I began high school at Bell Gardens High at the age of 14. I attended my first high school for only a year and a half. I then took another year and a half off from school and opted for Independent Studies for a few months, before finally arriving at Vail High School. Vail High was my last option for an education because it's a continuation high school. If it were not for everyone at Vail who helped me, I would not have graduated high school on time, at the age of 18, and with a valid diploma.
I wrote the following paper in my senior year of high school. It's called My Journey to Vail High. I wrote it per a specified format designed by my teacher at the time. This paper received high remarks and aided me in establishing some of the most important academic relationships I developed at Vail High School.
I've been a Vail student for nine months. Since the beginning of my term here I have gone through many small transitions that eventually became an a apparently large one. I gradually changed my ways, learning from examples of my teachers to be a model student. Before coming to Vail, I displayed most of the characteristics of an Apprentice in my responsibilities, classroom behavior, work habits, language skills, and problem solving abilities. Now, nine months later, I have reached my goal of displaying characteristics of a college bound student.
Before enrolling in Vail, I attended Bell Gardens High School and went to Independent Studies. I was always aware that school was a priority, yet I allowed personal issues to interfere with my school work and was tempted to skip class from time to time. I was geared to do only what I was obligated to and nothing more. I viewed extra tasks as unnecessary even though I was behind in my classes. This attitude hindered me in reaching my full potential.
When it came to my class behavior, I avoided participation in certain activities and interaction with some people. I tried staying on task in my classes but allowed distractions such as thinking too much about other things or letting my classmates talk to me. Although, I did respond to my teachers' directives and conformed to whatever they asked, I would start things and never finish them, procrastinating constantly. Fortunately, I was willing to accept help from others so that I could catch on to things.
As for my work habits, I wouldn't ask for help since I pretty much kept to myself. My assignments were usually partially completed and I was learning to be organized. I used to keep an agenda with me but I failed to turn in my assignments, even if they were complete. My personal problems got in the way of my focusing on my homework. I would always stay home and study, although I would learn about other things that had nothing to do with school. I researched on personal interests instead. I didn't have much confidence before either, not even enough to face a teacher about an issue. now, I am very organized, complete most of my assignments to get my credits, and actually ask for help.
I have always had basic language skills, developing word processing skills and completing basic reading assignments. I had average test scores but wrote very well. When it came to problem solving skills, my priorities would constantly shift and my emotions clouded my decision-making. Currently, I have improved, I am able to identify and assess my problems, making options my solutions. My priorities are geared for graduation and I apply logical and effective decision making in the process. I analyze situations and manipulate them to benefit me instead of dragging me down.
In the time that has passed up to this point, school has become my top priority. Tardies and absences are rare for me and I don't allow personal distractions. I spend extra time at school by attending Adult Ed. classes and helping out wherever I can after school. In my classroom behavior, I have taken a leadership role and assist my teachers in class management. I usually spend extra time on my assignments so that they are done by my teacher's standards and I can apply some sense of personal style to my work. I also seek guidance from anyone I feel can aid me.
As a Senior at Vail High School now, compared to being a freshman at BGHS, I am an effective speaker and writer and have advanced test scores. I am fully prepared for all of my classes and self-directed in my tasks. I am able to manage extra work loads without being stressed since I work best under pressure. All of my work is organized and well done when I turn it in, which accounts for my good grades. I like to ask essential questions as well; I value being informed about what is necessary to know. I also integrate research skills in all relevant class work to enforce what I have learned.
I have inevitably reached my goal of becoming a top student, a Master at displaying refined scholarly characteristics. I came to this level independently for the most part, with some help from teachers and the administration. I used to not care about my future and would settle for the least that was offered to me. Now I am motivated to strive for the best that I can gain and am determined to succeed in my life based on what I accomplish in the remainder of my high school career. It really feels great to know how far I've come.
My goals have changed as well, now I am anticipating my entry into active duty in the Air Force as an Aviation Resource Manager. I also look forward to attending college and acquiring a PhD in a major subject I may study in the future. I'd like to experience being employed in several different occupations, most likely pertaining to psychology. I would most like to accomplish full independence mentally, financially, and personally. I just want to have a satisfying lifestyle.
"Let us, then, be up and doing,
With a heart for any fate;
Still achieving, still pursuing,
Learn to labor and to wait."
-Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
I persevered to get where I am, helping others along the way.