I chose this route because I consider my senior year to be a gap year while I completed my high school diploma. Having a flexible schedule afforded me the chance to be an active member of Students for Liberty, and an intern for both Congressman Graves and Congressman Fleischmann. Another result of having more time is getting to attend conferences. In October I got to attend the Students for Liberty Regional conference at Emory; in November I was able to attend a Mises conference; and in February I was able to travel to DC to attend the Young Americans for Freedom Conference. Being able to have attended these conferences and learn from renowned professors was not only worth the sacrifice of the standard senior year, but probably was one of the best decisions of my life.
Senior year of high school was not easy at all though, despite what the conferences and internships might lead an onlooker to believe. Taking an alternative route to graduation was just a small piece in the giant puzzle that I d...
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...events freshmen year has been very hard, but my determination and drive to succeed is stronger. I will not abandon my education for lack of resources. Instead I will continue to search for opportunities to continue my mathematics degree.
The move from Georgia to Texas and then back to Georgia has not been easy. I have learned along the way that the person I am now is far more than the circumstances I was exposed to and that I am Tilea West because of how I responded to the adversity and not because I have faced adversity because everyone faces adversity. The young woman I am today is the result of an insatiable passion for learning as well as my resilient nature in times of great hardship. I am no longer the homeless high school senior or the victim of dating abuse or even a victim of stalking. I am a student. I am ready to continue my education at Emory University.
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