization, my dreams and aspirations for the future were minimal. I performed well throughout elementary school, and I was moved up a grade because my reading and math skills were advanced. However, when I began attending middle school, the new atmosphere combined with all of the new awareness I gained as I started transitioning from a child to an adolescent ended up in me lowering the expectations I had for myself.
For example, when I was fifteen my family and I moved from our country, Iraq, to live a better live in the united states. Learning a new language was the biggest challenge that I have faced in my life. I have faced so many difficulties during my high school years regarding to the language. Studying, getting involved in some school activities, and communicating with people were the hardest things to me because of the language. Later, I remember that I started to improve my skills by practicing seven to eight hours a day.
When Junior year started, I was stupendously enthusiastic and everything seemed to be great, but then I was giving up on everything. I knew I needed to develop a plan for the following semester so that this would not happen again, which is why I switched to online school. This immensely helped me as I was able to focus on myself, my mental health, and gave me more time to
I told my friend I wouldn’t do it and ran inside. Now, this wasn’t a deal breaker, we stayed friends up until the end of the school year when I had to transfer schools. This experience affected me in many ways. It’s almost like it sprouted a little leaf in me that has grown and grown each time I’ve used it. I’ve learned other values from this experience such as character and my moral
A lot of aspects in my life changed drastically when I started my first year of high school. I became more matured and dedicated in my education, which made me feel better with myself as I started to improve as a student. Teachers suddenly began to mention college and demand the requirement to know what career you want to make a living of, and reality instantaneously hit me hard. I realized that I had to upgrade my grades and start thinking about my future, something that I have been avoiding for a long time, so eventually, when my grades became higher than usual and the only thing left was to decide what major I was getting in my mind was completely blank. Since I was young I thought that I was convinced about what I wanted to do, but I became aware that what I wanted was a bit unrealistic and as I heard my friends talk about their future with such confidence l felt uncertain about mine.
Those three were the individual ones that I seemed to identify the most with but there are common factors that are the same in each and every one of these students. Most of them were motivated by their parents or had some external force holding them accountable. They all had outlets such as sports or even just taking walks to keep them grounded. Mine was reading, I knew when I was younger that reading a book when I was going through something always help, it seemed like I was in a new world. Finally, even though they were all first generation students they still knew from the very beginning that they would graduate college.
For these teenagers it truly was a plus to not only their summer, but for their life. Out of any good study should come many success stories and they are usually because someone did something right. This program started off with every 10 teenagers receiving a mentor. Those mentors could definitely be a part of the success. From personal experience I believe it is important to have someone older than you to guide you throughout life.
I began to think about my future and how my choices were going to shape my life as an adult. I realized that I wanted to succeed and not fall prey to circumstances and bad choices. My background, while adverse, provided me with the skills to nurture my abilities and make the best of difficult situations. I learned to push forward in times of upset or distress. Once I entered high school, I immediately hit the ground running and, for the first time, I made honor roll in my first term as a Freshman.