When my sophomore year started, it was at the height of covid, my school had evoked the online school option and many students had to learn their lessons through zoom.

Tell us your story. What unique opportunities or challenges have you experienced throughout your high school career that have shaped who you are today?
The major obstacle he has overcome is his Attention Deficiency Disorder. From having a section 504 support during his elementary and middle school years, he has worked hard to shed the accomodations and has successfully worked his way all through his 4 years of highschool with out any support and excelled in his academics with consistent grades.
I have encountered many experiences throughout my high school career, but where it all started were in my early days of Elementary and Middle School. I had a hard time adjusting to the academic curriculum and had to rebuild my base. In Middle school, all through the three years, I had to adjust to this new lifestyle which was hard to do, as I did not have any friends at the start of middle school. Gradually, but slowly, I started to make more friends and I started to get used to the life here.
After entering high school, I began 9th grade and didn’t really know what to expect because I never really got a lot of advice on how high school worked. Although adjusting to the hustle and bustle of high school hallways was not difficult, faculty expected engagement with the material on a totally different level. At first, I continued my previous habits and barely managed a single A. At the same time, I also dealt with some minor sports inconveniences, and worst of all, I was a freshman. I struggled to adjust to a whole new environment. I used to play table tennis on a serious level during my freshman year, I found a certain passion for the sport when I started playing it. I had attended a professional academy for some lessons as well as playing in a lot of tournaments. The tournaments I played were against one of the best in the state, and I lost most of the matches I played against them. After each of those losses, I had gone home and practiced each of the moves I did and could’ve done. Even though I lost most of those matches, It was the experience that I valued, the fact that I could play against some of the best players taught me that the lessons gained from the failures of our actions truly help us succeed in the future.
Challenge of adjusting and keeping up with my Volunteering hours
Towards the end of my freshman year, I was preparing for my final exams which would be coming up in two months, when COVID-19 hit, right as my spring started. The school announced that our spring break would be extended by an additional week, which was amazing news for the freshman because this meant that we would not need to take the semester’s final exams. We continued the rest of the year online with assignments and such, which was a very easy life, waking up late and completing all our work late in the evening. When my sophomore year started, it was at the height of COVID, my school had evoked the online school option and many students had to learn their lessons through zoom. This move to online school had particularly affected me as I am the type of student that learns the best when I’m in class and engaging with the teacher and classmates. There is certain type of motivational factor when you’re in class and learning with your classmates around you. Missing out on this sort of engagement affected my learning ability and as a result caused my grades to suffer. After seeing how much my performance was affected, I decided to hone my focus and strive for the best results I could produce for the rest of the year. After months of hard studying and hardwork, I had managed to recover my grades from falling under my expectations. This experience had taught me that no matter what obstacles appear in your way, the only way to get past them is to push past it with all your strength.
My start to my junior year had been a peculiar one, as it was my first year back in high school since the pandemic. The pandemic had left everyone without a social life and more withdrawn into themselves during the period. It was hard time adjusting to this new environment, and everyone was trying to get back to the way things were before the pandemic. Without a doubt, one of the hardest parts of that year was rekindling my relationships