Essay on My Year Of High School

2320 Words Oct 24th, 2016 10 Pages
It was my junior year of high school when I was seventeen years old. The school counselors sat me down in a bleak, yellow office and explained to me that all of my missed classes were taking a toll; I would not be able to graduate on time like the rest of my classmates. The counselors talked amongst themselves afterwards and I could hear them saying that it was only a matter of time before I dropped out. Their hushed tones dripped with condescension as they remarked I was just like the rest of the “bad kids” who skipped classes. They said I would end up going into continuation school -- if I was even smart enough for that. And the worst part was that they were right. My own mother never finished high school and, while my father graduated, he never went on to college. With all the odds against me, I dropped out of high school. I had always dreamed of making a better life for myself after witnessing the horrors of poverty that would be bestowed upon my family. I could be successful and I would have to do it all by myself. Two of the latest sources that show and tell examples of success are Malcom Gladwell’s best-selling book Outliers and Academy Award winning movie Whiplash, directed by Damien Chazelle. Gladwell gives us amazing statistics and hardcore facts detailing what it really is that makes people successful, while Chazelle takes us into the life of a struggling music student trying to cope with a mentor pushing him to the verge of success. Both Gladwell’s book and…

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