Drive and self motivation are hard things to learn. I am not naturally great at school, in order to do well, I have to try really hard. I have to study a lot to do well on tests, it takes me a while to finish my homework.. but I have learned that I can do it if I try.
I have had my share of both success and failure. Up until these last two years in college I chronically turned my work in late, and waited until the last minute to do it. No excuse as to why I did, I just didn’t have the motivation. I think maybe a lot of my problem was that if I wasn’t very interested in what I was doing, I didn’t care to do it.
These last couple years in college have been a lot better for me. I have turned my assignments in on time and I have actually put a lot of effort into my work. My first year of college wasn’t quite the same way, though. I let the fun get the best of me. My first year of college may have been my favorite year yet, my classes were all general so the work was fairly easy. I would literally start an assignment an hour before it was do. I had a lot of fun and didn’t do a lot of work. I think my freshman and sophomore year of college I learned the most about the way I learn.
One thing in particular that was the biggest thing that I learned was who you surround yourself with really does effect you. My first year I was friends with people that weren’t there for school, they were there to have a good time. We stayed up late and slept in late and skipped class more than we should have. The next year most of those friends ended up dropping out of school, so I hung out with a better crowd and it was amazing the difference it made. I was way more responsible, got much better grades, and I still made time to have fun.
Another big learning experience for me was getting a job while also being a full time student. I don’t have all day to do my homework now, I work 8 am to 5 pm Monday through Friday, I have to stay up late in order to do well. It has made me a lot more responsible.
In high school I did a lot of sports, and in order to compete and travel with the team we had to have all of our assignments turned in and we had to be eligible. That definitely kept me motivated to stay on top of my work because I wasn’t going to miss any of my track meets.
I remember the first time I was really proud of my schoolwork. I was in 5th grade and I don’t remember the exact assignment, but I made a big poster about Mesa Verde. I stayed up all night finishing it and making it perfect and I was very excited to receive a high grade on that assignment.
All together, I have grown a lot as a learner. I have learned to procrastinate less, I’ve gotten better at turning my assignments in on time, I surround myself with people that influence me positively, and I’ve gained a lot of responsibility. I am excited to be able to share my successes and failures with my future students, and guide them the way all of my past teachers have guided me.