Thinking was what had brought me here in the first place; me and my big ideas. Somehow, a little thought had gotten caught between my ears, and bounced around furiously, demanding attention, until no corner of my mind was unaffected. I wanted to graduate early from high school. Of course there was a small snag; my alma mater did not allow it. Fortunately, my young, teenage mind had no room to fit obstacles, as well as dreams.
Distracted by the romanticized notions raised from aspirations, I started constructing my argument. I had done my research to prepare for this moment, when I would officially ask permission from the school. I spoke to the guidance counselor and got her input. I communicated with online educational institutions to inquire about their classes. I even talked to a university to get their opinion. Most importantly, I had assessed myself, and I knew I could do it. There was nothing a little determination couldn’t solve; at least, that was what I believed. There was no reason for the principal to say no and I was sure of that: absolutely none.
Well, there was possibly one reason.
I needed to be seen as a professional, and taken seriously, rather than being dismissed as a naive student. Outside this office I felt confident in my abilities, however, in th...
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...my independence and I pursue the things I’m passionate about regardless of their popularity, unconventionality, or difficulty. Foraging my own path is no longer a daunting prospect, because I have discovered that, more often than not, a lack of certainty translates to possibility. Pursing the aforesaid possibility, unaware of limits, has lead me to become more aware of my own potential. Today, I have accomplished even more than I imagined the day I set foot in the principal’s office, gaining experience in unexpected places as I worked to determine the role I wanted to play in the future. Now, I am a happy student at the top of my class, headed for an Ivy League school, a notion I would’ve laughed at not so long ago. Moreover, the beliefs I established due my meeting with the principal will continue to embolden and empower me as I move through my education and career.
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