I knew that I needed to not just put in the same effort as other kids my age but far more. I needed to show others that yes, I am not from this country, but I am capable of doing as good and if not better. Looking back, I can proudly say that my all my hard work ever since has paid off. Today, I am a thriving early college student. At the age of fourteen, I was accepted into an Early College High School that has allowed me to take dual credit courses since my freshman year of high school.
My High school is the best school for me. In saying this I mean that my high school might not be the most challenging but it has helped me out in a lot of ways. With that in mind I have to admit that San Jacinto Christen Academy has not prepared me for college as I believe it should have. It has how ever made me a better person and who I am today. I am not prepared for the work that I am going to get when I attend college but I am prepared in a different way one that most people ever even think about.
I have learned so much from my high school american history course so far and I’m genuinely shocked by how interesting the information we are learning is. When I generally think about history it bores me but when I started learning about history this year everything changed. I think it’s very important to know history because without those historic events we quite possibly wouldn’t be where we are today. So that’s what I will be trying to do. Teach.
With the help of my Village, I was able to gain acceptance into one of the most prestigious academic institutions in the world, known as the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Coming from Stone Mountain, black and brown students struggled with obtaining a high school diploma, let alone an undergraduate degree. By remaining diligent and persistent throughout my academic career, I was able to regain the power and matriculate in a system that was not meant for African-Americans to thrive. Attending UCLA is substantial for me because now, I have the opportunity to break the cycle of poverty within my family that would have been prevalent if I had remained in Stone Mountain. Many of my friends back in Georgia are either dead or in jail.
I have taken courses on other parts of the Middle East including Iran, Afghanistan and Iraq but have yet to take a course that addresses the history of this struggle. It sounds nerdy but I feel like every Political Science course I have taken at Boston College has been a piece of a larger puzzle and with each class my understanding of the region and current US policy become clearer and clearer. The issue is such an important one and I would regret not taking a course that would fill in such a large piece of the
Because contextual explanations define the behaviors of everybody, I would like to explain the reason why I intend to study in law school after my time here at Penn State. I certainly have not always been interested in law, especially before my senior year of high school. In fact, I had friends, as well as one teacher, who told me that this idea would be a terrible fit for my personality and that I should just scrap it. What these people failed to realize, however, is that I want to do this for so much more than a high salary, great benefits, or prestige that comes with having a Juris Doctor; I want to do this for others. The two factors that really led to this decision are 1. my family situation as a child, and 2. the best friend that I’ve made since I’ve been at school.
It all seemed great, but was I ready or would I ever be ready to see people in their worst days? It took me a whole year in college to realize that firefighting was something I did not want to pursue. Desperately looking for a new major, I started to consider teaching, but purely for selfish reasons. However, somewhere during my second year of college, there was a significant spark that led me to want to pursue teaching for a different reason. In high school, sports were everything, maintaining a good GPA was crucial.
I had not heard of social work until my first year of college. I started out as a chemistry major with hopes of doing forensic science. I soon discovered that chemistry was not for me so I began to look for a new major that my school offered. I just happened to stumble upon Social Work. The more I learned about social work, the more I fell in love with this profession.
I try to be as realistic as possible in most situations, I know college is not going to be easy especially with the major that chose me. But after my visits to Lindenwood I understand all the ways that help is accessible to me. And since my failure in Algebra 2 the year prior I’ve gained new ways to make it fool proof that I remember to do my work. With the help of calendars, alarms on my phone, and writing and recording notes as the professor speaks I feel that I am prepared to succeed at college. With these tools I fully plan on surpassing others in my pursuit of higher education.
Reflecting on how I have gotten where I am, I remembered a first-year undergraduate version of myself. I was a science major succeeding at everything but my science classes. I considered switching my major, I even considered switching universities, but I decided to stand up to the challenge that I had accepted upon matriculation and simply try harder. I admittedly didn’t have a strong science
During this time period I saw multiple neurologists, orthopedists, and concussion specialists all around the state and country. These physicians were not mentors to me, but the things they discussed while going through the diagnosing process thoroughly intrigued me. I honestly had no idea what it meant to be a doctor minus the various checkups and shots required for school. From the first concussion on though, I began to expand my knowledge surrounding the field of medicine. By the end of my freshman year of high school I knew this was now something I wanted to pursue and took every academic and shadowing opportunity I could to ensure this.
Prior to Writing 010 I had no understanding as to how difficult research papers were formatted. My experience on being capable to write a well-developed research paper was beyond minimal. This assignment was by far one of the most challenging. As a second year college student I know what is expected of me. In order to have a successful college writing career I believe one needs to be capable of properly locating credible sources, provide citations and avoid plagiarism.
Adams, a Great Man! Before taking this class I had only every studied history in high school, and like most I had a vague idea of the events that had passed. After ready thru the units and the other reading assignments my perception of the past has changed greatly. At first I had a hard time trying to find a figure of great importance on which to write my assignment on, but once I read of Samuel Adams and the unbelievably great things he did for this country my choice had been made for me. He was a great man and a true patriot.
I Don’t Know, LVA, What Does This Book Mean To Me? I chose The Geeks Shall Inherit The Earth because it was the first book I noticed on the list. Before I even read the other titles, I knew this book would interest me. However, after in depth research about the book, I realized The Geeks is filled with very intriguing topics about the high school experience I never thought to question before. For example, the main point of this book is the shocking discrepancy between success in high school and success in adulthood, which has occurred to me before, but it was never a burning question that was in my mind.
I had graduated high school convinced I was going to be an accomplished architect. Knowing this was my goal; I applied to, and attended Roger Williams University. However, I quickly learned architecture was not the career meant for me. My grades were fine and I was doing really well in my classes, but in the back of my mind I couldn’t imagine not working