Champions of Wayne Blog
Savannah, a junior at Wayne Memorial, has decided to go above and beyond a 4.0 GPA. She's collaborating with two friends, Oli and Olivia, to create a biweekly podcast called Rambles and Tangents.
Arion Logan is a 2016 graduate of Wayne Memorial who has overcome significant obstacles to get where she is. Her persistence in pursuing the Spartan Advantage Scholarship, which is awarded to economically disadvantaged students, has resulted in a full scholarship and a previously unforeseen array of opportunities. This is her story in her words.
Unless you’re some sort of math wiz, or the next Albert Einstein, you’ve probably faced a hardship in math at least once throughout your lifetime. Rather it be elementary arithmetic, or high school calculus, math can be extremely difficult. For me, math has always been something I’ve struggled with. I realized in high school that math was not something that would be easy for me, and thus began my struggle of all things math. Although I hate math, I choose a STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) major anyway because I have a passion for science. Ultimately I want to become an anesthesiologist, a doctor who administers anesthesia to patients before a major procedure.
As a freshman at Michigan State University, there is a requirement to take a placement exam to determine what math class you will be put into. After taking my placement exam I was put into MTH 103, college algebra. Although I was proud of myself for this accomplishment because I tested out of the intermediate level math classes, I was afraid that I wouldn’t do well.
Now, 5 weeks into the semester, and MTH 103, I have failed 2 quizzes and am questioning if a STEM major is for me, or if I will ever do well in math. The answer to both of those questions is yes. I will not change my major just because a bump in the road occurs. Also, I will find a way to do well in math, whatever it takes. I am at Michigan State to succeed in all things I do, and that will happen.
I have came to the conclusion that math is and will always be difficult for me, and it takes more time for me to understand it, but with a little extra work I will make it. It will take many hours of studying, tutoring sessions, determination, and countless tears, but math will not be my downfall this semester, or any other semester for that matter.
Until next blog…..
Sharon Carpenter is a 2016 graduate of Wayne Memorial High School. At the end of her senior year, she was uncertain of where she would attend college and how she would afford it. Now, she is attending Michigan State University and receiving a full scholarship.
By Sharon Carpenter
It is official, I am settled in and a happy spartan. I have last blogged about my internal feelings on the way to state, but now it is time to do an update.
Yes, the left bunk was mine. Kaylie (my roommate) and I did not have to do a rock paper scissor show down, she just plaining called the right side. When i first walked in Kaylie was not there. I think that worked out the best because as girls we packed way too much to be unpacking at the same time. I noticed the set up of the room was most definitely not cutting it. So I had a feeling of being rushed. I know it might of been a little hectic for my grandparents, dad, and brother due to the fact that I was giving orders. I began to feel a little stressed but I got through it. Kaylie finally got there and we both unpacked our clothes and started to re-arrange the room to our liking. Both of our families were there to help us move heavy things and put together dressers and the couch. The family saying goodbye was pretty hard. Yes both my grandparents cried that day, which of course made me cry. I just told myself that Its my time shine, meaning do well in school and create my own life. When we were all organized and settled in my stress faded off a cliff and my excitement increased. Kaylie and I might have had chair races with girls that lived on our floor, but I will not get into deep detail about that.
My first day of class went very well. The day before class I made sure to do a run through of my classes. I woke up on time and got to class about ten minutes early. This is still currently happening, which I believe helps me get ready for the hour or two hours. My favorite class currently would be my fisheries and wildlife lab class. In this class we travel and go to nature centers, lakes and even went to a prairie a couple weeks ago. I am a hands on learner and being in this lab class is an advantage to me. All my classes are very well. In high school there was a lot of times when college students would come in and tell us seniors about what they wished they did differently their freshman year. Their advice always stayed in my thoughts. So for the past month and a half I have been using their advice and found so many great resources and I feel more confident as well.
College is a lot different than high school. Two weekends ago I went to a high school football game and I started to reminisce of my high school football game days. I watched the student section from a distance and realized, that was me last year. It was so crazy to me, it felt like I was another person looking from the outside in.
Time management is something that sticks with me. I know I wrote it in the last article but it is very important. At college the workload is a lot heavier than in high school. Using time management I can successfully get things done and not have to stress. Stress is common in college, and is something I want to try and avoid. I notice stress can change people to do different things. I believe as long as my time management is organized then my stress probability will decrease.
I am currently in the process of getting a job in the mechanical engineering building. Which is going to change my schedule of free just a tad. I am very excited to be working again. I like to keep busy and working will help me maintain a good schedule. I am also in the fisheries and wildlife club, and apart of the fisheries committee. This club is going to help me network and gain great opportunities as well as having fun.
I am very happy here at Michigan State, although the football team is not doing so hot lately I still bleed green and white. Thank you for all the people who have supported my past blog, and hope you enjoy this one as well.
Until next blog...