Over the last two years at Santa Monica College, I have been on a journey. I came to LA with a goal to transfer to a great 4-year institution. I started my time at SMC very strong, finishing my first semester with a 3.8 GPA. With my high GPA, I thought I might try and transfer now. I applied to a school that was in New York and was shot down with a decline. I took the results very negatively and it affected the way my next semester played out. I moved into a house with a few other students in Westwood. My time there made me forgot about my goals. I was busy having fun and never spend time on improving myself. It resulted with my worst semester. I finish off the semester with an all time low GPA. I didn't bother trying to apply to any schools, I thought my GPA is not worthy for such prestigious upper-division schools like UCLA or USC. I wanted to change the way I was. I moved out of the party house. I focused on achieving my goals. I listened to motivators like Dwayne Johnson, and followed the action of inspiring people through social media. In all honesty, my grades did not improve much from my slump. However, last winter I applied to 3 universities in New York and made it into all of them. This was more than what I was expecting and I feel blessed that I've been granted with all these acceptance. The point is, I want to say that you can make it. No matter what situation you are in. If you are motivated to make a change and you believe in yourself. One day you'll look back, and maybe think "that wasn't so hard".
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