Huntington ENG 101
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Exploring My Horizon
About four years ago, I was sent away because I stopped attending public school. It was my first year of High school, and I was going through a lot of personal issues at home. Not to mention, I couldn’t understand any of the material that my teacher was teaching to the class. I felt like other kids were much smarter because they always asked questions, and seemed to understand more than I did. I had become very discouraged and insecure with myself, and my learning abilities. My mind was constantly in another place rather than paying attention to what was going on. I just couldn’t stay focused at all. I felt completely hopeless at times, so I finally stopped going to school all together. The court systems of Berkeley County obviously didn’t approve of such a young child not going to school for so many repetitive days, and sent me off to a boarding school, called The Board of Child Care, located in Spring Mills, West Virginia. I thought this was the worst possible thing that could have ever happened to me at the time, but fortunately, it turned out to be one of the greatest experiences of my life. I remained at the boarding school for almost two entire years and changed my entire life around educationally, mentally, and physically. At first, I resented everything and everyone. I didn’t know anyone, and I immediately felt alone and angry. I didn’t want to accept the fact that I had been taken out of my home, and placed somewhere new and unfamiliar. I didn’t pay attention in my classes at first, and I was negative about the entire situation. My attitude quickly changed though. I went from being down in the dumps and negative about everything, to smiling all the time, and actually enjoying and understanding things in life, things like learning, and why it was so important. I had always wanted to be successful, I just had some struggles and delays on the way. I had realized that nobody was...
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