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world look better to us? As a Vista del Lago student, I am expected to achieve the levels of understanding, be responsible, and respect different or uncommon environments. During the first semester of 11th grade I have sensed growth in all aspect of my life, however some of the important skills that I encountered this semester were to be an Individual who values world’s culture, to think critically and to be a Responsible Citizen. An individual who values world’s culture is someone that is able to respect and identify some unusual aspect of his environment’s life. Those individuals are able to have such characteristics by learning of different environments and cultures, that might be presented and active around the world or even in the USA. In my English class, I had the opportunity to learn about the Iraqis when I read the “World on the Turtle’s Back”, and then wrote an in class essay about this created myth. This portfolio assignment helped me develop as an individual, who values cultures because it gave me the opportunity to explore something very unique. It got me aware of something very different from what most of us believe in. It has allowed me to appreciate and to acknowledge this way of culture, which is mostly uncommon in American Indians. Moreover it made me able to greet them with knowledge and handle things much better than some one who has not had the opportunity to learn their unique style of living. Apart from basic cause and effects I have learned how to evaluate about that what appreciated opportunities should I consider putting my valuable time in and what might be the logical reasons behind something, are just few of the many features that I adapted from this dominant field. Apart from just studies and what we actually learn in our classes, Advance Placement Summer Work forced me to take a step ahead of everyone else and put myself in better position then many in this world. Summer assignments had forced me to get used to the critical work; it make my image stronger, so when I am put under the critical circumstances where I am competing against some very capable competitors adults outside of school, I am prepared to act like them. Regarding responsibilities, it is largely believed that citizens have the general responsibility to participate in their community to make it "better". Definition of "make it better" will vary greatly, and is largely determined by social norms in the community. In my Advance Placement United States History class, I got the assignment to search and write an essay where I had to analyze the Declaration of Independence. Reading it and writing an essay upon what Jefferson’s views were, and why such actions were taken taught me greatly how to develop myself into a very capable person who constantly analyze and thinks highly of one’s part. In my everyday school life I use this skill in many ways, I use it to follow direction to do my part to comfort and make good impression for others. Apart from school and just following directions, doing this has motivated me to such a great extent, that I have been involved in community services with the community hospital and another community which helps the people in need on holidays. I think I still have a long way to go in adapting and perfecting into this ESLR, and I can only do that by strengthening some of the qualities I have already adapted into. I have had the blessing to improve upon many features of life during this semester, but the few that I mentioned really stood out for me and have shown it by improving my abilities. I think portfolios have taught me many skills, but mainly, the ones it has strengthen are, to think critically, respect and learn to appreciate, and allow myself to be like an open skull and capture knowledge from different and unique sources.