This I Believe

Pedro - Houston, Texas
Entered on March 2, 2009
Age Group: Under 18

I believe we are constantly faced with decisions that impact our lives in the long run. People are constantly faced with different choices in their daily lives. If you pick a bad choice it will lead to more bad choices till you fix your beginning choice. If you pick a good choice it will lead to more good choices and success. You pick good choices by knowing that it is the best decision in the long run.

I came to this discovery when I decided not to pay attention to my Algebra II class. It was morning, two hours before AP World History. I was anxious about the Unit 4 Test of the AP class, and decided to study for it, although I was well prepared, instead of paying attention to the lesson. I was studying with Richard and other classmates and thus did not pay attention to the complex lesson of Quadratic Functions and how to factor/solve them. As a result, I knew nothing of it nor understood the lesson. Although the studying helped me in the long run, it would had been better to had had paid attention because that same week our class was going to have a quiz on the topic. I further build upon my first bad choice by choosing another bad choice. That is I did not study whatsoever on the topic at home. And, guess what? I did badly on the quiz compared to other quizzes. I knew I had to change my ways and pay attention in Algebra. I went back to the root of the problem and began to pay attention and practicing on the subject. I finally understood it and it was a good thing too because after that simple subject, we are now doing even more complex equations dealing with quadratic functions. If I had not fixed the problem, I would have just added more bad choices and it would have been disastrous.

In reminisce to my experience; I conclude that we are constantly faced with decisions that impact our lives even though at the moment it does not seem to. I learned through my experience that you should always build on good choices rather than bad choices. I learned that the hard way by choosing bad choices which led to more bad choices and disastrous endings if I hadn’t fixed it. In conclusion, we are faced with decisions through are daily lives that seem insignificant but in the broad timespan of life really affect us in the future by either making us successful or failures.