From a young age, I felt I had a calling to serve America and its citizens in some way. I always wanted to find my place in life and like a puzzle piece, I knew when I was in the right place it would just fit. I used to have a decent job at a gas pipeline, but after thinking about it I finally gathered enough courage to quit that job and chase my inner calling to serve.
Every year I always make a checklist for myself, focusing on what I want to accomplish academically, socially, and athletically that year. I believe it has helped me to focus on what is important and what things take priority in my life. Sadly, I have realized in recent weeks that my academics took precedence over a lot of other options in high school. Therefore, my advice to high school students regardless of their grade is to find a balance between fun and seriousness in their lives in order to get the most enjoyment and the best education out of their high school years.
Sometimes decisions don’t make sense when you try to explain them to other people, but that doesn’t necessarily mean they’re wrong.
All along, my post-secondary plan was to head straight to college after I graduated.
Algunas veces las decisiones no tienen sentido cuando tratas de explicarlas a otras personas, pero eso no quiere decir que sean incorrectas.
Lesson Plan Guide: Advice from the Real Story
Candid, peer-to-peer lessons about life after high school from a college freshman
On May 1, 2013, I made the single most difficult academic decision possible as a teenager.
Mi plan era ir directo a la universidad después de graduarme.