I have been living in E. Saint Louis on one of the busiest streets, State Street. Most people say it is a bad place to live but I don’t think that at all. I believe it’s what you make it and how you are raised. The way my grandmother raised me, I was different than most of the kids in my neighborhood. I lead by the example “don’t mess around with any followers.” I always told myself that I would go to school, be a man, and sign up for college. My grandmother would say, “Don’t be a fool, be a man. What you think that knowledge for?” Before I reached high school, I listened her. During my middle school years, I was an honor student. That’s how I know I could have done better in high school if I would have focused harder and had less distractions.
When I was 16, I started my first year of high school attending Bel...
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... and I felt like I needed a break from those around me who weren’t trying to better themselves.
I grew up in my granny’s house with a host of male cousins and uncles. They were like my mom, brothers, and dads respectively. My granny’s home was supposed to be my way out of a home that was stuck in a drug zone. The schools were better in her neighborhood and I took advantage of that until I reached high school. Once I got to high school, I started to see the results of some of my poor choices in friends and behavior. I was skipping class and fighting. Though I was smart, I wasn’t taking responsibility for my education. I was into getting money sometimes without thinking about the consequences of going about it the wrong way. I almost ended up in jail but God gave me another chance. Now, I’m at Job Corps intent on getting my high school diploma and trade credentials.
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