I have done some smart things in my life, but I’m going to tell you about something I did recently that wasn’t so smart.
I had gotten really far behind on homework, and I was feeling that, since I didn’t want to be here anyway (I wanted to be home with my friends.), I shouldn’t have to do it. One morning, I decided to tell Ms. Margaret that I wasn’t going to do any more schoolwork, and I quickly found myself outside digging in the cistern alone.
Mr. Kevin came out to talk to me, and he told me how I wouldn’t get to college if I didn’t at least get okay grades in my last three years of high school. As we talked, he helped me understand that my whole future was at stake. Then I wanted to do the schoolwork.
But first, since I made a dumb choice, I had to earn my way back into the classroom. Every day, I worked outside for eight hours, which I had never done before. It was cold, and it was hard, and I only stopped to eat alone in my room. Everyone else knew that if they talked to me they would end up doing the same thing I was doing, so they didn’t.
This experience changed me. It made me so much stronger mentally and physically. Well, maybe not so much physically, but it made me realize that giving up isn’t the answer. Through hard work I have earned my way back to where I want to be, and now I am grateful to have the chance to work hard to get where I want to go in the future.

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