Yampah Mountain High School Portfolio...

Senior Paper

Breanna Ortiz

Senior Paper

Taking Charge of Your Future

we as humans come into this world without a care in the world. We start off as helpless human beings not being able to control our movement, where we go, what we eat or even how we dress. Not being able to speak our minds. As life goes on we mature and grow seeking knowledge and guidance from those of us that are influenced by our parents and surroundings. People say humans are the way they are in the future because of the certain situations they go through. Everyone goes through different things there is not one person who is alike. Everyone has there own individualism.

A lot of people in this world try to be something there not. But at the end of the day were all alone stuck with our own thoughts as a independent individual. Living in a world that we as the human culture are influenced a lot by our media more then ever before. People tend to follow the path of others and try and become something there not. I think everyone gets caught up in the mix of society at one point in there life. I believe people try to become somebody there not because they don't want to be left behind and want to be apart of something. They worry about what others would think of them instead of worrying about what is really important in life. People always complain about wishing things in there life could be better and about what they have but really its not about materialistic things. Its about going through hard times and making it the life you want to live. “Life is what you make it.”

I know as for myself as a human walking in this world not knowing what is going to happen next have had a lot of struggles in my life. It took me a very long time to realize we as people have to live for ourselves and do as you feel whats right for ourselves. Even if it turns out bad you learn from your mistakes and move on. You have to live and learn and make better choices the next time around. There comes a point in life when you realize its not about everyone it is about YOU. Your wants, your desires. We come into this world alone and we die alone. For me I live for god and myself. Don't get me wrong I love my family and the one that have been there for me throughout my life so far. But you have to be happy with who you are before anyone or anything else, and I can honestly say I am one of those humans that are still in the making of becoming In control and happy with who i have become so far and what I want to succeed to become. “If you want to be the best, you have to separate yourself from all the small talk.”

In life there are always going to be struggles. Yes, at the time your going through them you sometimes feel like giving up,
I believe you have to go through hard times to become a strong individual. Nothing is easy in life, but why would you want it to be easy. If life was easy life would be boring. Nothing comes handed to you in life you have to do everything in your power to have success and accomplish everything you dream about doing.

As we start our lives we spend years of our beginning child hood learning what is taught to us. What is right from wrong and what we have to do to grow up and become an adult in life. We spend over a decade getting our general education.

About thirteen years ago I was a careless person not having to worry about the struggles life brings as life gets more difficult and moves on, having everything handed to me. I can remember times during my elementary school education, I did not have to worry about anything all I had to do was play around and make new friends, it did not matter about impressing anyone. We could just go up to one another and you would be able to talk like you would have known them for years.

Then all of a sudden you hit middle school and then times of being something your not seem to appear in your life. You have to worry about being apart of something your not. Its like you put on a costume and have all the name brand clothes and shoes. “You have to look the part.” I'm not saying everyone goes through seeing or being in this type of situation, but as for me growing up in a city that seems as that is what it is about. You have to be apart of a click not being able to take off the costume and show society the person you are meant to be.

Before you know it your middle school years have passed you by in a blink of an eye. Then all of a sudden reality hits, times start to get harder and you begin putting more costume accessories on. Tougher situations are thrown at you peer pressure starts to get more intense. An you feel this sense of pressure that you have to fit in with the crowd. For me as a high school student I was never taught about credits and how high school worked. I just pretty much floated by not really caring about the importance in making my life successful. Then all of a sudden I was hit with a reality check. Being separated from my family and my so called friends. As I left the city and the life I only knew I moved to the western slope. I would say that it was one of the worst situations I have ever been in. it felt like I was walking in a dead dream and could not wake up. I spent months living like a vampire. What I mean by vampire is I guess you could say I went through a depression. I spent day after day sleeping from sun up till sun down, an staying up all night. I would wake up when a the normal typical family would be relaxing from a hard day of excitement. Not me I would be barely be waking up when the streets were quite and nobody was around keeping all my anger and hate inside.

When I first moved I tried going back to high school but it did not work out so good. It took Grand Valley High School months to get me enrolled to start school. Once I finally went it was the end of the school year. I was put in a difficult situation in being put in to high of a grade, in not being able to understand anything that was being taught to me. As I finished the school year I decided to drop out and no longer attend High School. After the summer ended I tried to attempted in getting my GED at Colorado Mountain College in Rile, CO. before I knew it I was soon to find out that it was not what I really wanted to do. I came to realize that I did not want that for myself and quit going. So I wasted a year of my life not knowing what to do trying to find my way. Making all the things I wanted to do come alive and prove others I was not going to give up, An that I could make something out of myself. I was not going to let anything bring me down so I made up my mind to attend back to high school and succeed and graduate. That's when I started attending Yampah Mountain High School. A school to achieve and succeed to make your life better for yourself. When I first made up my mind I was hesitant and did not fully believe in myself I did not know if I was making the right decision at the time, but I knew deep down it was the right thing I had and wanted to do. To make my life better.

Going back to high school was the best decision I have made so far . Especially attending Yampah Mountain High School, I can say was one of the best decisions I have made so far. I went to Yampah with a open mind and was not going to let anything come in my way. I started of the school year technically a senior with no credits. Putting my self down thinking I was not going to be able to catch up, to accomplish what I wanted for myself. As the year went on I made new friends new dreams and accomplished things I never thought I would have the opportunity to do.

When I started at YMHS I went in with no credits at all so I had to work extra hard to get as many credits as I could. When the year came to a end I had almost half of my credits to graduate. During that year I tried my best to get the most credit possible I took every class I could possibly take. I also went through the process of graduating by portfolio and writing a petition to graduate early without having the credits to graduate with the class of 2010. So I went through a process of writing a petition and having a plan and it having to be approved by all the advisors and principal. As long as I finished and followed my plan it was approved and I my wish came true of graduating with my class of 2010. As it seemed that I wanted to graduate so bad. I decided it was not the fair thing to do and I did not want to cheat myself out.

Not learning enough, and feeling I was not actually ready to become successful and move on to college. So I decided to change my mind and did not follow through on something I would regret in the future.

The next year came in a blink of an eye and I was soon to realize that it came to the end of the year so fast. This year was really difficult I have had a lot of struggles more then ever before in dealing with graduating. In the beginning of the school year I struggled with doing everything I did not have the mind set on finishing everything I had to do. I let myself down in wanting to become successful in my education. I gave up my happiness, I let go of my pride. I am glad that I came back to reality that I came back to high school for a reason and I went through knowing that giving up was not going to be apart of me. Now I can say I am on the right track and I made it I am glad to say that I am in the graduating class of 2011, and nothings going to come in the way of what I want to accomplish next in life.

As I was considering my future and what is to come in the next chapter of my life. I read a book called Do Hard Things by Alex and Brett Harris. I can tell you these are some very wise young teens that accomplished a lot in there lives so far. The reason this book is meaningful to me is that we as “teens” are labeled and the older generations do not believe that we as young adults can provide the same information or work ethic as them. This book proves to them that even though we are young we can accomplish many things in life, and they should not have low expectations on the younger generation. Adults tend to have an outlook on young adults. About thinking that we as “teens” can not live up to a certain expectation. This book proves that young adults in the past have accomplished more then most twenty to thirty year old “adults”.

As I close one chapter in my life and prepare for the next. I believe that I have learned a lot and I am ready for the challenges that life may come with. I am ready for anything that comes down my path in the walk of life that I am living.