Ahad Khan - Grade 7, Hadley E. Watts Middle School
The Tough Road
Youâ€™re braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.â€ (Christopher Robin--A Milne)
When I was younger, I had a lot of trouble in school. Even starting kindergarten I never felt like I could do the school work the right way, and there was always a lot of pressure to get it done. As a result of this happening I ended up going to five different elementary schools. It was very frustrating, and depressing it made me think that I couldnâ€™t do anything right.
My parents kept taking me to different doctors to figure out what was wrong. Going to all those different doctors made me feel even more like something was wrong with me. In fourth grade my parents and doctors finally figured out why I was the way that I am. So basically the doctors said that I learn differently than the normal student, and that because of that I would need certain accommodations. These strategies would help me get my work done. This made me feel happy and relieved because at least finally we can do something about my learning.
Some of my personal strengths that I relied on was that I was patient, while this happening to me. There were times when I felt like things may never get better. What made me keep going was my faith that one day things would improve. My belief that eventually the bad times would go away, I just had to keep trying. No matter what, working hard would eventually pay off.
After my last elementary school I was very scared and worried about starting middle school. It seemed like middle school was going to be a nightmare. But when I started middle school, first I got a great welcome from my teachers. My teachers were very encouraging, kind, and sensitive to my learning style. That made me do good, and try hard. Even when the work was getting tough I tried harder.
This confidence I got from sixth grade helped me to volunteer over the summer at The Traveling Playground. These were kids that the city provided camp and lunch to for free, because of their living situation they did not have enough to eat. Even though I just helped make sandwiches, and pass out lunch, it helped those kids for that day. Just like I needed special accommodations at school, these kids needed special accommodations in their day to help them get through it.
So the lesson I learned was no matter how smart you are if you work for your goal you can achieve it with effort, patience, and faith. Albert Einstein said, â€œYou never fail until you stop trying. So if you've gone through a tough time like I did never give up always have confidence.