Education is the Key to SuccessThe disadvantage of not completing high school is missing the prom, senior day, and graduation. Looking back, as a teenager my judgment was idle toward negativity and peer pressure. I struggled throughout the years without my high school diploma. To pursue higher education, my high school diploma was a necessity. In order to achieve a successful career, education is vital towards my career goals.
TransitionAt age 14, my parents moved to a low-income apartment building on the west side of Stamford. I believe this was the worst decision that my parents had made for us. The transition of living in a suburban area in Stamford, moving to the projects was fearful to me. I was the new girl on the block. The girls in this area smoked cigarettes in the hallways, skipped school, shoplifted, and had boyfriends. I attempt to stay away from the girls, due to their negative behaviors.
As time went by, I was lonely staying in the house after school. As a result, I frequently invited the girls to my house after school to play. Suddenly, I was sneaking in the staircase with the girls smoking cigarettes, skipping school, shoplifting, and I had my first boyfriend. As time progressed, I had a bad attitude towards school and my parents. I dropped out of school at age 16; ran away from home with my boyfriend, became pregnant at age 17. This was a turning point in my life because I had to grow up quickly and become mother.
EmploymentAfter giving birth to my son, I applied for an overnight stock position for Kohl's. On the job application, it asked, "do you have a high school diploma?" I checked yes. Kohl's hired me for the night position. I adapted to the late hours, and...