Growing up as a kid from Macomb Michigan in the Chippewa Valley school district, I have always been one of a large class of students. I began my education at Little Preschoolers in Clinton Township and began grade school at age 5 at Fox Elementary School in Macomb. Fox was a fairly smaller school compared to the rest of the buildings I was put in throughout my life, but I still was one of about 30 students in my classes each year. As an elementary student I never really thought too much about my education because to me it all came in common sense, besides math. Math was always a struggle for me in grade school and it began in elementary. I found reading interesting, mostly because I was put into supplementary reading courses and spent my free time drawing pictures and coloring. Art was definitely my strong suite and I found that sports weren’t really my thing even though I enjoyed staying active through parks and recreation courses. I also found myself enjoying other extracurricular activities such as service squad and student council. This interest in extracurricular activities followed me in my K-12 years and still sticks with me today.
When I “graduated” elementary school, I then moved onto junior high where I attended Iroquois Middle School, also located in Macomb, MI. Middle school was interesting because it was made up of three different elementary schools, two in which would further their education at Dakota High School, and the other at Chippewa Valley High School. Fox Elementary School was the one that went to Chippewa Valley eventually, meaning that all of the new friends we would meet in the 3 years of middle school would no longer be the people we would go to school with and see everyday in high school. This was extremely difficult for me to handle as I ended up making loads of new friends from these other two elementary schools throughout my middle school years. I was involved in choir with them, we sat at lunch tables together, and became one big family, especially towards the end of eighth grade. This was the first time I had a group of friends that was actually boys and girls which was a huge deal for everyone at the time. We had pool parties all the time, we had movie nights, we had sleepovers (just the girls of course), and we loitered at Partridge Creek Mall almost every weekend, which was the “cool” thing to do as middle schoolers. Leaving them was a very difficult transition for me, and led to some difficulties in high school.
Transitioning to further my education at Chippewa Valley High School, it took me some time to realize that even though I now attended a school where everyone else had their group of friends like the group I had in middle school, making new friends might be a little intimidating. However, this transition also made me realize that I am in school to learn, not to be in a group of friends. I seemed to have forgotten this concept a couple of times throughout my grade school experience, however I have finally come around to my senses once more now a days. I ended up finishing high school as the “Prom Queen.” Literally and metaphorically. What I mean by this is that I was the girl that cared so much about everything else that comes with high school, aside from my education. I was involved in seven extracurricular activities and volunteered almost every single week weather it was for others, or for a club that I was in. Leadership conferences, camps and classes consumed most of my time aside from becoming involved with organizations like Students Against Destructive Decisions, Key Club, Student Government, Relay For Life, Special Olympics, Muscular Dystrophy Association, Universal Dance Association, and the United States All Star Federation. As you can see, my priorities were all over the place and my academics were not very well focused on.
Towards the end of high school, some pretty difficult struggles hit me all at once and I went through a lot emotionally each and every day. My grades were not a priority to me at all and my focus was not at all directed towards my education of my academic future. This changed for me when I was accepted into the Leadership Advancement Scholarship at Central Michigan University. This opportunity changed my mindset about my future and gave me hope to succeed academically and truly strive towards getting into Central. This is when I finally realized just how much I needed to prioritize my education above all of my other commitments. I worked very hard at this point in my life and it really ended up paying off with an acceptance letter to the university. Since graduating high school I have changed in so many ways and Central Michigan University is a huge part of these positive changes.
Beginning in August of 2016, my journey at CMU began. When I first started school at Central, I was pretty nervous to become so independent and be able to express myself as my own person without anyone to do it for me. It quickly took me a transition to face all of these fears and begin my time here by working hard in school, staying out of trouble, and attempting to be my best everyday. It took me a few rough patches throughout my first semester to really grasp the importance of my time and my purpose here as a student, and as a future public relations professional. Being at CMU has really opened my eyes to embrace my passions and run with them. Being here has pushed me to strive towards my life goal of working for a magazine or a book company someday as an internal communications manager or public relations specialist and has really opened up my eyes to new opportunities to get me there. I have taken my academics much more seriously since beginning my college career and I plan to continue my success throughout the next few years and really try my best to accomplish all of my goals.