So far, my Sophomore year has gone very well. I have learned more than I ever would’ve expected to, not only in terms of quantity but also in quality of content. I found my classes engaging and interesting as well. I have learned a lot more this year than I ever have in the public school system and though I miss many of my friends at DHS I am glad I switched to Animas.
Some of my many accomplishments this year are being projection designer and lights head in theater, learning about and undergoing the hero’s journey, and choosing to have a positive attitude in my life. These things have all been so beneficial to me because I have grown and developed new friendships and also discovered what I want to do with my life. I was able to accomplish these things because I was provided with a place where I could learn my own way with extra guidance and assistance when I needed it. There were also many people who helped me in understanding and interpreting what I want in my life and I chose to accept their help. Finally I realized that it was my decision whether or not I am positive in my own life. I used this newfound knowledge to live my life in a more positive way.
Despite all the things I’ve accomplished this semester I’ve also struggled with many challenges. Two of the most serious challenges I’ve faced this year were difficulty speaking eloquently, and inability to focus. Some ways that these things have harmed me are redundancy and awkwardness in conversation and public speech, and inability to focus and listen to information regarding subjects that I’m not passionate about. Some steps I’ve taken to overcome these challenges are trying to catch myself when my mind starts to wander, and paying attention to the way I speak and the words I use so I can stay on track when I’m speaking to people. I have already begun to use these techniques to improve myself. For example in Humanities, at the beginning of the semester I was unable to talk in front of the class without using at least ten filler words, but by the end of the semester I rarely used more than one. Also in math class, when I become distracted and stop paying attention, I try to catch myself as early as possible and ask for clarification if I miss something.
I’d like to ask how I can work towards my life goals while I’m still in High school. I ask this because I don’t know how I can work towards goals that require more time and freedom than I can afford as a high schooler.
I am so glad that I switched to Animas this year because I have learned and accomplished much more than I previously expected I could. Not only that but I have also been able to learn from my failures and become stronger in some areas of my life that I’ve never been that strong in. This semester has made a huge impact on my life and I wouldn’t trade it for anything. Thank you.