School was hard for me, I was bullied and only had 3 really good friends and a handful of okay friends in elementary school, but in middle school I had no really good friends and a handful of decent friends.
When I entered Stanbridge, I was relieved because kids used to make fun of me because I’m ‘special’ but at Stanbridge everyone is ‘special’ so no one made fun of me for being ‘special’. This created a safe haven for me to be me. I no longer overheard girls gossiping about me in the bathrooms, and I wasn’t the last one picked for teams or groups anymore.
Something that was really special to me was when I won the video competition at EdRev last year. I started video editing in 2012 as a hobby and I never thought I would do anything big with it. I didn’t know I was capable of making something worthy of a first place award in a competition that large. It was a big confidence booster knowing that I can make things that other people really like.
Another accomplishment of mine that I cherish is my ability for people to trust me. As someone with a difficult time giving my trust to others, I am extremely honored when someone gives me theirs. Being chosen to do something whether it be big like being class rep two years in a row, or small like moving cookies from the kitchen to the U is honorable because it means someone trust me, a girl who sometimes can’t even trust herself, to do something, and do it correctly.
Now that I’m leaving Stanbridge I am very excited to attend San Francisco state university this fall. I am confident that I have the skills to succeed in school and then later in the work force. I have to thank my parents for pushing me to do my best, my sisters for helping me educationally, mentally, and physically, my teachers for giving me the tools I need, and my friends for supporting me in all kinds of different ways.
Life is extremely unpredictable. No matter how hard you try to predict it, something will happen that you didn’t plan for. A major part of life is figuring out “where do I go from here” when you get knocked off course. Come this fall, I will turn 18 and be considered an adult which means I’ll have a lot less assistance when I get knocked off course, but I’m prepared to take whatever life throws at me and make the best out of it. I know that Nothing and Nobody is perfect and all I can do is try my best. I know life doesn’t stop for anything and that I’ll need to keep up. I know that they are going to be times when I’ve had too much, I just can’t take it, I’m scared or I feel like crying, but I know those times won’t be often and they won’t last forever. I know that life’s hard and I’m going to make mistakes but I’m okay with that. I am a prepared, confident, intelligent young woman ready to take on the journey known as life.