Many years ago I remember my parents telling me that in order for me to become successful a college education was a must. They always told me that if I wasn’t in school I could no longer live at home. Both of my parents attended college but neither of them finished. They did not want me to go down that same road because they really regret not getting their degrees. My grades in elementary school were poor because I had trouble paying attention to things that were not challenging.
Coming from a small town where farming and working right after high school is what everyone decides to do, I decided to further my education by going to college. College to some people isn’t even an option, most kids would follow up their families and go work for them or start helping out around their farms or in the family business. Not wanting to be stuck in my hometown for my young years or working right after school I started looking at colleges to get out and go do bigger and better things. Inspiring me to leave my town and go off to college was my parents but most importantly my sister, who was already in college and the first of my family to do so. While looking at colleges to attend I found a good paying job doing construction during
Throughout my high school years they always told me that I needed to go to college so I wouldn’t have to go through what they did. At first I was hard headed to listen to them but after talking to other family members about their college experiences and what it did for them I started to understand the
If you were to have asked me my senior year in high school what were my plans after graduation, I would have told you in detail what my plans were. I was planning on attending college starting my own daycare and settling down. Well things didn’t go as planned in fact they took a whole different path. After graduating high school, I was planning on attending college but because of personal and financial issues I was not able to. I decided that I was going to take two years off and work and then attend college.
I knew about the move ever since the summer, so since then I got in contact with the IB coordinator from La Quinta High School. She told me that, of course I could take IB courses, however, I would not be able to receive either a certificate or a diploma. I was at La Quinta for a week, until I realized that I had thrown away a stressful year of IB. I convinced my parents that I had to return to San Jacinto so I could finish what I had started. This impacted my grades to decrease, and I had to make up all the work I missed on.
Up until this past weekend I was all for leaving my life at Cedar Park behind to go to a new exciting school where I knew no one but my brother. It had been a dream of mine since sophomore year, I wanted to leave people behind and learn how to find myself in a new place and be able to play sports since I had chosen band my freshman year and was stuck with it for all of high school. I had been so ready to drop everything behind, but with everything going my way lately in my social and academic life at Cedar Park, I had no idea how I could part with my fellow Timberwolves. I told my mom that I had no idea what I wanted to do anymore for next year. She responded with an ultimatum, I had two days to decide or she would decide for me.
Fresh out of high school, my parents afforded me the opportunity to get a college education. Unfortunately I did not apply myself. I was not focused due to my immaturity and lack of wisdom. Today I am much older and wiser with 27 wonderful years of marriage, two beautiful daughters and 21 years of military service (Army retired), I have decided to go back and get that college education. I knew financially we couldn’t afford for me to go back to school because our oldest daughter was graduating this year from college to include our youngest daughter who would be graduating from high school and pursing college too.
I thought everything I had was where I had been for years, but I was wrong. If you go into something new with a good attitude and know that there is always something else out there, then it works out for the best. Moving to Reno, Nevada from Glendale, Arizona defines me and is significant to my life because it made me grow as a person and it made me who I am today. In the middle of junior year, my parents told me that we were moving to Reno for my dad’s new job. I said, “Okay, I will be living with Andri then, so I can graduate from Mountain Ridge?” Boy was I wrong.
Now just for a second I want you to sit back, relax, and enjoy my journey of becoming Student Body President. Although it was not an easy task it was quite interesting. So, let’s go back about three years (my freshman year that is)! Not being able to decide which high school to go to was one of my biggest challenges I’ve ever faced. Most of my friends were going to a local high school by the name of Lake Charles Boston High, which was our feeder school (a school that supported a school of lower education in hopes that they would choose them as the next level of education).
In the reading “Who Goes to College” written by Cecilia Rodriguez Milanes I was able to see myself in her situation. When she was a senior she had no idea what she was going to do her following year, all she knew was that her parents wanted her to attend college. She always wanted to work, she liked being able to provide for herself but her parents always told her that college would come first. She had no clue of how college worked, what classes she would take or what she would do there. After all the confusion she had of what college truly is, she began to love it.