I remember as a kid getting expelled from several different elementary schools. I would see about three or four different psychiatrists and psychologists a month. I was acting out because I had so much going on in my life and being do young with the ability to understand it all didn’t help. I would continuely fight and talk back to teachers, but I always made sure I was on top of all my school work; making it hard for them to hold me back or even understand why someone so smart would be acting out in the first place. My behavior and whole train of thought didn’t change until I made it to the sixth grade. I got tired of hearing my parents and teachers tell me I wasn’t going to amount to anything if I continued this behavior. I told myself that it was time for a change and time to show everyone just how much I know and understand. All three years of middle school I believe I only got in trouble twice and both times it was self defense, but the school took one look at my record and assumed it was my fault. I knew I needed to make a stand and get out of the “hood”(so to speak). I ended up applying to a Luis W. Fox Technical and Acedemic high school’s Law Magnet program because I always loved the idea of being an attorney and because it meant I could live anywhere and still attend. I moved out on my own sophomore year at the age of 15. I then got involved with the wrong crowd and unfortunately started using drugs. I started hearing it all over again; everyone saying how I wasn’t going to make it across the stage or I was going to drop out. I especially would hear It from my father; therefore, the day I relieved my invitations and letterman I went and showed him and handed him some for his family and I passed some out to my family as well… the fact that I (a troubled child/drug user) made it through against all odds serves as a reminder that I can endure anything I put my mind to. All we have to do is want it!!!