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Prompt: Overcoming A Challenge

In fourth grade, I was falling behind in math class and I had the chance to voluntary spend my lunch hour doing an extra math lesson in the classroom. I was responsible for bringing my own lunch and being present for the lesson with the other students who were also there for the same reason. However, that was the last place I wanted to be. I hated math and didn’t want to do the extra work. Still, to this day, I suck at math and can’t do anything beyond basic algebra! During lunchtime, the whole class was escorted to the cafeteria by our teacher. After that everyone who was part of the remedial math class lined up to follow the teacher back upstairs to another classroom. I never went, but it was during parent-teacher conference night that my teacher noted to my mom that I was not there for the makeup math course, so I knew if I continued as I was, I might flunk math.

It was so scary to think about having to take the initiative by leaving the cafeteria to find the class. I knew where it was but I felt afraid to go. It was a spontaneous, spur of the moment decision I made to go. I was out of breath and in a nervous sweat by the time I spotted the students outside the classroom. That day during the lesson, I ate my packed lunch. It felt bizarre to eat in some other place in the school besides the cafeteria. I can’t remember if my math improved very much or not, but probably not since I still attended summer school later that year. The challenge wasn’t getting better in math, it was having the courage to attend the class I didn’t want to be in.


This prompt originates from this list.

Write about a challenge and how you overcame it.

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