Profile of a CCISD Graduate, Part Six

Profile of a CCISD Graduate, Part Six
Posted on 05/27/2020
MichaelOn Michael Karmeileopardus Lee’s list of accomplishments in life, one of the most impressive may be that he completed four years of high school in just one year.

“We moved here from Canada for my dad’s job in June 2019,” said Michael. “I had no idea what was in store for me when I registered at Clear Lake High School.”

He soon found out that he would have to validate his international high school coursework from Canada in order to receive credit toward Texas graduation requirements.

“I didn’t know that the courses wouldn’t transfer over,” said Michael. “On my transcript when I registered, it said I was a freshman when I was supposed to graduate at the end of the year, and so that hit me like a ton of bricks.”

In order for a him to validate his credits, he needed to enroll in and pass the next course in sequence or take a credit by examination for validation.

“I essentially had to become my own teacher to learn subjects like astronomy and take an exam based around a full semester’s worth of learning,” said Michael.

Michael ended up completing nine credit by exams, one online course and one summer school course on top of a normal schedule.

“Let’s just say I didn’t have a lot of free time,” said Michael. “I had a full, seven-period schedule during the school day and then took validation tests after school.”

Michael could have decided all of this work was too much to fit into one year, but he was motivated to finish and graduate on time.

“I really want to go to University, and I let that be my driving factor to graduate on time,” said Michael. “I wanted to make the sacrifices to finish and don’t regret it for one second.”

With all this schoolwork, Michael still wanted to find time to enjoy himself and participate in extracurricular activities like most high school students.

“I joined marching band at Clear Lake and then the Brazoria Spartans rugby team in Alvin,” said Michael. “Rugby has a huge international community. Everyone has a different kind of respect for one another on the field. I know I have friends through this sport wherever I go.”

His work ethic and ability to adapt to new situations more than likely derives from Michael having to move multiple times across the world throughout his life.

“I was born in Jakarta, Indonesia and lived there for four years,” said Michael. “Everyone there is a hard worker, and I feel like I get most of my traits from living there and seeing my family carry those values throughout my life.”

He has also lived in Erlangen, Germany and Calgary in Alberta, Canada for the last ten years.

“I think it’s important to understand other people’s customs,” said Michael. “I feel like I have become very adaptable and found ways to fit in wherever I go since I have been exposed to many different cultures.”

Michael plans to put his strengths and determination to good use by pursuing a career in engineering and developing ways to improve on current technologies to make them more efficient.

“I would love to find a way to use my career to continue traveling the world and finding ways to help people,” said Michael.

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