In my very first year of college at Morehead State University, every time I would get a moment to think to myself I’d find that only troubles were waiting to reappear. I would constantly do things to try and keep my mind occupied. As if I could consciously distract myself. Needless to say, I wasn’t happy. I ran into the first these problems shortly after I graduated from high school.
We had finally completed high school and were ready to move on to the next step in our life: college. The moment the head master of my school had announced us as the graduating class of 2011, we all tossed our caps into the air and we were happier than ever. As soon as we paraded out of the ceremony, sadness began to emerge. We were saddened because most of us were moving on to different colleges and we were not going to be able to enjoy each other’s company everyday like we did in high school. Although many people have told me that the best times of your life are spent in college, I knew I would still miss my friends from high school as we moved on to the next chapter in our lives.
We didn’t have a lot of money, we didn’t know the language, but what we did have were minds full of hopes and dreams and the desire and push to make them a reality. In little to no time, I learned the English language, and only a year after coming to this country I was identified by my school as a gifted student. I pushed myself constantly to be better in everything that I did, preparing myself for a college education, thirsty for knowledge and
Year off for high school graduates Why not! I believe it’s a good idea for high school graduates to take a year off before entering college. Nothing is better than stating a year with a fresh and open mind. A year they can use to consider their options, to find stability and it would benefit them because they would be more motivated. High school graduates can use a year before entering college to consider the options.
Is college different from high school? This is a very common question between students that plain to continue their education after high school. I know many students would think as I did. “Nah College is not that hard, it’s just a little bit different from what we are adapted to.” That’s what I used to think before I started FIU; then, I realized I was wrong; everything is different (at least for me). Being involved in college is such a whole new experience for our future and for our life.
Returning to school has been a dream of mines since I graduated from high school. The different job opportunity and having a better income to support me and my family would make me so happy. Quitting my job of 14 years motivated me to return to school to earn a degree. I want to have a stable and good paying job so that I can save for my son’s college as well. Jobs are hard to find these days, especially when they are seeking a High School diploma or a College degree of some sort.
Three years ago, I graduated from eighth grade and was super excited, yet a tab bit nervous to move forward to high school. What made me nervous the most was the work load, meeting new friends and also peer pressure. But despite all my fears, I thought “Hey, this would all my over at 3 o’clock.” So you can imagine what I thought that summer day, when my parents introduced Southland. “This will be a great experience for you! You’ll be the first graduating class, a great academic program, and also a nine hour school day..” (insert shocked face) This/that’s actually how my face looked!
I was fortune enough to get into college, so why not take advantage of it, and get the real college experience, since I did not really have that, High school Experience, this was my chance, to make up for it. My main reason for wanting to go to college is that I wanted to have a better life. I didn’t want to live my life, paycheck to paycheck, and worrying about whether or not, I am going to have enough money to pay to keep a roof over my head. My parents never went to college, and while they both have decent jobs, and make Okay money, it’s still would be easier for them, if they had gone to college, but they did not have the opportunity that I did. Not everyone can go to college to better themselves, but I was a lucky one, and I am blessed that I am getting a chance to make a better person out of myself, by going to college.
So no, I don’t know why I’m in college. I just figured college is what comes after high school and that’s what I’m supposed to do. But what I have learned the past few weeks while being here is that even though I didn’t know why I was here initially, I hope it will impact my life for the better. My future is important to me and I only expect the best for myself. So if attending college is what I have to do in order to be stress free that’s fine.
When I first found out I wouldn’t be graduating, it was an Eye Opener for me. I had no clue what I would do, Consequently, I couldn’t pass the algebra 1 EOC test, along with the SAT or ACT. I thought to myself if I could at least have good enough grades I will get by. I don’t know why I thought that. I just really hoped for the best, later down the road 2 months have passed, I was sitting in 7th period and then my teacher got a call telling me to head down to the guidance counselor called me down, we talked about the direction I was going, my GPA was right where it should be.