"I still see the same people on the corner that were there when I was eleven years old. It’s tough to evolve when your surroundings never change. So I wasn’t sure that I could be the one to make it out. The first time I took the GED, I failed. But for two months after that, I did practice tests everyday. And my aunt is a teacher, so when she was finished grading her papers, she’d help me break down all the problems that I couldn’t figure out. And there were a lot of people in my corner. My mom encouraged me, and my sister, and my grandmother. Then the second time I passed. It felt so good to see something in yourself, and then to see it come true."
It only takes a few people that really care to help someone believe in themselves. it’s a lesson I am happy to say I learn over and over..
"I got the Peacekeeper Award in class."
"How did you get that?"
"Well first I had to be chosen as the Peacekeeper. Then, if two people are having an argument, me and my other friend go up to them and try to fix the problem. Then if we can’t fix the problem, we go and tell Ms. Jamie."