Tuesday, 5 April 2016
My Defining Moment
The moment that defined my life the most was when I switched schools in grade four. I had done well enough on the CCAT test that I had the option to be transferred from the standard program at my primary school into the gifted program at a new school. This was a big deal back then and I had initially wanted to stay with my friends but my parents didn’t give me much of a choice. Moving into this class changed quite a few things for me. I think the thing that really impacted me the most was the other people there, and because of the nature of the class, a lot of the people in the class were very interested in maths and sciences. Whether I wanted it to or not, that started rubbing off onto me. I didn’t really have interests in specific classes at school by that point, I think around then the only thing that I cared about in school was recess. But now, when I was exposed to fellow students or even teachers with goals in those fields, it really set me down that path. Another way school changed when I went into that class was that we had a lot of open ended projects, I think one every month, and the real benefit of these was that we could do them on whatever we wanted. Because grades 4-8 are really relaxed and there is pretty much no pressure on you, I had a really good time researching and learning about all these things. I definitely didn’t know what i wanted to do after school before that point, and even though I still don’t completely know the exact things I want to do, I now have a much better Idea. I think that creating an interest and enjoyment in the math and science classes I had really did benefit me, and has a massive impact on who I am, and who I will be as a person. All in all, choosing which school and program to go to was a massive crossroads in my life, and who I am was majorly impacted by my choice.