I’ve never been good at much, but I am a professional at changing my mind. When I was five, my parents asked me what I wanted to be. I answered, “a ballerina.” When I was ten, they asked again. I answered, “a singer.” By the time I was fifteen, I had dreamed of being anything from a beekeeper to a brain surgeon. But that only made me realize that I could change my mind again and again, yet nothing is permanent. My indecisive behavior was a one of the reasons why I took a semester off of school. I wanted to take time to figure out what I wanted to do with life and how far my goals could really take me. To really understand why I took this off, I should explain my initial college experience.
The only way to describe my first year of college would be to say that it has been unique. While every other high school senior at Cranston East prepared for the easiest school year of his or her lives since kindergarten, I prepared for the most difficult year of mine. The spring of my junior year in high school, I was admitted into the Running Start program at the Community College of Rhode Island. This program allowed my to earn the remainder of my high school credits and college credits simultaneously. Being part of this program, I was technically considered a high school senior as well as a college freshman.
It’s every parent’s dreams to send their child to a prestigious school. My parents, on the other hand, dreamt of practicality. I had to find a school that was nearby, affordable, and flexible to my work schedule. That is how I ended up spending my first year of college at the Community College of Rhode Island instead of other colleges that offered dual enrollment. But as indecisive as I am, I am certain that I do not want to spend my college experience here.
My first semester of the program, I did exceptionally well. I maintained a 3.25 GPA in addition to working full time. However, things became a little more difficult the beginning of my second semester. My...