Comments From CCA Member 2011 Graduating Seniors...
One of my favorite quotes is by Anthony J. D’Angelo which says, “Develop a passion for learning. If you do, you will never cease to grow.” I have not only developed a passion for learning, but the passion to teach others as well. I have been accepted into Adams State College and I am attending college there in the fall of 2011. Adams State has one of the best teaching programs in the state of Colorado. Pursuing a career in the field of education had been a part of my plans since my early teens. Because the beginning of my childhood was abusive and difficult, I want to know that I can make a positive impact on a child’s life, perhaps one who has had difficulties like mine, the way my parents made a positive impact on me.
My parents taught me to never give up and the value of hard work. We live on a cattle ranch, so in addition to the schoolwork, a typical day includes doing chores and ranch work. I value the “if it doesn’t kill you it only makes you stronger” attitude my father taught me and I refuse to give up. Being small in stature has made that quite a challenge at times, but I continually strive to pull my weight to show myself and other that I can do whatever task is set before me.
For the last couple of years I enrolled in AP (Advanced Placement) and Honors courses in school to help me when I get to college. Although these AP and Honor courses have been very difficult at times, I have maintained my grades to a 3.9 grade point average. During my senior year, some of my teachers asked me to tutor other students in social studies and to also help my peers in AP English Language and Composition. Helping others and volunteering have been activities I like to include in my life. I have volunteered and been a leader in my community since I was seven years old. I find teaching extremely rewarding and the value I hope to instill in kids will help them realize their own potential and will give me a strong sense of accomplishment.
This year, I was awarded multiple scholarships in order to help me achieve my goal in becoming a teacher. I expect college to continue to be a fantastic adventure which I undertake with great enthusiasm.
Will (Excerpt from his graduation speech)
You know, it is a very weird feeling that, after spending three years at (CCA Member School), this is the first time I have met my fellow classmates. I know a number of you know each other, but to tell you the truth, I was beginning to think that you all didn’t really exist. It’s very nice to meet you all.
Thanks to (my online school), I have been able to experience things that I would never have been able to do in a traditional school. The best example would be the fact that, thanks to the school’s flexibility, and the ability to create my own schedule, I have been able to spend part of my year in Paris, France, and from there, travel to places like England, Italy, Turkey, and Morocco, (all places that I highly recommend). The things I have seen on these trips, and the people I have met, have allowed a first-hand experience that would never have been possible in a traditional school. I’m sure that many of you have also taken advantage of such flexibility to pursue other activities that have shaped you as a person and which would not have been otherwise possible.
But it is not only this flexibility that has made the online learning experience so successful. I am grateful for the outstanding model created by (CCA Member School), and the teachers that provide and develop it...all of my teachers strived to make a connection, and voiced whenever possible that they were...willing to help me however they could and whenever I needed it.
... I also have (my online school) to thank for another very important thing: the development of my self-discipline and organization. As many of you have learned, these are two skills that are necessary to succeed. But of course this is not the only place where they are applicable. No matter what we do after high school, these skills will be a priceless aid in whatever circumstances we find ourselves.
(My experience has been) a prime example of what online learning can be, and how technology can be efficiently used in learning without distancing the teachers from the students... Galileo once said ”You cannot teach a man anything; you can only help him find it within himself.” Fellow graduates, I know we are all grateful for the opportunity we’ve had that has brought us to this point. I wish each of you success as we move forward to the next step in our life journeys.
I would consider myself an outgoing teenager that is friendly, and likes to have a good time. I work a part time job and I chose to do online school because of this reason. Going into online schooling was a challenge at first, but the one-on-one time you receive is extraordinary and helped me succeed through it all. I love online schooling for many reasons: such as, you are able to come into the office and receive help, get your school work done on your time, and get a lot of input on what you can improve on, like writing. I am planning on attending the Community College of Denver (CCD) or Metro State.
After graduation I plan to attend Pima Medical Institute and get a degree in physical therapy. I want to become a physical therapist so after Pima I plan to continue school at a university. I can graduate from Pima as a physical therapy assistant and I plan to get a job as I work through school. My dream is to become a physical therapist and work in a hospital or clinic helping people recover from surgeries and sports injuries.