Something in my life that I find to be significant is receiving over a million dollars in scholarships from various schools, being accepted to every school I applied to, as well as graduating from high school to be able to go to college and further my education. See in my family it is not too often that a male graduates from high school and goes to college especially with the accomplishments that I have done. Not only was I the first male in my family to graduate in the top 10% of my class, I was also the first to receive more than just a athletic or band scholarship in my family. Along with my plethora of band scholarships that I received I also received academic scholarships to go various schools and one in particular from Princeton University really caught my eye.
Doing these things started to pave a bright future for myself and the doors that opened for me. The scholarships I received as far as bands were from: Alabama State university, Alabama A&M University, Alcorn State University, Jackson State University, Tennessee State University, Mississippi Valley State University, Southern University, Texas Southern university, Winston-Salem State University, Grambling State University, Florida A&M, Bethune Cookman, South Carolina State, Howard, Hampton, Albany State, and University of Arkansas Pine Bluff. I received around $1,000,000 in band scholarships alone. I received academic scholarships that I received were from: Jackson State University, Princeton University, University of Kentucky, Savannah State University, Albany State University, and Florida A&M. I received around $500,000 from my academic scholarships. This is significant to me because I was told I was the first student at my high school to receive that much money in scholarships in 10 years.
Doing this was not easy for me though. I faced a lot of trials and tribulations throughout my high school especially my senior in high school. Dealing with my parents breaking up my mom turning her back on me and kicking me out and having to find a job and somewhere to live for the remainder of my senior year made it very tough on me. However, I did persevere. Doing that taught me independence and that the world does not stop when I am down. It also taught me that mommy and daddy will not always be there to save me and help me out. I honestly thank my mom for the experience because it really did help me in the long run.
Through all of this, I still went to school on time, did all of my work on time, went to work on time, payed my bills on time, made sure I was able to eat and do the things I wanted to do as well. I do not recommend for anyone to be on their own at 18 but it can teach a lot of life lessons. This was also significant in why I worked so hard to graduate and achieve the things that I did. I refused to be a statistic and end up in the system because my back was against the wall and did not know who or where to turn to. You see the quote “only the strong survive, and the weak fall by the waste side” is a living testament. That quote to me means the people who go out and do what they need to do to get the things they want and need will survive, while the people that wait for it to come or try to find alternates like stealing to get it will fall by the waste side.
In closing, the significance of my graduating and achieving all that I achieved towards graduating is the reason I do so well now in life. I may slack off a little bit because my body begins to get exhausted but I still push through and work to the best of my ability.