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By Tracey Parker | October 27, 2015 | RSS
My name is Tracey Parker and I am a sophomore here at Bluefield College. I came to Bluefield mainly because I was given the opportunity to play football. This was a blessing, because I really didn’t have the grades to play college football. Because of my grades I was forced to red shirt my freshman year. Coming in with the grades I had from high school I was automatically on academic probation. This was not a fun experience. Once a week I had to attend academic success seminar to make sure I was doing everything in my power to get back on track to be able to succeed in college. I also met with a counselor every few weeks to make sure that I was managing my time and keeping up with my grades in every class.
I had a really hard time at first getting adjusted to college football and the academics. While I was in high school I would always have my parents and others keeping an eye on me to make sure I was at least eligible to compete in sports. Once I arrived at college I understood quickly that the responsibility was on me now. I was the one that had to make sure my grades where were they needed to be. My first year of college made me grow up significantly and understand that my grades have to come first, above everything.
Once the season got started my freshman year I understood that I could not compete in any games but I had to practice. It was a very humbling experience when I saw my teammates competing knowing that I could not. I had to look myself in the mirror and make a decision to start doing the right things with my time. I had to put first things first for the better of myself. Once I made the active decision to put my grades first I saw a change in my habits and myself. When I had free time I used to worry about playing video games and hanging out with friends because those things were important to me, but my grades became my top priority. I did sometimes hangout with my friends and play video games, but it was after I had completed my work for that day and studied.
I was able to finish my first year of college with a 3.1 GPA with the help of my professors and coaches. I must admit it was very rewarding to see my hard work pay off. This was not an easy process, but I was able to get where I needed to be by working hard and never giving up. Every now and then I may have a blemish in my grades, but then I just go back to what got me through year one and understand that my work is my top priority. My goal is to graduate from Bluefield College with a GPA of a 3.0 or higher. I have a very obtainable goal. I know that I can succeed in college if I stick to my plan and always try my best.
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