Operation Graduation Essay: I will be the first in my family to go to college (Phoenix)

Date: May 16, 2014

High School is important because it’s going to help me get the job I want in the future. It has taught me to never give up and that you have to work hard to get what you want. My experience at other high schools was not pleasant until I got to Ombudsman because I didn’t get the help I needed, I was behind on credits and I got expelled for behavior issues. I now feel like I can accomplish anything I put my mind to.

At the first high school I attended, I got expelled because of behavior issues. When I tried a different school second semester, it was the same; I didn’t behave and I never had good attendance. I finished my freshman year, but I didn’t earn any credits. My sophomore year I moved back to my first school and earned four and a half credits and it wasn’t enough to graduate on time. Then, I realized I only had two years to get 17 and a half credits. I heard about Ombudsman from a friend that had graduated a year earlier, so I went to enroll there. I figured Ombudsman was the best choice for someone who needs a second chance at getting their education.

Ombudsman is the best school I have ever been at because it has different sessions: morning, afternoon, and night session. The afternoon session fits perfectly for me so I can go to work after school and still get adequate sleep since I work until very late. My junior year, I got 10 credits and my senior year I got seven and a half. I really like Ombudsman because I can work at my own pace. I can immediately move on rather than wait for the whole class to finish.

My future plans are to go to Phoenix College and study physical therapy. I will be the first in my family to go to college. Physical therapy interests me because I can help people with health problems. I plan on working while attending college so I can pay for my classes. I don’t want to have to pay back student loans years after college. My teacher helped me apply for financial aide and I have already received confirmation for my Pell grant award!

Ombudsman has helped me get my credits when I was struggling at other schools. The teachers have been a lot of help with getting me through my classes. Thanks to Ombudsman, I’m graduating on time!

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