The Letter that Changed Everything

Graduating earlier than expected.

In a previous post, I mentioned that I was taking both high school and college courses at the age of 16. After doing some reflection, I think it’s appropriate to provide some background information on what exactly caused this change at such a young age.

It all started around sophomore year. AP classes was pure torture, and high school was still a big deal. I received a letter from this program called “College Academy.” It was an invitation to join an orientation session, where more information would be provided. Now I’ve never heard of this program before, nor was I interested in learning more about it. But of course, my parents insisted that I go to the orientation and see what it was about.

I went, but I still wasn’t interested. Turns out, I’d be taking a mixture of high school courses that would fulfill, and still have enough college credit to earn an AA. Amazing benefits, yet it didn’t click me. Honestly, I didn’t really care. The thought of taking harder classes at a college campus was nightmarish at best. I was failing an AP course at the time and I still had no clue on what I wanted to do with my life. What hope would I have if I was essentially a college student who hasn’t figured everything out yet? I still wanted to hold on to my youthful and blissful ignorance of my 16-year old mindset.

Needless to say, the following letter was written out of protest; a purposefully futile attempt at quickly transitioning from high school to school. I didn’t expect this letter to accomplish anything, other than to convince the people at College Academy that I was a better student than I actually was. Reading it now, I think part of me wanted to be accepted, but expected rejection. Am I only one that finds it weird to read your old work? Funny enough, I took a shot in the dark (not expecting much) and now I’m one week away from walking across another stage.

First off, I would like to express my gratitude for my eligibility for the College Academy program. The educational, as well as, financial assistance will definitely be a worthy asset right now and in the near future. With that said, it is imperative that you consider accepting me into the program because of my academic prowess, disciplined behavior, and the unique creativity that I possess and connect to my everyday life.

I am aware that your program offers the curriculum that can be only be handled by those who have the academic diligence and determination. Therefore, expect no disappointment from my hard work over the years. Since middle school, I have been taking advanced classes and doing work that only a select few of the student population can manage. So at that point, I realized that the type of work that I was doing was a precursor to the type of work that I’m doing in high school. Now in the 10th grade, this is the first year that I am actually in an Advanced Placement class and although it is challenging at times, it is really a preview for what to expect in college.

Because of the prestigious reputation that this college program has, it is quite understandable that you don’t desire immature students that are not concerned about their work. But be assured that my maturity is similar to that of an adult. For instance, a teacher never had to call home to discuss my terrible behavior. In every report card that I received, I have received positive feedback from my teachers, commending me on my great behavior and responsibility.

The ability to relate creativity and information to one another separates the open-minded from the close-minded. Likewise, my method of applying my knowledge of music and poetry to everyday situations can separate me from the average student. One concept that I mastered from playing the piano is discipline. Just like there is a code of conduct for students, there are a set of established of rules for musicians, such as timing and patience. Similarly, poetry has taught me to express an idea in a myriad of styles. Poems are not just lines that rhyme, but rather an alternative format of discussing a topic using similes, metaphors, or any other type of figurative languages. Consequently, just like there are different types of poems, there are a variety of ways to express a viewpoint on an idea. It is not what you say, it is how you say it.

In conclusion, I am looking forward to being a part of the College Academy program this year. I am convinced that this program is exactly what I need to support me with the knowledge needed to provide a positive outlook for my future. Take into account my academic competence, well-organized behavior, and my unusual imagination, I guarantee that you will not regret having me as a student in the College Academy program.


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