Operation Graduation 2011 Essay: Vanisha Johnson (Cincinnati)

Date: June 13, 2011

Hi, my name is Vanisha Johnson. I am 18 years old, and I go to two schools. I attend Mt. Healthy High School from 8:30am till 9:20am every day, and then I attend Ombudsman from 10:15am till 1:15pm every day. This is my senior year, and it took a lot of courage and confidence for me to pass.  There were some days I didn’t feel like getting out of bed, but I had to think about it, like “do I really have to go.” It is hard to attend two schools, and at first it was confusing and really threw me off, but I knew getting up every day and getting to school on time was going to pay off.

What made it difficult for me was that two schools means two forms of transportation. At first, I had to ride the school bus to the high school, but then turn around and ride public transportation for over an hour to get to Ombudsman. That was not working for me, so I got a car since I have my license and insurance, but it broke down on me. Now, I work it out the best way I can by asking for help from either friends, or my grandfather, or the bus. Whatever it takes I make it happen in order to get to school, and get there on time.

This is my last year so I don’t have time to miss days and just sit or lie around the house and complain about it. My mother always told me “you have to walk by faith and not by sight.” She always told me to do it right the first time and you won’t have to do it again. I think that it’s true because I know in my heart it’s the right thing to do. I know I had to do the right thing and go the right path which is the right way to succeed and to be successful.

All I had to do was to be on time to both schools, do my work, and make sure I was clear on what I was doing. If I didn’t know what to do, I would ask for help. I knew this was important in order to turn in all my assignments when they were due. I like school because I want more knowledge. I have plenty of knowledge, but I want to learn more.

Here at Ombudsman I learned a lot from Mrs. Hornback and Mr. Glass. They helped me a whole lot in life and in my education, especially in Math and Science. Math and Science were the two subjects that I just couldn’t get, but they helped me. Mrs. Hornback helped me all the times I needed her in Math, and whatever else I didn’t understand. Mr. Glass helped me in Science, and he was always there when I needed it.

I am very thankful for this opportunity because they could have turned me down and I wouldn’t have been here. I am here and I’m happy I came here, and I like it too. It wasn’t easy as I thought it was going to be, but I tried my best to do right and follow all their rules.

Not only do I like the teachers here, the students are cool too. I think the students and teachers are fun to be around. At a point of time I was kind of thinking I wasn’t going to make it because I am very talkative and the program is only three hours on the computer, or you work on worksheets. There were no cell phones, no music, and no talking. At first it was hard, but after a while I went with the flow of it all. I just came to school, turned off my phone, and sat down to do my work, and the time seemed to fly by so fast.

I couldn’t wait till this year was over, and now it’s almost over. I know that I tried my best to come to school every day on time, ready to work and learn. That’s all I want to do is learn more, succeed, and to be successful in life. When you are doing your work, you know what you are doing, and you have a positive people around you, you feel welcome. And if you need help the teachers will help you. You feel love and you feel comfortable. That all makes you want to be here, do the work, and graduate.

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