Narrative Essay About Running Start

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A meaningful experience that has really helped shaped me in preparation for college is joining the Running Start program. It helped shaped me into a better student. By attending school through Running Start, I believe I have more of an opportunity of expressing myself by having more freedom. Since high school has been pretty tough for me, I’m glad I decided to get a head start on my Associates Degree instead of staying in high school and being miserable. I never expected myself to do something like Running Start; I’d never heard of the program until I was a tenth-grader. It brought me out of my comfort zone and pushed me into doing something I wouldn’t have thought of or imagined doing. Running Start made me more confident in who I am (without …show more content…
I wasn’t sure what TRIO was until the beginning of this year when a friend introduced me. Before TRIO, people would ridicule me of having parents who weren’t able to go to college even though my parents sacrificed that chance in order for me to have a better life. Since I’m a first-generation college student, I felt more comfortable when a found a place like Running Start where I don’t have to be ashamed or judged. However, I am still in high school so I couldn’t fill out an application until I received my high school diploma. I still attend the meetings and try my best to help out other people who are first-generation students by sharing my story. At Key Club, I try my best to attend the meetings whenever I’m not too busy with homework or violin and try to go at least once a month or more. Similarly, in addition to Key Club, I like to volunteer outside of school too because then I get the chance to meet more people but also get away from the people at school whom I see daily. I have never expected to see myself doing the things I’m doing …show more content…
During my freshman year, I was incredibly shy and quiet; I was too shy to even talk or ask my teacher a question. I assumed I was doing well in school. But I didn’t know how to access my grades and I was too shy to ask any staff to help me access my grades. I wasn’t doing as well as I thought. I didn’t see my grades until the year was over. I am so ashamed of who I was during freshman year. However, I think it shaped me into the person I am today. To be honest, I have blocked out the memories of my freshman year. During my sophomore year, I transferred schools. Again, I was still extremely shy to talk to anyone; the only thing that got me through the day was playing the violin in orchestra class because it helped distract me from everything else like starting over and having new friends at school. Around this time, my cousin had recently joined the Running Start program. She inspired me to do the same because I wanted to finish high school and have the classes I actually enjoyed taking as soon as possible! This was definitely an eye-opening phenomenon for me. I noticed how it seemed easier and how fast the classes went. I tried my best to raise my grades up in hopes of being able to join the program. Eventually, I tried my hardest and barely made the GPA requirement to join the Running Start

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