27 October 2013
Challenges Faced in Academic Career
I have had many challenges in my academic career, some of them being lack of desire, money, and fear of failure.
After I finished high school, I had no desire to attend college or any type of school orientated training. I was tired of note taking, homework and having to sit thru lectures from my teachers. Although I did well in school, the lack of desire to learn had faded and was replaced with confusion. I did not know what I wanted to do. As a senior, I saw a former student walk into my English class, wearing his United States Marine Corps Dress Blues. I didn’t really know him and he didn’t know me, but he left a pretty big impression on me. I knew then that I wanted to join the United States Marine Corps. The funny thing is, little did I know that during boot camp, I still had to sit thru lectures and most of all listen to the yelling Drill Instructors.
I was worried that after high school I would not be able to attend college because of the lack of money. All through high school, I had never really given it a thought about where or if I would attend college. So when my parents or school counselors would ask, and give me enrollment packets, I would feel this type of peer pressure to attend. My cousin got accepted to attend Texas A&M College Station, and I felt that I needed to prove to my family that I could accomplish something on my own. So when hearing that military service can pay for my college, I knew that was something I wanted to do. I can say for a fact that without my military service, I would not be attending college now.
I have a deep fear of failing school, not only for me, but for my family. That is one of the reasons I never tried to attend. I have always dreaded, that if I started college, I would not be able to finish. I have known family members and friends that have put a lot of time and effort and just seem to drop out...