From Average to Exeptional

How have you transformed yourself academically? What inspired you to make this change?

And there I was: sitting in front of a school computer on a cheap plastic chair, my hands resting on a desk stained to look like wood. It was early in the morning and in the middle of my second semester of my freshman year of high school. Little did I know that my academic habits, and subsequently my overall life, would change in the fraction of a second. All I did was look at my neighbor’s computer screen – and what I saw was nothing but his outstanding grades. Yes, you heard me correctly: his grades we’re so good that I started to compare my academic habits to his.

I was an average student, statistically speaking. All my grades were C’s, and I rarely had a B. Compared my neighbor’s grades, I thought, mine were those of a delinquent. He had nearly a 98 percent in all of his classes. And then I started to think, if he could be that successful in his grades, why couldn't I? I was not a dumb kid, I just didn't care. I was so obsessed with my dream of becoming a musician to a point where I thought education wouldn’t matter. This was my wake up call.

After this moment, I made a commitment to get A’s in every class I ever take. It is safe to say I fulfilled that commitment. I started taking honors and AP classes and by the...

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