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Prompt #2 Tell us about a personal quality, talent, accomplishment, contribution or experience that is important to you. What about this quality or accomplishment makes you proud and how does it relate to the person you are?
"Natalie! Why do you always leave the pantry door open?" I snapped back, "I swear on my life I closed it this time!" My mom and constantly argue over trivial things like me never remembering to put the cap on the milk jug or close the pantry door. She thought my actions were out of laziness, but it turned out to be something more.
For years I failed to achieve academic excellence. No matter how hard I tried in school, I wasn't good enough. I felt that my peers looked down upon me because I wasn't at their level, which was emotionally difficult for me to handle. I started feeling really depressed and inadequate to the point where I didn't want to go to school. I began to notice that I wasn't able to sit through class without mindlessly scribbling in the margins of my papers, and that information projected towards me would literally go in one ear and out the other. Nonetheless, I am a product of a great school system; Monta Vista High School provided me with all the skills to excel academically. The skills from Monta Vista and those from my early education were the reason why I went through most of high school undetected as a C student, people deemed me to be lazy, but that was not the case.
During the end of my junior year I was diagnosed with ADHD, and I began seeing a psychologist. My mom joked and said, "Well, now I know why you never used to close the pantry door!" Yes, the reason why I never closed the pantry door was answered; but more importantly, the reason why I had so much difficulty in school was revealed. In the middle of second semester junior year, I had a D in American Studies, but once I began the doctor prescribed medication my grade went up dramatically. I was able to apply the skills I've obtained over the years to all of my classes, and by the end of the second semester I had raised my D to a B in American Studies. When my mom and I checked online for my final grades of junior year, we cried when we saw the B. I couldn't believe how far I'd come in just a few months. I started earning A's and B's rather than the usual C's and D's. Seeing my grades and overall attentiveness increase tremendously has made me strive every single day to reach my maximum potential.
I still work as hard as I did in school prior to the diagnosis, however the difference now is that I know myself and how my mind works. Despite the difficulties I have faced throughout the years, I am proud to say that school is my top priority. Understanding where I am now compared to the previous years has helped me realize how much potential I truly have as a student, as well as a person. This newly discovered potential has motivated me to prepare for my future, fueled my creativity and most importantly defined me.