Moving to the United States shaped the person I am today. When I first moved in middle school I was desperately trying to fit in but failed horribly at it. I was trying to blend in with my schoolmates and hide the fact that I come from a different background. I was afraid people wouldn’t accept me the way I am and the culture I grew up with. However, when I started high school I realized that my peers aren’t as different from me despite the fact that we grew up with different traditions or believes. I began to embrace my culture and my peers accepted me the way I am. Moreover, moving to the United States shaped me into being independent and overall caring more about my school work. I've learned that no matter where I am I can make the most out of it. I have definitely matured and thought more about what I really want in life, as well as realized that my decisions impact my future.
As a learner, I think I am the strongest in organizing my time and focusing on my work. No matter how loud and distracting the classroom is, I can stay focused on the assigned work and finish it by the end of the period. In contrast, I've always lacked motivation when it came to opening a book and reading the necessary material over and over again. Although I’ve improved in my time management, I've always had a weakness in finding time to study. I believe I am a self-directed learner and a critical and creative thinker. I can independently finish a project, I am able to stay on task, and I truly care about my performance. I am able to think outside the box and consider multiple possible solutions to a problem.
When I began the second semester of 9th grade, I was asked to start planning out my future. Our Career Skills teacher, Mr. Richards, assigned us an online course, my10yearplan.com, which helps us map out our life plan for the next 10 years and understand the responsibilities we’ll have when we grow up. Making a 10-year plan in 9th grade outlined several potential careers. The first potential career to consider is an artist. Ever since I can remember I have dreamed of sitting behind a table and creating unique pieces of art. Being an artist has always been a career I have considered. The second recommended career was interior decorating. At first, I was surprised that this career was recommended to me since I’ve never imagined myself working in this field, but after doing some research about the workplace and tasks of this job I realized that this would be something I’d like to do as my career. I would like a job that adds to the beauty in the world and that feels secure and rewarding.
In middle school, I was extremely shy and barely talked to anyone. I had poor communication and social skills and was awful at presenting my ideas. This has changed ever since I attended the Diamond Technology Institute. With every person I talk to, I become a better communicator. In addition, my teachers encourage me to speak up and present my ideas and projects with confidence. They've helped me improve my writing skills, expand my vocabulary, and improve my word choice when publicly speaking. I had to learn to be more self-directed in my Edgenuity classes. Edgenuity is a free online educational course which includes a variety of subjects to learn by listening to an instructor who explains the topic using a powerpoint. Keeping up with the latest assignments is crucial to obtaining a good grade. I learned that when I started procrastinating on my homework. I would always wait till the last day to finish all of my assignments until the work piled up and I was unable to finish it all. My straight “As” started dropping down to “Bs” and “Cs”. This is when I realized that prioritizing my work and being self-motivated was extremely important to keep a good GPA.
I have also significantly improved my technology skills. I learned how to upload to my google drive, create folders, take screenshots, and how to create a successful slideshow. I think I do really well in organizing my files and information. I would describe myself as organized so anything such as came naturally to me. I have also improved in coding and creating 3D models using OpenScad, TinkerCad, and SolidWorks. I have created many unsuccessful models from which I have learned and improved. I learned that gravity affects my designs more than I first thought and the measurements aren’t as accurate when the model is being printed. Sometimes the filament of the 3D printer makes mistakes and drips in inaccurate places. From this, I have learned to apply the principles of gravity into my design and make the measurements slightly bigger so all of the parts of my design can fit. Overall, I believe that I do well in locating, organizing, and processing when it comes to using technology. I’ve always been very well organized and could pick up on new skills very fast.
As a student at DTI, I have always played my part in cleaning after myself, putting away the school's technology, and taking care of the supplies. Our school community strives to keep our environment clean and organized. Each of us plays a part in our community. We are all required to work collaboratively on making our environment as functional for teaching and learning as possible. I personally demonstrate a positive work ethic by staying quiet whenever the teacher is speaking and using a passive voice during group projects or whenever I’m required to work with a partner. When it comes to working on school assignments I keep a positive and optimistic attitude. I always put my best effort into finishing an assignment in its best completion. I try my best to turn in all of my work on time and obtain the best grade I possibly can. Moreover, I try to be helpful to my classmates who are struggling with their work. In particular, I have helped my peers with math assignments, art projects, and 3D printing. I regularly stay up to date on the latest assignments and use a part of my extra time to be a supportive student.
A poor decision I found myself repeating throughout the first and second semester of the ninth grade was procrastinating on many of my assignments. This affected my grades, my sleeping schedules, and even my health. Nevertheless, I was able to finish most of my schoolwork on time. A time when I took a calculated risk was recently in Mr. Richard’s art class. It’s hard to use watercolors over a pencil drawing. I had poor quality materials. The watercolors would smear on the paper and the brush was damaged. Due to this, it made me feel like I should give up on the project and re-start. Instead, I took a risk and I kept going. I took my time and I started being precise. Soon I realized that my painting looks better than I expected it to be. The watercolors made certain things pop-out more. I was very happy with how my painting turned out. It made me realize that I could try new things and have more confidence in myself. Diamond Technology Institute has helped me become a well organized student with a good work ethic. I’ve learned to prioritize school from my everyday activities and I overall got better at managing my time. My teachers have encouraged me to keep getting better in my use of vocabulary, writing skills, and performance. I’ve matured and a person and became more independent. I look forward to spending another three years at DTI and continue to see myself improve and grow.