It’s important for me to graduate high school because I will have better opportunities with a diploma. I can get better jobs that pay more than the jobs you get without a diploma. The military also requires a high school diploma, and I have that as a goal for my future for training and education. To reach my goal, what I have to do is pass all of my classes and study hard for the Regents exams I need to take, and also for the ASVAB (the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery).

Another reason why I want to graduate so badly is because I want to show my family that I can do it; I want to say “if you can do it, I can do it, too.” I want to follow the members of my family who have gone to college in their success even if I do something other than college.

Well I work at a community center. In the center they offer after-school classes for special needs kids (and other kids of course).  One of the things that I enjoy about my job is that I’ve found that working with those kids really made me understand how they feel sometimes, and it’s really meaningful because my little brother has a learning disability and doing this make me understand how my brother feels when he doesn’t understand the work from school. At the center there’s this boy whose name is Alaija who really loves me. Every time he sees me he smiles and asks me when I am coming back to see him and to help him with his homework.

My little brother’s disability has made me change my behavior. Before I knew that my brother had a lability I used to make fun of him without knowing that he had that type of disability. Another thing that I was really annoyed by was the way he used to get treated in school. One of the teachers used to say that “he’s coming to school for no reason.” When she said that I got really mad because regardless of the situation that my brother was going through, that teacher did not have the right to say that to my brother. There was this one teacher who noticed that my brother had a disability and she called my grandma at that time and she recommended him for a school that is good for kids with learning disabilities. Now he’s doing way better and he’s learning much more. Another thing I’m happy about is that he knows how to read now.

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October 10, 2018 6:02 pm

Your post was very touching. I grew up with a cousin who had autism, and it was hard at times. But once I learned to accept her as she was, everything changed. Your understanding and caring for your brother and those you tutor were evident in your writing. Your strong connection will allow others to understand the importance of understanding and accepting people different from ourselves.

October 10, 2018 2:57 pm

This a really interesting piece of writing. Your ideas are really interesting, and your empathy shines through your writing. I have interacted with people that have disabilities at my school, and I always try to be as kind as possible. Your writing will allow me to have greater empathy for these people.

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