You’re capable of more than you think you are. Fight a little longer and a little harder.
My family moved to the United States when I was a year old. We later moved back to Mexico for almost two years. When we returned to America, I was over 18. I enrolled in an adult high school but didn’t get my diploma. One day I was at work shoveling snow. I felt like I would never finish. It was a slap in the face saying, "If you don’t get an education, you’re going to be doing this when you’re old." I thought, "Forget it — I’m not doing this for the rest of my life!" So I went all-out and got my diploma in three months!
I heard about the Community Education Center from my mother, who talked about how the people there were helping her. I set up an appointment with Navigation Services and was able to get financial aid, set an appointment with a counselor and enroll for classes. There have been many challenges. I have a hard time talking to strangers and struggle to find my words because I get nervous, but I made a goal to participate in class discussions and go out of my way to talk to other people.
Before going to the CEC, I didn’t want to start because I didn’t know how. If you don’t know how to start, just ask! The people at the CEC will work with you one-on-one. You’re capable of more than you think you are. Have a little faith. Fight a little longer and a little harder. You’re going to get knocked down — that’s normal. You’ll get the hang of it. If you try hard enough, anything is possible.