The quote “Push yourself,because no one else is going to do it for you” is related to me because during freshman year I was waiting to be told what to do because that's how my middle school class was like, they would give us a day turn work in and when to do our community service. But during high school that all changed. When I first came to DTI I was super shy because I knew no one, and I saw people already have friends and for the first two days I would sit by myself,cause I was too nervous to talk to anyone. Also during freshman I wouldn’t think of what I wanted to do as a career, I was more focused on hanging out with friends,and now I regret not paying more attention to my work because I could have gotten into better schools(universities). My biggest cheerleaders have been my parents they always push me to try harder on school another motivation another cheerleader I have is Mrs. Keller she knows what I’m capable of and tries to get me to that, my classmates also have a big part of my motivation since we don’t let each other get behind on work since we all want to see each other graduate. I’m really lucky I got the chance to be able to graduate from a good school because from what my mom and dad told me, they really didn’t go to school, my dad told me he really wanted to finish elementary school but didn't have the opportunity to, he would have to take care of his parent’s animals and take care of his crops to make money. Both my mom and dad know how to read and write, they learned the basics thanks to what they learned in 3rd grade but besides that they don’t know much. All of my six siblings finished high school and some went to university but none of them finished post secondary school. When they were in school they had to figure everything out by themselves since my parents didn’t know English they couldn’t help them with their homework and at one point my sibling didn’t know English either since they came to the US when they were small. Since I’m the youngest I didn’t get to experience that so they would help me with my homework. During my time at Diamond Tech I have experienced many changes and here are some of them. I have tried the best I can to get through all my classes and I met all the school requirements. I’m ready to experience college through all the skills I have managed to learn, also through the experiences I have gained. Here are some slos I have learned throughout my four years here at Diamond Tech. We the class of 2019 were motivating to each other to get our stuff done, while at the same time having fun. My class changed me to be a better communicator because they encouraged me to speak more and be more confident with myself. Whenever I presented in front of them I would never feel judged and that’s why I feel comfortable with them. I believe I haven't mastered the skill of communication/speaking yet, but i'm trying to work on that so once I get to college with a ton of people it will be easier for me. I have mastered the writing due to the essays I have written for Mr. Licata’s English classes, with essays such as Life on The Road and Risking it All, because we would write eight hundred plus word essays which furthered my writing skills and I have also mastered listening because during my 4 years in High School I have learned to listen to what my teachers are saying at all times because then you miss out on the information that could be on test or other things, also with my friends and I listen to what they are saying to be a good friend. During my time in college I will apply all these skills to enhance my learning, to make it simpler and easier to learn. Two skills I think are important and that apply to my personal academic and career are having adaptability and being future oriented. During my time at DTI, our class has been the guiñe pigs, because we have been the ones to try most of the new projects the have been added to the school, and it wasn’t easy seeing that other classes didn’t have to do what we did, but that’s when we had to be flexible and adapt to it, even if we didn’t like it. Junior and senior year I started to care about my future and what I wanted to do, Richards really helped us have a rough estimate on how we wanted to go from what we wanted to do ,to how we were/are going to manage our money with the salary of our job earnings I learned how to work independently by making sure I understood the subject, before I worked on homework/assignment with a partner so I would feel comfortable, and not just getting the answers. For most of our projects we worked in teams or pairs, for example working on the Nfte business project with Candy, we both had to work together to make our project the best it could, and it wasn’t always easy because she would add something or I would add something and sometimes we wouldn’t agree but we just mix our ideas and in the end our project came out so good. Learning how to work by myself and in groups makes me flexible to the project, because if I need it to work by myself I know I will be able to complete it and to ask for help and if I’m working in a group I know to listen to all ideas cause that could improve the work. The specialized interests I gained were going on hikes with my family, to get my steps in for PE, It was really fun to go exploring new place, my favorite was going to Toro Park and walking through the different trails.Also I liked volunteering and I plan to do it more often. My ability to locate, extract, and organize data grew from working on essays in Licatas class such as the Fast Food Inc. essays were we had to do research on the fast food industry and the what is in our meat and the process it goes through, when researching we had to make sure they were facts and not just made up stories. In school ,most of our work was done on computers and programs we learned,and I learned how to work programs I had no clue on , such as:photoshop to edit pictures, mastercam to create wood engraved projects and using solidworks to create 3D objects. I don’t think I would use these in my career but it is still a good skill to have.To demonstrate budgeting and understanding economics in personal life, I did a google slide presentation on my future lifestyle budgeting. I chose a salary that my planned career makes, and added everything I would need to spend money on such as future: car payments, house bills, entertainment,etc. I really enjoyed that project because it gave me a glimpse of what my future would look like. Also in Mr. Tennants class we learned some finance words and how to use them. I will continue to use these skills to manage my college and personal finances. Many non dti kids have no clue how to budget which is a disadvantage to them cause they might struggle balancing school and personal expenses. They also don't have the knowledge of how to start and run a business. Before Dti i was always on time because I lived so close to school it was hard to be late. During dti I was early during The first year but after that I started coming late because I didn't think it mattered being early, I believe moving to salinas was a big part of my attendance being bad because I wasn't use to the distance. Right now i'm trying to improve my attendance because every time I’m late Mr.Tennant takes a point off our grade and my grade is not good. Even if my attendance isn’t good right now, that doesn’t mean it will be bad in college too, I will try my hardest to be on time. Going to school at DTI I got to meet people from various backgrounds and different sexualities and I was never not accepting of them, but I didn’t really understand it, but I’ve tried to learn, especially from close friends I have.I think volunteering at Starlight for Reading Buddies really set my path for wanting to be a special ed teacher .The class that showed me the interconnectedness of everything was english because it showed various sides of one story. This business class helped me know the definition of words and how to apply them to the real world. I have never been good at decision making its a struggle for me to make a good choice. But that skill has changed, because I now know how to balance the pros and cons. The project that most impacted my high school career was writing the my story essay for Licata. Because it actually made me realize that I was lucky to be here and be studying, so it made me try harder in school. I'm still a little nervous asking for help because I don't want to seem annoying or not smart, which I know I shouldn't do but I’m working to change that. I have become a better problem solver because since coming to DTI I have been more independent with more work and with how I get things done. I don't really like taking big risks, because Im scared Im going to fail.But I feel like I took a big risk applying to college to better my education,I honestly thought that I was not going to get accepted into any school but thankfully I did, I got into CSUMB and SJSU. I didn't have that many struggles throughout my time here but in freshman year, I struggled because we didn't have a math teacher, she was sick, more than half of the semester, I think I gave up on math that year since I didn't have somebody explaining it to me and Im not good at math, also most of the class and me slacked off since a teacher wasn't there to keep us focused on work. During sophomore year I struggled with keeping focus on work my mentality was “its okay I still have next year to get good grades”, and now looking back at that I regret not getting work done, cause this senior year I have to make up work that I didn't finish. During Junior year the thing I struggled the most with was coming to school on time, this is the year I moved houses from watsonville to salinas, Im stilling learning what times to leave so I could get here early.Senior was the toughest year It has been fun for most part but it has also been the most stressful. But I don't get myself cause I feel so stressed but yet I don't do any work that would get that stress out of my chest. This year I also applied to college which I was nervous to apply cause I wanted to turn everything in on time and get my acceptance/denials as soon as possible. The biggest takeaways i've had from engineering was learning how to work industrial machine, such as the CNC machine, solidworks and a laser cutter.For agriscience it was learning how meat industry treats their workers and the meat itself, after that I was more aware of the food my mom would buy, I also learned the impact of our carbon footprint.For business it taught me the essentials for starting a business and I think that's super useful in case I want to start one or help a family member start one. In digital media that class taught me how to work with cameras and how to take professional looking pictures, also working with photoshop to enhance the quality of the picture. A mix between of all the pathways is going to be useful for my future career such as, public speaking, and writing essays, and learning how to communicate with others. After I graduate from High school i'm going to attend San Jose State in the fall, there I plan to complete my bachelors degree for Liberal Studies.After I have my BA I want to get my certificate for teaching. During my time at SJSU I want to be a TA at a school to gain experience and to know what its like to be in a classroom setting.To get into college I had to take both the SAT & ACT, which I wasn't prepared for at all. I got a higher score on the ACT even though I felt that I tried harder on the SAT then on the other one. Two goals I plan to achieve in ten years are to graduate from SJSU and get hired somewhere in Fresno. The career cruising matchmaker survey gave me the option of choosing a career in either health science or child development and a Special Ed Teacher was number 10 on my list which was great to know since it suits how I want to work . “Push yourself,because no one else is going to do it for you”, really applied to my highschool experience by getting me through times I didn't want to finish either assignments or school in general. I am really thankful for the opportunities I have had here at DTI, and I plan to take those with me to my post - secondary school.