I made a decision that I regret, and If I had the chance to change it then I would. You might be confused and, I understand. You are probably oblivious to what I’m talking about, but stick with me. It will all make sense soon. If you dont know who I am by now, let me tell you. I am you. Don’t worry you aren’t seeing things, you read that exactly how it is. I am you after graduating 8th grade. I know it is confusing but, just let me explain. You see I wouldn’t be telling you this if I didn’t have a reason to. Focus on what you are supposed to do, would be the best piece of information I can tell you. It was all going so great, especially in school. During the first half of 8th grade was a breeze, you got so much work turned in to the point where the teachers even started giving you extra credit. It was great, until the second half, where things just fell completely apart. All the missing work started piling up and the grades falling down. All because of a simple yet dangerous phrase, “I’ll do it next time.” Well the next time arrived, and what did you say? Oh that’s right “I’ll do it next time.” The Nex time kept coming, and coming, and coming, and coming. To the point where all of your missing assignments were in the 10’s! That’s right, double-digits. Almost causing you to fail 8th grade. Fortunately for you though, your teachers were super kind enough to give you two more days to turn in all your work. It wasn’t easy but fortunately you were able to complete it all. Bumping your grades from D’s, C’s, and F’s. To A’s, (it wan only two A’s you had) B’s, and still a couple of C’s. You might’ve not have gotten the grades you wanted, but definitely the ones you deserved. Unfortunately, that’s not how the story ends. You might not believe it but you never attended your graduation. Surprising? I know, it surprised me to. Not that you chose to not attend your graduation, but more like forced. All becasue your mom thought you didn’t deserve to. You were devastated but then you’ll soon come to realize the valuable lesson. Which is what I’m here to talk to you about. I can understand why you might not want to do something that you may not find interesting, but at the end it’s always worth it because what you learn now you may need it in the near future, who knows. Highschool is right around the corner, and if you can’t do what is asked of you then how do you expect to survive freshmen year? You can’t expect to succeed if you only put in work on the days you feel like it. You have to start off strong from the beginning all the way to the end. If there is one thing I will leave with you so you can think about more into the future when you are about to make a choice that is not the best. Is that There is always consequences to your actions. Before you act, make sure you are prepared for them.
David Dominguez – St. Rita of Cascia High School – DMSF Class of 2027