What you were in high school does not define you for the rest of your life!

My time in high school

Attended high school in the

Overall high school experience
8/10. I felt that high school prepared me for my future, but was glad that my parents did not put as much stress as other parents with unrealistic expectations. While I attended high school two people in my grade committed sucided by jumping in front of the train. This will always remind me not to push my child as far as I saw other parents push their children.

Grades in high school
C's and below. After my parents devorced my grades decline and I didn't care about my education. It was not until I made the decision for myself to excell in college.


Favorite subjects
Ethnic Studies

Struggled with...
English because I hated to read and write papers.

Favorite extracurricular
Arts / Crafts

Life since high school

Attended college / university at
Mission college: AA social and behavioral science. San Jose State University: BS Justice Studies.

[My greatest accomplishment is] choosing for myself to do well in college not because someone else wanted me too, but because it was my personal goal.

Post-graduate education or training
I am currently pursuing my Masters of Social Work degree at Our Lady of Lake Universty which I should be obtaining next year.

Places lived in US

Current occupations / past occupations
I have worked as a counselor for my current and last position and hope to change to a Social Worker in the near future.

Industries I've worked in
- Health Care and Social Assistance
- Nonprofit

Did your education prepare you for your career or occupation?
Yes I think so. 

A little introspection...

To me, being successful means...
Feeling fulfilled in life and doing something you enjoy, life is too short to be unhappy.

My definition of success has changed over time. 
Yes, in high school I didn't try at all I barely graduated high school with a 2.0 GPA. It wasn't until I decided that I wanted to take school seriously that I excelled. I went to community college which I thought was easier then [high school] then pursued my bachelors degree and I am currently in graduate school and I should be graduating with honors next year.

My greatest accomplishment to date and what I’ve learned from it
I cannot pinpoint something exactly but I guess my biggest accomplishment has been to pursue a career where I get to help people which keeps me fulfilled and feel that I can contributed something to those who most need it. In addition, choosing for myself to do well in college not because someone else wanted me too, but because it was my personal goal. 

My biggest mistake or regret so far and what I’ve learned from it
initially allowing myself to be consumed in my first relationship through high school and early 20's until I realized that I was missing out on life. Once I made that realization I was able to live a happier life.

An unexpected event that significantly changed my life and how it impacted me
In high school my parents devorced which let me to decline in school and fall into a deep depression, but eventually I accepted it and moved forward.

Anything else you'd like to share?
Do not let other direct your life your are the one steering your future.

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