Senior Year: The Culmination of My Hard Work


After 3 years of hard work, everything’s finally coming to a close. As a Galileo student, everything I’ve done up until now was in anticipation of the future. I always aspired to be the first in my family to go to college, and this desire has pushed me to do better in school.

Since my freshman year of high school, I’ve always taken the hardest classes available to me. The reason being because I know prestigious colleges like to see students taking difficult classes. I don’t only want to graduate, I want to attend a well distinguished college. These classes have challenged me, mentally and physically.

For example, one of my hardest classes ever was AP English Language and Literature. This class was lead by Ms. Barrett (one of my favorite teachers who is now retired). She assigned hours and hours of homework which would intrude on my bedtime. Taking these difficult classes not only improved my chances of getting into a better college, but they also improved me. I’m not the fastest learner, so I had to put in a lot of effort and dedication to doing well in class.

I pushed myself to work so hard in these types of classes because I saw my parents working hard to provide for me, which in turn, made me want to work harder. I would say my dream to go to college is a result of their dream. They want me to be successful, and I want to see them happy. So, for 3 years of school I’ve worked on this dream of mine/theirs and it is finally coming together.

I recently turned in my applications for USC, UCs and CSUs. This process was actually one of the hardest things I’ve done in school up until now, which is surprising. What I found to be the most difficult was the personal essays. These essays required me to self reflect in order to give the most compelling reason for these colleges to let me in. I wrote, edited, and rewrote my essays multiple times. I had to call in favors from my cousins who are well versed to help me edit my work. In total, It took me 2 months to finish everything and get it turned in.

Now that i’m done with the application process it brings up the question, where does this leave me? Since all my grades are pretty much set and because colleges don’t regard senior year grades as much, it’s going to make it more difficult for me to have the same dedication as I’ve had before. At this point in my life, I just want to move onto college, and these last months of school are going to be very stretched out. I’m going to continue what I’ve been doing, but I’ll have to try and motivate myself more and more everyday to finish high school with a bang.

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