An essay contest for high school students in Rockland and Westchester Counties, sponsored last month by Citibank, drew more than 1,600 essays on the topic ''What is the most critical issue facing high school students today?'' The following essay won the $500 first prize in the 11th- to 12th-grade category. By DONNA TOMAN
''WHO am I, and what do I stand for?'' The answer to this question seems to elude a great many high school students today. It is for this reason that I believe the discovery of one's true ''self'' is one of the most difficult issues a student has to face in these times of increasing pressure.
In our society, the child is asked at a very young age what he would like to be when he grows up. The child invariably replies, ''I'm going to be a doctor,'' or maybe a lawyer or fireman. The adult will nod in approval and commend the child on his fine choice of professions.
As the child ages and matures, however, he most often realizes that he really doesn't know what he wants to do. This problem of indecision is magnified in the junior and senior years of high school when students must begin to make decisions on colleges or jobs that will affect the rest of their lives. The more a student reflects upon his choices; the more he examines his motives, his goals, his ideals and values in life, the more he is perplexed.
Up to this point in the student's life, parents and friends have offered their guidance; they have told the child what they believe is ''right'' and what is ''wrong.'' Now the young adult must examine his own feelings, formulate his own set of values, for he alone can answer the important questions that face him.
In a time when there often seems to be no real morals, no concise codes of behavior, I think this task becomes extremely difficult. The discovery of increasing drug and alcohol use should not come as a shock to the community in light of the decisions between morals that today's youths are forced to face. Drug usage is simply a symptom of the confusion of youth. Getting ''high'' is a way of escaping reality.
Looking deeply into one's self can be a very painful experience. Only once one knows who he is and what he wants out of life will he be able to decipher what is ''right'' from what is ''wrong.''Continue reading the main story
Personal Self Assessment Essay
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Self assessment is a process in which you examine yourself in attempt to discover and learn more about yourself. Your likes, dislikes, behaviors, attitudes and habits can be found during this process. You can use the discoveries to your advantage by accepting or changing strengths and weaknesses. I plan on using this course to enhance my personal skills to become a better student and find success in earning my Bachelor of Arts degree at Ashford University in Social Science. Self Assessment is the first step in my successful future.
I can remember in high school, it seemed like I was always one of the last students finished with a test.
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