In the beginning of 8th grade I got into basketball, because all my friends told me to. I didn't want to because last year I got hurt and couldn't play. So this year I tried out and I was happy I made it. I played three games and then got benched because I was ineligible. When my coach, Ms. Doubley, told me that I was so mad at myself, because I had a 1.75, so close to the 2.0 I needed in order to play. The next game my team lost, and at that point in time I got myself and my grades together. I never wanted to get benched again, but that didn't seem to work out.
The third marking period I got benched again... I got in so much trouble! My mom was so worried. She asked me, “Do you care if you graduate or not?” Right then and there I had a lot of things on my shoulders, but I knew the first step was doing well on my tests and turning in my homework. So what I did was try to get a C+ in almost all my classes. I almost got a 3.00 but didn’t quite.
Basketball has had a major impact on my life, I never thought that I was going to get good grades, because a lot of people said that I was going to fail in most of my classes, but I didn’t listen to them and I got a 2.75. I’ve had a great year mainly because of basketball, because it’s taught me so many things, like responsibility, and organization.
I play basketball every day now, and I will never forget how not caring about my grades can affect what I want to do and what I need to do. The reason why I play basketball now is because it will keep me on track. My friends, mom, and basketball coach are happy because I did well on my studies.
Now I need to make sure that I am organized and turn in all of my work. My goal for high school is to have a 3.50 and higher, because I don’t want to stop playing basketball. I love the sport and I’m good at it so I just need to make sure I get into a great high school that will keep me on track and help me with my studies.
7 years ago