When I was younger growing up, I thought I was going to have a wonderful life. I dreamed I could be the best basketball player in the world but let me tell you, with my attitude and often getting in trouble all the time it really wasn't looking good for me. So this is my story now and where I'm headed in the future.
I was born in Madison, WI. I'm the youngest out of the bunch. I have an older sister and brother. My sister is 26 and my brother is 19. When I was growing up they picked on me but it made me tougher and it was only that way when I was younger. When I got a little older, they tried to help me stay on track but I was hard headed and didn't listen.
My home elementary school was John Muir and the time I spent there I didn't mind going to school. I just didn't pay attention a lot in class like I did at recess. At recess, I played a lot of football and basketball because I was good at it. I made a lot of friends doing it. Middle school was a mix of good and bad. The good part about middle school was the club sports and I was really good at what I did. Plus, I got a lot of attention from it. At the same time in school, I was getting into fights and that caused me to get expelled. I spent my 7th grade year in an alternative school and I came back in 8th Grade.
8th grade I had a pretty good year. I didn't really get in trouble like that in 8th grade. I just did what I had to do to move on to the next grade. But I didn't even make it to school for 9th grade. I got locked up and I was going to school in jail. I was in jail from 9th to 11th grade, where I completed 15 credits towards graduation. 12th grade, I started Operation Fresh Start.
Now I would like to talk about the most influential person in my life, my grandpa. The person who influenced me was my grandpa, Johnny Harden. First, he always came to my basketball games. Sometimes he was hard on me for the stupid things I have done in my life time, but he was always there for me ten toes behind everything, and he's like that with all his grandkids.
Next I'd like to talk about the experience that changed my life. I broke the law and ended up in jail at Lincoln Hills. They had school for all of us that were there. I finally decided to pay attention and did a lot of my work. I learned how to stay to myself and I learned that jail wasn't for me. Now I work hard to stay out of trouble and stay focused.
Finally, I'd like to talk about my goals for the future. I'm glad to have found OFS. My goals here are to get my diploma and to keep doing a good job in conservation. My supervisor likes what I'm doing and supports me. OFS will help me reach my goals and get a job that will support me and my family in the future.
In summary, I told you about my life through 12th grade and about my influential person is in my life. I also told you about the experiences in my life that changed the course of my life. OFS will help me get my diploma and that will help me find a career in the future. I'm glad I found OFS and I plan to work hard to meet my goals here. That will prepare me for my career in the future.