One moment where I struggled yet persevered in college was during my first quarter of college when I realized that I wasn’t going to do so well grade-wise. There was one class that I particularly struggled with; it was a science class focusing on the origin and science of the universe. I was not at all interested in this class and was just taking it to knock out a General Education requirement. I failed the first midterm, but I was counting on a final essay and doing decent on the final to help me pass the class. I remember studying for the final exam the week before and starting to feel comfortable with the material, but as the final came closer, I realized how little I actually knew, and it made me really worried. During the final, I wasn’t able to answer over half the questions confidently, and I turned it in feeling defeated.
When my fall quarter grades came in, I discovered I was on academic probation for the following quarter. Going into winter quarter, this situation motivated me to try my best in my three classes. However, at the end of winter quarter I found myself in the same situation again. I was taking a science class, which I liked this time, but I still didn’t do so well on the midterm. There were other factors toward grading, which I was doing pretty well in, so I believed that I would pass the class. I studied hard for the final, I was confident in my knowledge, and yet again, when the final came, there were less than half of the questions that I could answer confidently. With the same feeling of defeat as last quarter, I turned in my final expecting the worst possible outcome. What I got instead wasn’t the worst possible outcome, or the best, but I did end up passing the class. This showed me that although I may not sometimes think that I have the capabilities I have, I really can do anything that I set my mind to. My confidence in my academic abilities has come a long way since fall quarter and I look forward to seeing what I accomplish this quarter.
Diego Obregon is a graduate of John Muir High School. While a high school student, he was an active member in his school’s newspaper, where he was the editor in chief for the 2015 – 2016 school year. He also participated in competitive swimming for four years and was a student ambassador for the 2016 Tournament of Roses. Diego is currently a sophomore at UCLA and is majoring in English. When he’s not studying or working as a lifeguard, Diego enjoys kayaking, watching TV shows on Netflix, and listening to music. Diego first became involved with CAP by participating in their SAT prep course during his junior year of high school. He then became a regular attendee of CAP’s after-school drop-in program so he could receive help with his college applications. Diego is excited to be returning to CAP’s Alumni Advisory Council because he wants to be a resource for his peers who may need help applying for college.