LIFE CHANGES/KYLE GREENLIE

I’M 16 YEARS OLD AND I’M JUST STARTING TO THINK OF WHAT COLLEGES I WANT TO ATTEND, MY FUTURE GOALS, AND WHAT I WANT TO PURSUE IN LIFE. WHEN I WAS YOUNGER ONE OF MY FRIENDS WHO BARELY MANAGED TO GRADUATE FROM BERKLEY HIGH WAS ABLE TO CHANGE HIS LIFE AROUND AND ATTEND A FOUR YEAR COLLEGE. DURING HIGH SCHOOL HIS COUNSELOR HAD LITTLE HOPES TO SEE HIM GRADUATE FROM A UNIVERSITY. BUT DURING HIS WINTER BREAK HE THOUGHT HARD ABOUT WHAT HIS COUNSELOR HAD SAID. HE WAS TOLD THAT BEING AN AFRICAN AMERICAN THE CHANCES OF SUCCEEDING WERE ALREADY SLIM. HOWEVER, WITH PRAYER, FAITH IN GOD, AND SOME CONFIDENCE HE GRADUATED COLLEGE WITH HONORS AND WAS VALIDICTORIAN OF HIS CLASS WITH A 3.75 GPA. SOON AFTER HE RECEIVED CALLS WITH JOB OPENINGS IN ENGINEERING WHICH LANDED HIS CURRENT JOB AT M.I.T. MY FRIEND WENT BACK TO HIS COMMUNITY, TALKED TO YOUNG PEOPLE ON HOW GOD HAD CHANGED HIS LIFE AROUND FROM NOTHING TO SOMETHING. THAT’S WHY NOW, MY FRIEND’S STORY HAS MOTIVATED ME TO ACOMPLISH MY GOALS AND DREAMS. MY GOAL IS TO COMPLETE HIGH SCHOOL NOT JUST PASSING; I WANT TO PASS WITH SATIFYING GRADES. WHEN I GET OLDER I WANT TO DO MORE WITH JOURNALISM AND MAKE A CAREER IN THAT POSTION AND TAKE IT FARTHER THAN BEFORE. I ALSO WANT TO GO TO A GOOD FOUR YEAR COLLEGE WERE I COULD GET A GOOD EDUCATION THAT WILL GET ME ONE STEP TO ACCOMPLISH MY DREAMS. DOING THESE THINGS LIKE ACCOMPLISHING MY GOALS AND DREAM IT WOULD DEFINALTLY BE AN ACCOMPLISHMENT TO MY FAMILY AND THE PEOPLE THAT ARE IN MY C0MMMUNTITY, AND JUST LIKE MY FRIEND I WANT TO GO BACK TO MY COMMUNITY AND SHARE MY SUCCESS IN HOPE TO ENLIGHT ANOTHER YOUNG PERSON WITHIN MY COMMUNITY.

FOR YOUTH RADIO I’M KYLE GREENLIE, YOU CAN LISTEN TO THIS COMMENTARY AND MORE AT WWW.YOUTHRADIO.ORG

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