« on: May 07, 2006, 07:49:34 AM »
I'm sitting in my office at home, getting ready to go to my graduation ceremony in a few hours. This marks the end of a very long journey for me. As such, I've found myself reflecting on the last two years and thought I would share my story with all of you. If some of you are down, take heart from my story because it shows that anyone can achieve their dreams, if they work hard enough and are willing to risk repeated failure.
I started college in 1992. I grew up in Southern New Jersey and went to school at a small, Methodist college in Upstate Pennsylvania. In High School, I was able to get decent enough grades without much of an effort. Unfortunately, because of this, I did not possess the study skills necessary to succeed in college and, thus, I flunked out of college after two years.
After flunking out of college, I joined the Navy and spent the next seven years and change growing up. While serving my country, I learned discipline, responsibility and honed my work ethic. After the Navy, I came home to South Jersey and, eventually began work as a Corrections Officer at the County Jail. My department required all of its supervisors (SGT and above) to have 4 year degrees, so I went back to college to complete my degree. During this time, I started getting really good grades (I've been on Dean's List every semester since returning).
Now, I sit about three hours from walking the aisle to receive my Bachelor's Degree.
My point is this...You are going to get told a lot in life about what you cannot do. You're not good enough, you're not smart or attractive enough, etc. I'm here to ask that you not listen to these people. I am living proof that the only person who can hold you back is you. If you want it bad enough, you can achieve your dreams. After all, there is no way I should be graduating today, let alone beginning law school in August. Believe in yourself and your abilities. You are all bright, intelligent people. Treat each other with kindness and respect and respect yourself enough to try your best. If you do, I promise you will succeed.
To all the graduates this year...Congratulations. Cherish this moment as this is a very significant achievement. To all those beginning the 06-07 application cycle...good luck on the LSATs and with your applications. Don't forget to apply to a few reaches and let yourself daydream about actually going to your dream school...Its what makes the cycle fun. Lastly, Don't listen to the people on this board, or in life, that try to tell you that your LSAT score reflects how valuable you are as a person. When you die or leave a specific situation, no one will give a damn what your score was on some test. They will, however, remember what kind of worker you were, how good you were to people and what you did for others.
Keep your chin up, keep punching and have an awesome summer/year.
Good Luck and God Bless