Roberto Clemente Middle School
Kyle Carson, Senior Engineer
Smart Grid Engineering
Baltimore Gas and Electric
One article that inspired me was “Be a Good Influence” by Kyle Carson in the Character Education Week 2 newspaper. This article inspired me because I connected to the parts of the article about having parent support, spending time with good peers and helping others with my education.
Like Carson, my parents are also very supportive. Before a big test my parents will sometimes cut my screen time and tell me to study. Even though it seemed that they are just cutting out my fun and making me do something boring, in reality they are trying to help me be successful in life. From seeing my parents constantly work hard and wake up early in the morning to walk the dog or make our lunches, I am inspired to work harder and show them that all the hard work they put into me has paid off. Even if I don’t want to work or if I am tired I will still do my best in everything.
One other thing I got from this article is that I have to be dedicated and hardworking in order to do well in life; that I have to stay focused on what I want to become and continue my education and classes in order to reach that goal. One way this article inspired me is that Carson talks about how he chose a high school that specializes in science and media because that’s what he wanted to do. Before I read this article I was deciding between two different high schools; one specializing in all the subjects I really enjoy and the others that almost all my friends are going to, but specializing in only some of the classes I enjoy. After reading this article I decided to choose the high school that specializes in what I enjoy even though I won’t see a lot of my friends, because to have a good education I have to choose what I enjoy myself and not just based on my friends’ choices.
One important theme that I got from this article is to choose the right friends. Many times I’ve seen bright students start hanging out with other students that encourage them to do what is wrong and their grades start dropping. Then when they get in trouble all their “friends” abandon them. I choose friends who I can connect with and who will always push me to the next level in my education and character. My friends will stick with me even if I can’t sometimes hang out with them because I have a lot of homework just like in the article when Carson says, “that having a few close, loyal friends is better than having lots of friends who don’t completely support you.”
I know that sometimes even though it may be something that I really want to do I have to put my priorities first and education is one of my top priorities. Another thing that Carson has influenced me to do is to be a good influence to my friends and not just have them influencing me; that I should be loyal to my friends and help them to improve in their education and character as well. This article has reminded me that even though it can be hard, I need to continue to balance my education with my social life so that I can relax and improve at the same time.
The last thing that I have received from this article is that as I work hard now in school that later on I can help others with my education. Even though I am young and having a job seems really far away, that one day I’ll be graduating from college and having to find a job. I want to have a job like Carson, where I can help those in need. I want to study hard now so that in the future others can benefit as well. I enjoy all subjects in school which is why I’m choosing a high school that specializes in all subjects and I plan to use what I’m going to learn to help others. Whether it’s through my writing to help people gain knowledge of current events or engineering a robot to help save people, I want to help others and that is why I’m going to work hard in school and all that I do.