Operation Graduation 2013: Sabian Miller (Peoria, Ariz.)

Date: May 21, 2013

I feel I will be walking away from graduation with more than just a high school education. I feel this way because of my unique experience and new found outlook I have gained from attending the last semester of my senior year at Ombudsman. To most, Ombudsman may seem to be just another alternative high school for those who need a second chance, but to me it’s much more than that. First of all, in my opinion it has much more to offer than any public school and I find that to be ironic because in the beginning I really didn’t want to be there. Now I will be walking away with a great sense of preparation for success along with an education. Without my experience at Ombudsman I would not feel this way about graduating and it is very simple to explain why that is.

It wasn’t until January of 2013 that I realized what three and a half years of public high school had done to the way I think. At public school choices aren’t made by you, they’re made for you, and before attending Ombudsman I was unaware and content with that. Other than a semester’s worth of British literature, Government, Applied math, and Algebra II, what my short experience at Ombudsman has taught me is the powerful affect choice can have on the value of someone’s education and attitude. For once in my life my attitude about applying myself to schoolwork isn’t completely reluctant and I think that is solely because I choose what, when, and how to learn what I need in order to achieve the grades I desire and ultimately complete the milestone that is graduation.

I didn’t always think so highly of Ombudsman, in fact I actually felt the opposite way at first. During my first two weeks at Ombudsman I thought I had made the worst mistake of my entire high school career. Thinking to myself, “this isn’t a real education” and “I’m wasting my time at this place” I sat there for four hours a day, five days a week, barely completing any assignments and hardly talking to anyone. Slowly I started to realize what kind of opportunity I had, that opportunity being the freedom to learn how I want at my own pace. After fully coming to that realization I was getting at least five assignments done each day drastically improving my attitude thus resulting in some awesome new friendships with the other students in my session. It only took about a month for my attitude about attending Ombudsman to go from completely pessimistic to genuinely enthusiastic.

High school is supposed to prepare you for the real world, but what is the “real world?” Most would say it’s living on your own, having a job, starting a family, and plenty of other responsibilities similar to those that most adults take on in the years following high school completion. For the most part that basically describes what the real world consist of, so how does graduating high school prepare us for all of that? In high school we choose failure, mediocracy, or success, and in life we must make the same decision. That is why attending Ombudsman for the last semester of my high school career will play a major role on how I think for the rest of my life because it helped me realize that if I want to succeed in life, I must choose to.

Ombudsman has help me succeed in more ways than just graduation. I hope to move on to even more opportunities that affect my life as much as Ombudsman did. I consider myself lucky to have attended a school that inspired so much personal growth. Thank you Ombudsman!

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