Graduation Speech : My Laptop And Walked Away Essay

Graduation Speech : My Laptop And Walked Away Essay

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During school I was known as the smart one, the one that would accomplish great things but the knowledge of not being able to attend college made me doubt myself. I knew that no matter how much my parents and I worked there would always be more bills to pay and my dream to get to college slowly disappeared. I graduated high school the summer of 2013 and decided to start working full-time. My parents kept pushing me to look for scholarships or any opportunity that could help me further my education. Last summer while finally have heard enough I opened my laptop and typed into Google “Opportunities for higher education” and stumbled upon a Chicago newspaper.

The funny thing is that I had an interview for a retail job that day and instead of reading the article I closed my laptop and walked away. I found the article about 3 weeks later buried under other tabs I had open at the time. I read about a program that would give it’s students free college credits, real life experience through a 6 month internship and all this would be accomplished in one Year, hence the name Year Up. I’m going to be honest; in my mind I was very hesitant. One part of my mind was thinking how you hear about how people scam young adult all the time, but the other part was thinking “How amazing would it be if there was a program like this here!”. And like any curious creature I looked up if they had other sites and it seems that fate was on my side.

I sent in my interest form ad waited very nervously. Deidra called me several times while I was working and I finally decided to check my voicemail since an unknown number kept calling me and leaving me voicemails. Deidra told me that I had missed the September Cohort deadline and a new cohort would start in Marc...


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...ence of 320+ people, I can say without a doubt this speech will be another proud accomplishment for me.

My plans for the future include continue to work in a role that really helps me enhance my skills while being a valuable team player. I hope to continue my education and also help future Year Up students.

I’d like to thank my Advisor Al, you gave me heart attack when you asked for my name the first day of orientation making me think I had done something wrong, turns out you’re the best advisor I could have asked for. Thank you to Lisa for believing in me. Thank you to my instructors and my program manager; it’s been a pleasure. A special thank you to Deidra, without your approval I would not have made it past round one. And another special thanks to Patricia Naber, thank you, you were also my ticket in. Thank you Cohort 19 and thank you Year up it been an honor.

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