A Functioning Member of Many Societies Essay

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My transition from high school to college was not flawless; the first two semesters of my college experience were academically frustrating. In high school, I was able to attain a high level of success with minimal foresight and planning. I quickly found that this was not the case in college, and that I would have to reevaluate my study habits and organizational techniques in order to improve my grades. While my first semester grades were not terrible, I knew it was not my personal best. I approached the next semester with the drive to succeed; but still did not fully understand what it was going to take to achieve success. Despite increased efforts, I completed the second semester with a GPA lower than my first. Although my course load was …show more content…
My experiences have led me to understand the importance of dedication, determination, perseverance, and attitude. With these attributes, and the skills I have honed through my academic challenges, I am confident that I can handle any situation that comes my way. I have proven that I am fully capable of balancing a heavy academic load, an active social and service schedule, and numerous extracurricular activities. My experiences within the TCU organizations that I am involved with have taught me the value of effective leadership and the harm that ineffective leadership can bring. As both a formally appointed leader of a group, as well as a prominent group member, I have experience voicing my opinions and concerns, even when I am in the minority. As a result, I am aware of how my leadership style affects the rest of an organization. Part of my awareness is attributable to my involvement with the diverse Fort Worth community and also having attended school in East Plano, which is both ethnically and socioeconomically diverse. As a tribal member of the Choctaw Indian Nation, I am also a part of this diversity. While not raised in a Native American culture, I have been at times, subject to harassment or treatment different from my peers. As a result, I am aware of how difficult it can be to be treated differently, and make it a point to treat others as I want to be treated - with respect and compassion, regardless of differences. My exposure to

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