Operation Graduation 2013: Lorie Alford (DeKalb, Ill.)

Date: May 31, 2013

Let me start off saying high school wasn’t what I thought it was going to be. I came into high school slacking, not doing my homework, not really focused on class, not knowing that high school time flies by really quickly. I found out by my sophomore year this was not a game and that it was going to be kind of hard. So as the quarters went on and quarters turned into semesters, my grades were still low and I saw they weren’t getting any higher. That’s when my counselor suggested that I come to Ombudsman.

I will say when she started talking to me about Ombudsman what caught my attention was that I would only be in class for three hours and work on the computer for the whole time. I was excited and ready to transfer to Ombudsman. When I arrived here at Ombudsman I promised myself I would do whatever I had to do to graduate. I can’t say that it was easy because now I have so much on my plate and I have to work as hard as I can to graduate. But with help from my three teachers – they always pushed me to work hard – I came into Ombudsman with a positive mindset.

There was never a day that I said I didn’t feel like going to school. I actually liked coming in to Ombudsman every morning. My teachers always stayed positive with their students. They take their time to help each and every one of their students personally. I know it was hard at times but I appreciate them because whatever help I needed they were right there. I owe it all to them. They made me want to work. They made me want to succeed.

With that being said, I am a 2013 graduate. I’m going to miss coming to Ombudsman every morning but I promise I will never forget anything they have taught me. I will take what my teachers taught me and achieve my goals in the future.

Photo Credit: The Keep Calm-O-Matic


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