School is very important in our society today. More so then it has been in the past. Fifty years ago, you could not go to school and still be very successful. Today you could be successful without school but it would require a lot more work because you are competing with a majority of people who have an education. It takes some people longer than others to realize that school is important; some never realize this at all.
For me, I learned the hard way; it took me eighteen years to realize that school would be an important part of my life. It all started many years ago in second grade when I was diagnosed with dysgraphia. This made the work twice as hard as it already was. Because of the fact I was only seven years old, I got very discouraged. I thought it was only happening to me; I thought that was unfair. Little did I know, life is not always fair. So because of the frustration and my resulting low self-confidence, I decided not to do the work. I made myself believe that school was not important because I had trouble with it. I carried this opinion with me for many years to come, including all the way to high school where it really started to matter. Freshman year was probably one of the worst schooling years of my life. I don’t think that I got an A or a B the entire year. The problem with that was that I did not even care. My parents would always try to make me stay in and study. They would say things like I could only go out for two hours day. The problem was, I would not study. I did not know how. The time allowed out quickly became four hours, five hours and so on. At the time, it seemed to be the right thing to go out with my friends all day and night. Soon after that my parents put me in special services to help me study. Special Services wouldn’t do the work. They help you help yourself. The only problem with that is, I was not ready to help myself.
No matter what people said to me, it did not matter. In my head, I was doing everything right and there was plenty of time to make up the work. This went on for the next three years. Until one day I harshly grew up. I then realized that the time was here that it would matter how I did the last eighteen years of my life. The first test of this was my ACT. That was terrible. I scored too low to meet any of the requirements of the schools I hoped to attend. So I retook the ACT test and got lucky enough to meet some of the schools requirements. But that brings me to my next problem my G.PA. It was way too low to meet the standards required. So my senior year I tried very hard to raise my grades. I did, my senior year of high school I got a 3.0. Better then I have ever done before. But by this time it was far too late to bring up my G.P.A. So the kick in the head was when I started applying to colleges. I thought that at least some of the state schools would accept me and I was right. Two out of the seven schools accepted me. But then I asked myself, am I going to this school because I want to or because this was the only schools dumb enough to accept me. That is when I decided to come to sunny Harper to become a Hawk. Not because I wanted to, but because I had to. That made me sick to my stomach. Many of my friends have moved on and are enjoying the college experience. They are having fun and meeting new people, experiencing independence, pledging fraternities, going to football games. Now I have to work twice as hard to make up for all of the work and study habits that I did not learn in grammar or high school.
In the end, my twelve years of slacking off has left me at home with my parents and few friends that remain, because they took the same path as me. I feel that this the hardest way that I could of learned this. It would have been a lot easier if I would have just put in the effort when it mattered. But I can not change the past so I just have to deal with it and work harder to achieve my goals. But by learning the hard way, I also learned a very valuable lesson do not procrastinate, and just get the work done that needs to be. Because friends will not always be there and when they go off to school and you are stuck at home you will regret it.
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