Chapter One: Who were you?
When I got accepted into FSA, I cried. I was glad, I really was, but I was also nervous. I remember this day like it was yesterday: I left the computer lab from my program, Vision Academy, and when I walked out the door I was greeted by my parents with a letter. They looked ecstatic. I knew what it contained just by the look on their faces. Once I read that I was accepted, I’m not even sure what feeling it stirred in me, but I just burst out into tears. Now that I am graduating from FSA, I don’t want to leave the school.
In my old school, my teachers weren’t as supportive as the ones that I have here in FSA. In FSA, we actually act like a big family, which is something I really love. The worst year for me was definitely third grade, and the best year for me was fourth grade. I really loved my fourth grade teacher, Ms. Maria, and she had such a huge effect on me. I’m really thankful for what she taught me, and I’m really grateful and happy that she believed in me. In Third grade, my teacher really disliked me. Even though she disliked me, I wasn’t discouraged, so if that was her goal then she failed.
Another day I remember is the first time I ever walked into St. Ignatius. It was so humongous, and I was so excited. It was so so big, and I am so so small compared to it. I was amazed. I felt like an emperor walking into his palace. Even though I’ve been in FSA since 6th grade, everytime I walk in I still get so amazed from just the size of the building. I still think I’m going to get lost inside even when I’m in high school.
Chapter Two: How have you grown as a scholar?
The class I did the worst in was math. I did an unsatisfactory job because I didn’t understand a lot of the things we would talk about in class. I just couldn’t grasp onto them, and it would irritate and frustrate me. I remember in the beginning of sixth grade, one of our first assignments was completing an ixl skill. Our math teacher told us that if we didn’t finish the ixl on time we wouldn’t go on the field trip that was planned for the day after. I wanted to go, so I got to work. Once I got a few right and I got more points, I would get one question wrong and my points would go down. I spent an abundant amount of time on it, and I really tried to not grow irritated. This was the first time I ever cried tears of anger over a school assignment. I was mad I couldn’t understand and mad I couldn’t finish it, and I was frustrated as well. But even though I ended up crying until I finished, I didn’t give up on it.
The class I did best in was ELA. I would get a really good grade on, and I really liked the class too. One of my favorites was when we would write a story and we could choose to read it in front of the class. I also really that I was able to understand everything we would talk about in ELA, and it was more enjoyable for me. Now, I get good grades in every class, and I don’t struggle as much as I used to in the beginning.
Chapter Three: How have you grown as a person?
FSA made me understand the phrase “school is your second home”. It helped me make long lasting friendships, and it also helped me become comfortable with all of my classmates. Before, I would mostly stick with my friends that I’ve known ever since I was little, but now I’m more open with my friendships. FSA has helped me see my classmates as family, and my years at FSA have also definitely helped me mature. Before I came to FSA, I was a crybaby. Now, I am a much calmer person and I am more relaxed as well. I also love how with my classmates here I can have deep conversations about world wide problems, and be mature about them with each other.
Chapter Four: What are your talents/passions?
I am very passionate about drawing. I love drawing because even though I can be impatient, I find a sense of tranquility while drawing. I could spend hours and hours just sitting down and drawing. I draw when I’m angry, I draw when I’m on the verge of tears. I draw when I’m joyful. My drawings are what I am proud of because it is a huge part of who I am, and no matter how many compliments I get on them, my heart always swells with joy and pride. Here are two of my favorite drawings of two of my favorite characters from my favorite anime called Attack on Titan.
This is Jean Kirstein (finished on 4/7/2021) and over here is Historia Reiss (finished on 1/15/2021).
Another activity I am really passionate about is Volleyball. I love how light and carefree I feel whenever I play it. The feeling of thrill when someone serves or receives or spikes a ball is amazing. The thrill and uneasiness of not knowing where the ball will land is always going to be one of my favorite feelings. The thrill and pride you feel whenever your team screams to cheer on for you is amazing. It is a feeling I will always cherish and it is a feeling I will never forget or get over with because the amount of joy I get from it is immense.
Chapter Five: What does it all mean for your family?
I asked my mom what family meant to her and she said that what my success means to her is that it will be a great opportunity for me to have a great future. It means it’s another step for me to go to high school to make the path for university more accessible for me. What success means to me is that it will be the result of everything I worked hard for. Success also means happiness to me because I will finally reach something I’ve been aiming for since a long time ago. What successfully getting into SI meant to my family and I is an opportunity to be better
Chapter Six: Who do you want to be?
I want to be someone that the world will never forget. Even after I die, I want people to remember me. I want people to look up to me. I want to be the example of whom they aspire to be. I want my name to be a name they never forget, even if it’s for something small like how I’m obsessed with zombie apocalypses or because of the way I kick my feet under the table when something exciting is going on in the book I’m reading. I want to be a person who students learn about at school and I want to be someone students write their projects about. I want to be someone important in people's lives. St. Ignatius College Prep will help me with this because it will open new paths for me, and they will be new paths that will be perfect opportunities for me. I want the world to be a witness of my success.