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Summer School: Health

I just had to get my health credit, but how? My dad had suggested I take it over the summer, so that I could make room in high school for other really important classes, so I took the offer. I mean, how bad can it be? It’s a SUMMER class! It’s not like it’s an AP class. It shouldn’t be too bad. In fact, it should be easy.

On the first day, we had all went to the cafeteria, and were designated to our classes. After attendance, our teacher wanted to go over some rules for the class. However, it didn’t go well, because my friends, Rohin, Rithvik and Aakash were talking to me while the teacher was talking. We started to be a huge distraction, just by talking to each other back and forth. Our teacher didn’t stop, but he just glared at us with an evil look. That was the worst way that my first day could’ve gone, and there was nothing worse that could’ve happened in summer school: A bad impression on the first day.

From there, it only went downhill. About 10 days of summer school had gone by, and I was starting to slack off on my grades, and I was not taking summer school seriously, thinking that this was gonna be a piece of cake. When our group was assigned a project, we did terrible, as we didn’t even put any relevant information from the study guide on our powerpoint, but thankfully, our teacher was feeling generous and gave us some points back, and we ended up getting an 80, despite our poor performance. However, for me individually, it didn’t go the way I planned. We were also assigned a coloring project, but I had left my binder at school the day before it was due, and the next day, when our teacher was checking ours, I told him how I did not get the coloring packet, but when he looked inside of the binder, he found the whole coloring packet, and in front of the whole class, he barked at me about how it was in my binder the whole time. So I lost 15 points for that, and my final grade for the project was a 75.  That was probably the worst day of summer school, and very embarrassing.

Finally, reality hit. I had set a goal to get an A in the class, but the way things had been going so far, that task seemed almost impossible. I had an 84% in the class. At this point, I knew I had to change my approach by studying hard for each and every remaining test. So, the next few weeks, I worked even harder. I studied every day, and it paid off. 3 tests later, after getting A’s on all of them, my grade now, was an 89%.  

Then, it only got better. My teacher had made us do corrections for all our tests, for partial points. However, we had to show him our completed study guides for every unit. The problem was that I left 2 of my study guides at home. At first, he said I couldn’t do corrections for any tests. Then, after looking at me, he came over and said that I could do test corrections for every test, except the ones that I had left at home. Finally, after much consideration, he said as long as I show him my remaining study guides that I left at home the next  day, he would let me do corrections for those tests as well.

After I had done test corrections, my grade was a 91%. Then, came the scariest part of summer school: THE FINAL EXAM. I thought it would be easier if I studied with someone rather than doing it on my own.  So, I decided to study with Shawn, a fellow classmate. That day, for us, it was all studying, and no playing. We practically studied for the whole day with no breaks, knowing that we were both at the borderline of an A, and it was Do or Die for both of us. The next day, we came into class, all prepared to take the final exam. I was nervous, and so were the other kids who were also on the borderline for an A. When I looked at the final exam, I thought, “Hey, this is really easy!” Once I felt confident, I submitted my test. Then, once everyone was finished, he told us that grades were posted. Even though I had a good feeling, I still was scared to look. I pulled my phone out and once I checked it, I was super happy. I finally was able to achieve my goal, to get an A in the class. My final grade was a 92% for health.  

In conclusion, I learned that you can achieve anything if you work for it. If you change how you think about something, and the way you do it, you can achieve anything. Summer school was a great example for me. I may have not started out very well, but as it progressed, I started to change my mindset and the way I approached a high school class, just like this, and it paid off. I was able to get from an 84% to a 92% and achieve my goal to get an A in the class.

 

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