Operation Graduation 2013: Karsen Mitchell (Athens, Ala.)

Date: May 27, 2013

When I came to Ombudsman I had no clue what I was doing with my life. I was struggling to attend school, and I was giving up. I didn’t care to graduate, or have a better life for myself. I had quit, not just on school but on everything.

My principal at the time thought very highly of me, and wanted a better life for me. He called me to come back to school to meet with him. He wanted to try to encourage me to come back and finish. I didn’t agree on coming back, instead I came to Ombudsman. The whole entire world I called school was completely different in a way that I loved. Every time I would walk in it was quiet and the energy was focused. It was nothing like regular school at all.

The school work was a bit more challenging. Personally, I think it was more challenging due to the fact that you are almost on your own. You teach yourself. There are benefits to learning self-responsibility. Ombudsman has taught me to rely solely upon myself.  To wake myself up, drive myself to school, and do my work. Dealing with a job and going to school can be a lot to handle. Ombudsman helps with all of that.

All the knowledge I have gained and the diploma I will receive is all thanks to Ombudsman. Mainly I give thanks to the staff for being so patient and supporting. I plan to go on and join the United States Military. I honestly don’t know what would have happened to me had it not been for Ombudsman.

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