I found myself to be very successful in that area until my junior year; when I realized some of those friends could not be trusted. As high school progressed and the drama plied up, I had to remain focused. This may have been one of the biggest challenges for me. Additionally time became an issue when I began playing sports. Attempting to complete the heavy workload assigned by my teachers all the while trying to uphold my social life, it was evident as my lack of attention began to show in grades.
School has always been my main priority and job. I already feel I have accomplished greatness by working as hard as possible in school. Being at the top of my class and having a 4.0 GPA, amazes me. Knowing that I will graduate this year with outstanding achievements makes my family and I proud. Even though getting to where I am now has been hard and stressful, it will and is worth it.
We all have accomplishments to be proud of, such as 2,000 hours of community service. We have worked hard to exemplify our community traits and keep our grades up. Even though some of us may be going to different high schools or even moving out of state, we will always be connected. I would like to thank my peers for giving me a great middle school experience. We wouldn’t be where we are today without the help from our teachers and families.
Being nominated for the National Honors Society is an amazing privilege. Over the years in New Dorp High School I have strived to do my best to achieve as much goals as possible. Now that I have been qualified for the NHS, it makes me realize that I’m on the right path and all my hard work is paying off. In my previous years I have tried to maintain an eighty five average, but now I’m making an effort to stay at ninety and above. Not only do I focus on my average but I try to participate in extracurricular activities as well.
In fact, most students bring home an average of three or more hours of homework that has to be completed for the next day. Even parents would agree that the work pupils are assigned in the 21st Century is highly overwhelming and . It is extremely inappropriate to overload students with homework after a full day of school, because this leads children to stress and depression, it is a burden on parents and it leads to family conflict. When the classes are coming to an end and teachers announce the homework requirements, they believe that this work stuck behind more books and writing after school is over, will further their education. Piling on the homework will not help the students advance in school.
I have made many friends including Cadet/Private Sommermeyer and Cadet/Private Tatum. These many friends extend beyond the JROTC classroom and will no doubt be there when I most need them to be. Another thing ROTC is good for is community service hours. My counselor has already given me a community service worksheet to fill out whenever I do something and she says it will help me get into a much better college and will also look good on my Job/college application. JROTC also inspires me to work hard in school and out of school.
Reflection Essay Cierra Tigard 02/28/2012 Leadership For the last three years I had been dreading taking Leadership class. I had heard that the class was extremely difficult and you had to devote a lot of your hours to planning, brainstorming and setting up for your events. I’ve never really been a leader, I’ve always been more than willing to let another student stand up and take initiave. The first day of class in the Lecture/Drama room I felt like the large amount of students was intimidating, I felt small and out of my comfort zone, it seemed like my plan of waiting to take Leadership when I was an upperclassman did not give me the upper hand like I had hoped. The speech Mrs. Holler had given had placed a heavy weight on my shoulders, my schedule was already so difficult, and I didn’t think that I would be able to be successful with a class that required so much devotion.
It was late September, and I was in second grade when I realized that I couldn’t read. This had a big impact on me because I felt stupid and cried most days after school. Reading affects everyone's life much more than they realize. Learning how to read was an amazing thing to happen in my life. I finally felt like a normal child once I knew how to read and could keep up with the class.
High school has been a very interesting experience for me. It has definitely had its highs and lows and many confusing experiences in between. Overall, I feel like I have been equipped for not only college, but also life as a whole. High school has taught me many things, both academically and emotionally. It has revealed and exposed my true colors, both good and bad, and as a result, has built many aspects of my character.
This is the season in a high school career that really matters, so I am determined to make the most of it, starting by getting team captain. I step up my game as well as my leadership to prove to my coach that I am the right choice for the position. Fortunately, all of my work paid off and