This class was tough.
I never thought I would be interested in a chemistry course. I never thought I would be interested in a million years because of what I have heard about it being so difficult. However, I chose science because I continuously want to better myself and gain more knowledge. My friends sometimes ask me why i decide to stay in this course. I tell them it is because it has helped me in my other courses as well. My average score in this A.P. (advanced placement) course is a C+. It may not be the highest achievable grade, but my teacher has said it himself that A.P. Chemistry is one of the hardest college level courses a high school student can take. Now that i am taking Chemistry, I am beginning to understand calculus equations more in my calculus class. My chemistry teacher always tells us to not only read our chemistry books but to work out the problems given to where you understand them thoroughly and now that I read a lot in my chemistry class, it is easier for me to read in my literature class. It all coincides with one another. I highly recommend this course because it is beneficial in many ways for any student.
I started out in my chemistry class very unsure of where I wanted to go in my life. I had always been indecisive and afraid of making huge decisions like that. This course helped me realize my full potential. I have come to understand just how far I am willing to go in order to achieve my goals. I have had role models in my life such as my grandmother's, my mother and father. They have taught me that I am capable of reaching my goals with hard work and dedication. This course simply helped bring that fact to light. I told myself that I was not going to let myself down by not being focused and working hard in this course. A few students dropped the class because they were unsure and knew that it was not going to be easy. I was almost one of those student that dropped Mr. Vanderpuji's class, but I made the decision to stay. Now I currently rank sixth in his class and seventh in my senior class. He noticed how dedicated I was and motivated, so he wrote me a letter of recommendation to go to the performing arts school of my dreams. Indeed, being a chemist was never my career of choice. However, I did it because I love learning new things and expanding my horizons because there is so much in the world to learn. I am just getting started.
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Once a person is so engaged in there work, it can be hard to deter them. This is what I kept in mind. I told myself to always remember why I signed up for the course. I signed up for A.P. (Advanced Placement) Chemistry because I wanted to have more knowledge and learn more about the world around me. I became fascinated with the things my teacher taught me. Therefore, I was engaged. I would say to any student that is considering taking this course to know why they are considering it. They should know that it is; indeed, a difficult course but it is worth every minute. Chemistry makes the human mind come to terms with the little things we as humans do not pay attention to that are surrounding us everyday. For instance, the water we drink and even the food that we eat. It is all very engaging. So, the student should take the course because they want to learn more about the small simple things in life that we, as humans, take advantage of. Chemistry, in many ways, is just like any other course, but it is even more rewarding in the end. The student will have to be willing to work hard and study nearly every night to really understand the material, but it is fascinating once it is understood.