Each individual is very different from one another. This makes experiences and obstacles different for each student. Academics was never the problem for me. While English was my toughest subject I was still able to complete the work to make satisfactory requirements. However, I did struggle with my health. Since the age of thirteen I have dealt with reoccurring kidney stones and infections. Due to my illness, I missed several days of school and was bullied for being different. Because my illness was not visible many students did not understand and assumed I was lying to gain attention. In addition, in the beginning of my senior year of high school I discovered that I was pregnant. This only made my health concerns worse and I developed several new ones. I needed to be induced at only 32 weeks gestation due to severe preeclampsia and HELLP syndrome. To add to my long list of complications, this happened in the middle of my spring semester. Even though, I had a rough senior year I was able to still pass my classes and graduate on time. Through all of this, I still tried to stay connected to my education.
I did my best to attend my classes and complete my work on time. It was not easy but I managed. I even tried to continue working as a waitress at a local bar. It was difficult to stay on my feet for long periods of time but I certainly needed the money to be able to provide for my son. Unfortunately, I did have to end volunteering at my local hospital. As much as I enjoyed what I accomplished there it became too hard to continue classes, working, and volunteering through my difficult pregnancy and stressful last year of high school. Through all of this I tried very hard to remain positive and focus on accomplishing my goals.
I am very grateful to have completed high school all while being only two classes away from my associate's degree. Looking back, joining Gateway to College was the best decision I have ever made. However, I do not plan to stop here. My goal is to gain my associates degree in Liberal Arts and Sciences then transfer to a four year institution to further my education as a pre-medical major. As this career path will then require graduate school.
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