My Reflective Essay Anthony N. Houston
Sept. 22, 2012
English 12 – 7TH Hour
hen I first arrived into the walls of Northwestern High School as a freshman, it was a new experience for me. Adapting to a new atmosphere was a big change in my life. From being use to Elementary, and Junior High Schools standards I had to critique my whole lifestyle. In doing this, I had to change the way I thought, my morals, values, timing, academics, and most of all my behavior. I can actually sit back and remember my first day of school like it was yesterday. Like trying to find my classes, finding a place to sit in the lunch room, wondering if I’m going to make any friends and the list goes on and on. This thing called “High School” was a new and major beginning in my life. After being adapted to the customs of this new school: like homework, essays, reports, and exams. My only stress relief was from extracurricular activities. I always look towards it being like my little balm in Gilead. By growing up in a house of athletes, I always was involved in some type of sport. Whether it be tennis, baseball, football, or even a game of amateur soccer, I was just so grateful to be away from school work. As I still wander the halls of Northwestern, I often reflect back on my life, and how far I’ve come to this point that I’m at today. I can say that my work ethic never caught up until my junior year. That’s when “life” really dawned on me. Over the past four years throughout High School I’ve learned that you shouldn’t ask what the future holds because, you define it. You can control your destiny by the decisions you make, the manner in how you conduct yourself, and how you treat others. But, I can see the growth that I’ve achieved over the years. Not just my growth in school but as an individual. I no longer have the same goals as I once did; my standards and expectations are higher. In such a huge school where almost everyone knows...
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