My name is Christian, and I am currently a sophomore in high school. You should know I was not the best student when I was in middle school. Those two years were a real challenge for me. I felt extremely frustrated at times because I could not find an explanation as to why there were students who were able to handle those two years with such ease. For them, middle school went by like a breeze. For me, it was like trying to remember someone I never knew. I was not a fast worker, and my grades were not all that great. There were times when I really struggled in class, and it most definitely showed on my report card. Not only was it a disappointment, but it was such a shame. In order to make it on the honor roll list, I would have had to take great measures. My first day of high school was when I decided to the take the initiative of changing my work habits. I wanted to be the best student I could possibly be. Instead of waiting until the last minute to do my work, I put a lot of effort into trying to remain on top of things. Not only that, but I spent long hours at night studying. I even studied on weekends, and before you knew it, I was headed in the right direction. When I had difficulty understanding a topic, I found my peers to be very helpful. I would also go to the teacher for assistance, but only if it was the last resort. Halfway into the semester, I was finally on the honor roll list. To this day, I am doing really well in school, and I still continue to make progress. To those of you who have difficulty, or are struggling, you should know that you have the capability and the potential of doing great things. You have the ability to excel in everything you do, as long as you put in the time and effort. Not only that, but you need to develop the right mindset, attitude, and level of enthusiasm. Rather than sit around and do nothing, you should take matter into your own hands. In the process of doing so, do not allow anyone to underestimate you. The best thing to do is to prove them wrong because not only would you be doing that person a favor, but you would be doing yourself a disfavor. Although it might not seem like it, hard work and perseverance is the key to accomplishing anything. I assure you that it will all be worth it in the end.