I took matters into my own hands
School has never come easy for me. It wasn't any different when it came to AP US History. I decided to take AP US History with a load of doubt, from my peers, my old teachers,and even my school counselor. They saw that I had never taken an AP class and I really didn't know much about our country's history.
Our first test was at the end of August. It was hard knowing how much to prepare or what it was going to be like. I got a D on the first test. I felt the weight of everyone's opinions but more so of how disappointed I felt in myself. For me, it was just another roadblock I needed to overcome.
From that point on I took matters into my own hands. I found myself a stellar tutor, bought books on books of study preparation material, even watched videos on how to take notes. Everyone in my class thought I was crazy for doing so much work. Little did they know, my work paid off and I got a B on the second test. My motivation kept on growing until I was able to truly succeed. Second semester I ended up getting the highest grade in my class on a test.
Something I realized later on is that this was the first time I loved learning history. It wasn't the time period, or my teacher, it was that I had a problem I needed to overcome. Problem solving in my own life is true motivation for me. Proving everyone that I can do what I set my mind to is motivation for me. Seeing that I am able to accomplish anything is motivation. "Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently." Henry Ford