Not long ago, my fellow students probably considered me a bully and I considered myself a “wild child” because a life of drugs and crime actually attracted me.
Today, I feel like a totally different person. I am positive and hopeful about the future. It’s because of my involvement in the Jobs for Delaware Graduates program (JDG), where I am State President of the Delaware Career Association, the student organization part of JDG. My story is one that I think you would like to hear.
Special mentors, like my advisor Ms. Veronica Jones; special people like PA State Rep. Thaddeus Kirkland (I used to live in PA) and a special program in Delaware, JDG, have made all the difference in my life. I am still learning more about the world and what I want to do with my life. But I have made some important decisions. I know am capable of achieving much more than I thought possible just a year ago. Because of that, I have decided I can and will go on to college to pursue my interest in communications. I just love hosting special events and being a part of something positive. And, I am ready to work hard to achieve my success.
As Governor Markell told us during the class, the job market is a lot different these days and we are competing against students not only from our own state, but from around the nation and across the world.
I will be the first person in my family to go to college and I am proud of that. The Governor wanted me to share with you the speech I gave recently in Washington, D.C. at a Jobs for America’s Graduates Leadership Lunch. Here’s the video, which runs about four minutes.