Young and Emboldened Toward My Future

Young and Emboldened Toward My Future
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The People I’ve Met Helped Me to Pave My Way

The events that had followed my first hospitalization led me to believe a lot of my achievements were blocked by my own fear of life. I imagined myself being successful at one point, yet that vision of success held no substance. I had to create a direction in which I justified my own success in this lifetime.

For well over five years, I consistently faced droughts in planning for my goals. I did not have the intention to succeed. I had only known that I wanted to complete my education, but the stagnancy and avoidance of school created a standstill in my reality. I sincerely felt that I was too smart to be stuck in high school and that was the message I had stuck with. I lost hope at once regarding careers. I reached the stage of stagnancy in high school, and released all hopes that I had for my future. All advice I received indicated that when applying myself I would need to “be more realistic.”

Many of my dreams have come to fruition and many are still in progress. At fourteen-years-old, I wanted to become a writer. I felt like sharing parts of me with others in a motivational and inspiring way. Today, at nineteen-years-old, I have successfully written two informational and motivational articles for City Voices that have paved my way toward that goal.

During the fall season of 2019, I began furthering my education and attended my first semester of college. I remember speaking to someone at the work study office about a job. I handed her my student resume with a 2.6 in my GPA section. She explained to me that I wasn’t supposed to do that because I hadn’t received my actual GPA yet and questioned why I placed my GPA so low. She explained that I had shown intellect throughout our conversation and that I carried myself well. I feared that maybe I wasn’t as smart as I assumed.

Towards the end of the semester, I received a 3.87 GPA and a nomination to join the NSLS (National Honors Society)! I made my mother proud and became an influence to my younger siblings as well as expressed my accomplishments and growth with the general public.

As I am still progressing as an individual and pursuing my talents and abilities, I have seen my growth as a public speaker. I love communicating and having the spotlight. I noticed a decline in communication and attention-seeking during my freshman year of high school. My communications class in college opened the door for me to ultimately get my groove back. Now, I eagerly step up to podiums to speak. I had been offered to speak to elementary school students about furthering their education and the importance of establishing goals for their futures.

I hope to do more public speaking and sharing of my stories while furthering my education toward a career. Although, I have not settled down with my career path as yet, I aspire to be either a lawyer or an obstetrician/gynecologist. I keep faith in my God and He has blessed me. Gratitude opens doors for new life to make its way to the receiver.

Pullout: “At fourteen-years-old…I felt like sharing parts of me with others in a motivational and inspiring way. Today, at nineteen-years-old, I have successfully written two informational and motivational articles for City Voices that have paved my way toward that goal.”

R. Penelope

R. Penelope

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