Operation Graduation 2012: Mercedes Grado (Glendale, Ariz.)

Date: July 18, 2012

Time has been flying since the month of April, where did it all go. I feel like the school year just begun. I have exactly twenty four days left of my senior year. All my hard work has finally paid off; I’ll be a 2012 graduate. I’m so glad I had the option of coming to Charter West. Why was ombudsman a choice, what qualities did they offer, and how did Choice Theory help me?

First, Ombudsman was never a choice for me. I remember always passing by the school, but it never came to mind to enroll. Ever since the day I dropped out of Deer Valley High School, I felt like a failure. I had this feeling that I let down all of my family. I always carried this with me, always having that what if? Some of my family would always bring me down by saying I was going to follow the foot steps of my mother. Meaning that because she dropped out of school to have my older brother when she was a teenager. Now to this day I am more then happy to tell all of ya’ll that didn’t have faith in me that ya’ll were all wrong, and I will be successful in my life! I’m more than glad to say I proved all of you wrong. If it weren’t for my loving boyfriend who enrolled me, I would of never even had this great experience.

Second, I loved how it was only four hours instead of eight. It was like a half day everyday. Also, what I really liked about Ombudsman is that it is work at your own pace. It’s a public school where you all have to work together and wait for the whole class before moving on to the next lesson. The teachers here, I absolutely love them. They don’t judge you or treat you any differently because of your ethnicity. They’re a huge help for me. In a public school I was the student that was to embarrassed to ask for any help. Here at Charter West, I don’t even hesitate; I have no shame to ask.

Finally, I’m more than happy to say that being at this school has guided me to a better person. Also, it made me realize what I want to do for the rest of my life. I want to be somebody in this world; I don’t want to be a low life. I’ve came a long way with the help of Ms. Jagger and Mr. Marcetti. After I graduate, I plan on going straight to college to be a phlebotomist. I would of never had that opportunity if I didn’t come back to school from dropping out. It was Choice Theory that lead me to my good decisions.

In conclusion, I’ve become the happiest young woman in the world all because I know I’m going to graduate in three weeks. I can’t explain the feeling I get thinking about graduation day. It’s like a kid in a candy store. I’m so proud of myself and the progress I’ve made. I’m glad my boyfriend enrolled me, more than happy for the four hour sessions, and Ombudsman has helped me decide on what my future is going to be. I want to thank all teachers for everything; I appreciate it so much and all you have done for me. If it weren’t for you guys I wouldn’t be graduating the first of June. “Charter West is the Best!”


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