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Planning for Success

The question “Who are you
personally?” Seems like a very simple question. This is a question that I ask
myself every day and I still don’t have the answer to. Simply saying that I am
Sierra Lynn Hunt doesn’t answer who I truly am. I am one of the many human
beings on this planet who is still seeking a niche for myself. I am still
figuring out who I truly am. “Where are you from?” is a question that a person
can answer one-hundred different ways. I am from a family that would be
considered a dysfunction within society. I am from a small town that no one has
heard of before. I am from a German-Polish father and an Italian mother. There
are many other ways I could answer this question but to be less stubborn, I am
from Toboso, Ohio. My background and family values shaped who I am today
because they are something I can look at as inspiration to be something better.
Coming from a family who raises themselves has allowed me to shape myself into
any person I’d like to be. I see the world in a realistic way. I know that if I
want something in my life I must work hard for it. It has allowed me to become
a very independent and determined person who is not afraid of creating my own
views or opinions and for that I am thankful. My family is a very dysfunctional
one. It has allowed me to learn so much and be thankful for not only the good times
but the bad times as well. My strengths and weakness tend to contradict
themselves at times, I consider my stubbornness as a weakness. There are some
days I could consider my stubbornness as a strength because I disguise it as determination
like when I am attempting to do something, and someone doubts me it fuels me to
be even more determined to complete it. I have many weakness and strengths, but
I tend to focus more on my weakness so that one day they could possible become
one of my strengths.

Throughout my life I have attended
many schools. It was not until my seventh-grade year that I realized I wanted
to become a teacher. After that I ended up moving my sophomore year to the
school where I would end up graduating at. My grades had always fluctuated,
especially in the classes I lacked interest in. After graduation I slacked off
rather than preparing myself for the courses I enrolled in at Ohio University.
I was working over fifty hours at our local pizza shop to make sure I paid off
my first semester before it was over. I had horrible time management skills and
always waited until last minute to complete my assignments. Something that I
liked the most from my previous schooling is that the high school I graduated
from was very small. This made the teachers to student ratio much smaller which
allowed a lot of one on one time if it was needed. The lack of diversity is
something I always disliked about my small-town school. Throughout my academic
experiences prior to GCU I had so many different teachers that I would consider
to be my favorite. Each teacher meant something to me. I’ll pick one teacher,
Mr. Comras. Mr. Comras was my Junior and Senior Year Journalism teacher. He is
the most accepting teacher who appreciates diversity and individuality. He gave
me the freedom to write about anything my little heart desired. He appreciated
that I wanted to become a teacher and that I wanted to keep my alternative
personality. As he always said, “We need more punk teachers”. He’s one of my
favorites because a student could come to him no matter what they looked like,
what their sexuality was or what their religion was he accepted them. That is
something I will always appreciate. After I stopped going to college sometime
last year because I didn’t have enough time in the day to commute to work and
school I knew I wanted to go back. It wasn’t until after a very close relative
of mine unexpectedly passed away I realized that I was ready and more motivated
to go back to school. I knew that it was important to find an online accredited
school, so I began researching to find a school that had my major of interest in
an online setting. I had found three different schools, one being GCU and I had
spoken to a representative from each. After speaking to the one from GCU I knew
right away that it was the one for me. The biggest thing I expect to gain from
attending GCU is a new perspective on the way I see everyday life.

As of today, academically I stand
at an “A” in UNV-108. My academic goals are probably what every student hopes
to achieve. My academic goals are to pass every class with an “A” or a “B”. I
wish to graduate with at least a 3.0 grade point average. A personal goal I
have is to simply be more positive. Life is so much easier with a positive
outlook. I can now begin to change my overall view on life and begin to have a
positive mental attitude to ensure I stay positive even on the hardest days. To
ensure I reach my academic goals I can now begin to exercise my time management
skills so that I will always be prepared to complete my assignments as
efficiently as possible. I hope to stay on track and take all of my courses
back to back so that I can expect to complete my program of study by the year
2022. Upon graduation I hope to be in a position that leads me to teaching at a
high school, but I expect to be working at the same preschool I currently am employed
at. I chose teaching as my profession because I always wanted to be like the
teachers that stuck by me no matter what and always inspired me to be my very
best. I want to inspire and have a connection with my students like my teachers
did with me. I know better to have any high expectations salary wise being a
teacher. Being a teacher should not be about the money, for me its about making
an impact on my students. Once I graduate from GCU my life will then begin a
new journey, I will be able to begin my dream career to change students lives
and will then have something to show for myself.

Life can change in an instant, it
is always throwing curve balls and derailing you off what you had taken so much
time to plan. It is hard to predict what my future will hold, I can only hope
what it will hold. Anyone in my life within my planned profession is someone
that I can learn from. People come into your life for a reason and there is
something you can always learn from an individual. Some qualities from the
people in my life that I admire is that they are creative, curious, respectful,
prideful, and simply happy. The way my previous teacher achieved her success
within our chosen field is by “Staying determined and always keeping my family
in mind to stay motivated. With responsibility comes accountability. My family
helped me keep myself accountable to the commitment I made starting my academic
journey.” (Suttle, A. 2018.). Within the next 10 years I plan to be going back
to school for my masters while teaching a high school class. I even plan to
create a family with my husband. Within the next 20 years I see myself
graduating with masters, obtaining my own home, day dreaming about retirement
and appreciating my life and where it has taken me. My life will contribute
positively to others because I will hope to give the inspiration and motivation
they need within their academic or personal life. I will take it upon myself,
to lead and serve my students so that one day they hope to be someone like me.
I define success by happiness not fortune. In the future when I am elderly and
am thinking about where I am in life I won’t be thinking about how much money I
made. I will be thinking about whether or not I spent my time making myself and
others happy. 



Suttle, A. (2018)
Personal conversation. 

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