"God, youâ€™re just like your brother!", "Keep it up and you're going to end up like Erica." Two sentences my mom would tell me almost every day. Now Iâ€™m getting told good job on my honor roll or "I canâ€™t wait to see what the future holds for my baby boy."
Since I can remember, my big brother was a role model for me, when he went and ran the streets I wanted to be right by his side, when he talked back to my mom, I said everything he said too. I loved my big brother and I wanted to be just like him, but little did I know I was following failure. By the time I finished Jr. High I was heading down the same path as my older brother who had just happened to be in jail at the time. I didnâ€™t really know what I was getting myself into, but I didnâ€™t really care. Then came freshmen year, I was the person who was at every party, who had all the nicest things and knew all of the ...view middle of the document...
" She told me. I didnâ€™t know why she really cared until I went into my sophomore year and my brother got out of jail. You would think that after being away for a while you wouldnâ€™t want to run the streets but I guess we have to different ways of thinking, because one month later he was in again. I saw all of this happening and then what my cousin Erica said to me made since, I had to change in order to pass through what was happening in my family. I didnâ€™t want a child before I could finish my own childhood, and I most definitely didnâ€™t want to end up in a jail cell doing nothing with my life. So I put two and two together, I love people and I love traveling, so I knew that whatever I wanted to do with my life it was going to involve traveling and meeting different people and with a little bit of studying I knew I wanted to go to college for international business.
When I realized that I needed to change things in my life, it was a big deal for me. I was the kid who never did his homework and never did what he was supposed to, now Iâ€™m the kid who has to turn in everything and gets mad at himself when itâ€™s late. I love the feeling I get when I look at my grades and I see Iâ€™m on the honor roll, it makes me feel like Iâ€™m somebody who has a future. There are lots of other activities that I participate in that the old me wouldnâ€™t have tried. My freshmen year I would have never been on the math team, but not only am I on the math team now, Iâ€™m also a member of mock trial and I am on the science team. Iâ€™ve taken time out to even help my health teacher with her own club, the Shaper Club. I know now that the only way to keep it going is to go to college and graduate with not a bachelors but a masters in international business, with this degree I will do my best to have a very great career and a happy life, I will not stop until I reach the top.
With a simple conversation with my cousin I knew my life had to change. I refuse to be that kid who failed at life, I refuse to be the kid who followed his family's mistakes. I will be the guy who made it, who did it, and who reached it.