Although I have always received exceptional grades from the time I started school, I have immensely changed as a student since the time my schooling began. Throughout my experiences from elementary to college, I have gained an enjoyment and a passion for my area of study and for learning as well.
Ever since I was in elementary, I knew that I wanted to be a teacher; however, at first, it was only because my mother is also a teacher. Every day before classes started, my sister and I would “play school” in my mom’s classroom. I would make her sit at a desk while I taught her a variety of subjects. Although at the time I forced her to do this activity with me mostly out of boredom, it was my first teaching experience, and I absolutely loved it.
In high school, I was involved in an extracurricular activity named Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) where students competed in business-related events at a district, state, and national level. I competed in E-Business where teams must present a website they created to a panel of judges. Although this experience didn’t progress my love of literature, it did increase my excitement for being a teacher. I was previously terrified of presenting in front of any group of people, let alone in a competitive environment. After participating in this event at the district, state, and national level, I began to see public speaking as a challenge that excited me rather than terrified me.
I believe being heavily involved in athletics has also affected me as a learner. Before I enjoyed being a student, I enjoyed challenging myself through sports. Throughout high school, school came much easier to me than sports did, and I loved constantly seeing progress on the court.
I have enjoyed reading since I could pick up a book, and I can remember secretly staying up past my bedtime to read about Junie B. Jones in Barbara Park’s children’s books. I had always sped through books and appreciated being entertained by them; however, my junior year of high school, I had a completely different experience. At the beginning of the semester, we read The Scarlet Letter, and it challenged me more than any other book had before. At first, I hated the book just because it was difficult for me to understand. After taking more time to comprehend the novel, I developed an appreciation for the language style as well as began enjoying the challenge.
Taking college literature classes has challenged me even more. Although I am only a sophomore and have only taken a handful of courses, they have tested my abilities as a reader as well my outlook on the world. I have learned about different types of people throughout history and their experiences, and I think doing this has made me a more well-rounded student and person.
The piano was one of many things I forced my sister to learn throughout our childhood.
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My group placed third in E-Business at the national FBLA competition.
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My volleyball team won the district tournament my senior year of high school.