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High School Days

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High school is a strange time. After three years of trying to develop identity and friends in middle school, students are expected to mature immediately on the first day of ninth grade, but I never completely did this. I never fully realized in earlier grades how important high school success, as measured by GPS and credit, would be to my future life. As a result, I am applying to college with seemingly contradictory measures of my ability to perform college-level work. If I had worked and studied hard rather than hanging out with friends and viewing high school as an opportunity to socialize, I would not have to apply to school with a 21 ACT, a cumulative GPA of 3.032, and no credit my junior year of high school. Had I taken my grades in my earlier years seriously, I could have been an ideal candidate for college.

This year I am making an earnest effort to improve my work ethic and view about high school. My grade point average is raising and my study habits are improving. However after performing poorly my junior year, my GPA cannot reflect the transformation I underwent at the beginning of this year. Now dedicated to making something of myself, I have finally matured and am now trying to lessen the consequences of my past actions. Armed with my new attitude, my eagerness to attend school, and my understanding of the extreme importance of earning good grades signal my ability to work responsibility. I assure you that I will never revert back to the student I once was.

In retrospect, I believe that it was my inability to choose my classes that resulted in my lack of enthusiasm. I enjoy the freedom to pursue my own interests and anxiously await the ability to choose my “own” class schedule in college.

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