In Pajaro Middle school things were completely different. I was allow to only were three colors; black, white and grey. Every time the bell rings I had to ran to my next class since if I came late there was a penalty. For every three tardies we had to go Saturday school. At first I thought that other of my classmates would have come to DTI but when it was the first day of school I realize that I was the only one that came from Pajaro. For the first school week I was depressed and wanted to move but decide to not. Later on I made new friends and life as a student at DTI became easier. In 8th grade I was really good in math and history. I loved learning more and more about history since it involves reading. In 9th grade I started to hate both of those two subject. I hated it so much because I thought I wasn’t good at it anymore. That’s when I got my first B in math. In 9th grade I was the strongest in applying technological skills for the 21st century because I learned how to use a computer by myself and since then I had a passion of learning more about it. Also I was good in thinking critically and creatively because in my middle two of my favorite teachers taught me how to think in a different way in order to solve a particular problem.At first I thought I wanted to become an astronomer but as I developed my personal skills and knowledge I changed my mind.
As I enter 9th grade I was told that we would make a 10 year plan in order for me to decide how my future would be. The first career I was interested was astronomy because I wanted to study the stars but later on I research more about it and saw that where I wanted to live was more expensive than what I would have earned. My second career choice was to become a petroleum engineer and as I search about it I started to like it but there was still something in me that didn’t really agreed with it. My third choice was computer engineering but I decided not to because it seemed to hard to and challenging to follow that pathway. What I learned about doing my 10 year plan was that laying out my future is really hard but it’s helpful. At first I thought that I wouldn’t change my mind of what I wanted to be but thought the process of researching I realize that I wasn’t interesting in following that pathway. I learned that every day I have to plan out my future and measure how far I am from what My ideal future is. What part of my 10 year plan would change would be my career choice and my skills because I’m still not sure about becoming a petroleum engineer but I want to follow a STEM related career. I’m still working on enhancing my skills even more as I go through my schools years. I want to become better in communication because whichever career I want to follow I need to be comfortable enough to communicate with people. I succeed in developing a bit more my communication skills and having less fierce in public speaking. As I worked in my 10 year plan I notice that I don’t really have enough skills needed to follow my career pathway. Even though I have knowledge I don’t have enough soft skills that I need to. Throughout my 8th and 9th grade I greatly change my communication skills.
At Pajaro Middle school I didn’t really was force to communicate with others because I already had friends from my elementary school and since it was a big school I was okay with not talking to anyone. But when I decided to move to DTI I knew that I had to change my attitude in communication with new people. I became a better communicator in 9th grade because if I wanted friends I had to talk to new people sooner than later. At first I hesitated to talk to them because I decided that I would move school and be with my friends but my mom wouldn’t allow me. She said “Give it a try after all if you don’t communicated with them how do you want to make friends?” I took her words to heart and decided to go for it. Been a self-directed learner didn’t become as hard as it was when I came to DTI. I thought that I would be better of with online classes and I’ll passed it with A’s. But then I realize that I was the only one in Geometry and I was left on my own to do my work. Even though my teacher would offer me there help I was arrogant and didn’t accepted there help because I thought I could do it myself. When I receive my semester grade it hit me really hard when I saw that B in math. That’s when I realize that I needed help and that even though I love learning by myself there’s some stuff that I can’t learned without help.I worked real hard to cultivate my DIY and handcraft skills. I got so interested in learning new languages because I loved watching foreign novels but It sounded better when I watched it in their original languages. Doing DIYs and handcraft stuff allowed me to communicate with my sister more and having a better relationship with her. Every time that I made something new I showed it to my family and they would be so proud of it and praised me. I also felt real proud of it because deep inside I knew that I could do something that my sister couldn’t. I felt that when ever I do a DIY or handcraft thing I wasn’t compare to my sister anymore, it was as if I finally found something that I could do and she couldn’t. I was introduce to foreign novels by my other older sister. We used to watch it together even though the translation sometimes wasn’t the same as what they were saying. That’s when I decide that I should learned that language. So afterwards I download and app and practice it every day. My technological knowledge has increase more when I move to DTI.
At DTI I was presented more technological classes then I had at my middle school. In 9th grade I become better at typing without looking down at my keyboard and doing it faster. I also understood the process of how edgenuity worked and how I can achieve the grade that I want. I’m good at locating any type of information I want to find. Once I want to learned so badly about whether or not there was a right way to eat and apple. So I did deep research and found out that there was indeed a right way. You have to eat it from top to bottom so you would go through the core and getting rid of only the seed and stem. I need to improve in evaluating the information I receive. Sometimes I catch myself rewriting what I get without thinking through what they were saying. Even though my technological skills have develop, my classwork and community have also developed.
Hopefully I help the school to become a better. I started to help my classmate in there math courses as much as I could. Since I already somewhat learned that material, I understood it and explained it to them so they would be able to understand it even more. Once we had to do a group project in my English class, I had to worked with my partners in order to defense our point of view. At first I thought that it would be easy to finish it but then it started to become harder and harder because I had to defense my point of view in front of my class. I didn’t want to do it but one of my partner gave me the confident I needed to do it. In 9th grade I was respectful towards my teachers. Even Though in some cases I turned in my work late and it wasn’t even good. Usually I just did my work at the last minute. At DTI I became to accept my own individuality because I met people that had the same interests as me. In my middle school not many people liked Japanese culture. But in my class the majority liked it so I accept that I indeed like it and that was when I told my friends and family that I loved to learned about different culture because of there animation/anime/cartoons.
One time in this year that critical thinking and being able to apply knowledge was when I joined Ethic Bowls. At first I thought it would be easy and that I would have fun doing it. But when I joined and Sarah the instructure introduce us to the cases I realized that It wouldn’t be as easy as I thought. This year I decided to reach out for help to my teachers. I finally overcame my fear in talking with new people. When I decided to date someone I should have thought about the consequences that it would bring to my grades. Even though I was still on track I had to make time for my relationship and manage my time well. When I decided to take a different course of math then my peers. Even Though at first it was difficult at the end of time I turned out to be a good decision. I took an art class and I had to make sure that every piece I did was individual but it also had a theme. I’m excited to get harder classes and passed them. As well to get a new start to get an A in Math.I grew dramatically throughout my 8th grade and 9th grade.