The Story Of The Other Wes Moore

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Throughout the duration of one 's life, a person will face thousands of decisions. These decisions could be minor or major but nevertheless, could play a significant role in the outcome of their life. Recently, myself alongside my peers, were forced to make a multitude of choices that will dictate and guide the rest of our lives. These choices included: what college to attend, major, payment plans, housing, and rather to attend a higher level of learning at all. The idea of these decisions having a massive impact on our careers and lives is clearly perceived through the story of "The Other Wes Moore". The book explains the differences between the successes and failures of two individuals named "Wes Moore" who grew up under remarkably similar …show more content…
I grew up with a loving couple of parents in a conservative rich town so I could never complain about my upbringing. However, the people I grew up around made poor mistakes that I occasionally got involved in. Two of my best friends in elementary school and middle school picked up smoking and drinking in fifth grade. I rarely partook, but being associated with them often put me in an awkward position with my parents and friends outside of those two. In 7th grade they convinced me to try marijuana and much like the imprisoned Wes Moore my decision to smoke with them could 've ruined any plans I had of attending the University I wanted. It could 've tarnished my record and caused me to settle for a lesser institution. Once we reached high school, I distanced myself from them in order to make new friends that would influence my life in a more positive way. The people I met throughout high school gave me the motivation to improve my work and focus on my career and education. I didn 't go through the struggle of military to school to gain discipline like the successful Wes Moore, but I found inspiration to focus and work hard via the actions and words of the people I surrounded myself with throughout the most crucial portion of my life leading up to …show more content…
I knew I wasn 't going to be able to spend hours on Netflix while taking minimal time out of my day to complete homework. So, I improved my study habits and set aside ample amount of study time for every course and assignment to ensure I achieved all of academics goals on time. Also, I knew I had to get involved with student organizations, social events, along with academic success. I was interested in student government the moment my RA mentioned it because I 've always had an intrigue in politics. I won the treasurer position for Dabney Hall and was excited that I had already gotten involved in an organization that accomplishes such a great amount for students. I 've also shown interest in Habitat for Humanity due to the fact that I enjoy community service and helping those in need. On top of these two groups, I 've gotten involved in the local Saint Monica, Saint George Church and youth group. Having all these organizations can make it difficult to manage time, but coming into college, I knew I would have to focus on my time management skills. I purchased a planner/calendar and have been very persistent on keeping track of my day to day life carefully scheduling all of my activities and studies being positive to allot enough time for each activity. I have made sure to carve out time for fun and social activities such as football games, soccer

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