*This post was written by a Ventura County young adult.
It hasn’t always been so easy. There was once a time when I didn’t have my priorities straight and bad decisions ruled my life. My bad streak began in eighth grade; this is when I began getting in trouble and even resulted in me getting suspended over marijuana.
My mom switched my school to finish the year as best I could. I was just trying to get through the year so I could get to high school and see my friends again. I tried to start my freshman year anew again, but it quickly proved to be very different. I began hanging around bad people who were much older than me – 16, 17 and 18 year olds when I was only 14.
Partying and drinking excessively became part of my lifestyle. I began being difficult and mean-spirited with my parents when they did absolutely nothing to me. I finished the year with bad grades which, of course, seriously hurt my GPA. This took a toll on me emotionally as I really began thinking about my future and getting worried. I talked about this a lot with my parents and counselor to ensure I would turn over a new leaf my sophomore year.
I knew I had to want this for myself and would need to have absolute self control. My grades began to improve and my mood started to change for the better. Throughout my next years, I spent most of my time studying and around good company.
Fast forward to my senior year and I have been accepted into two great universities and waiting on more to come. I feel as I am living proof that no matter if you had a rough start, got side tracked or whatever, the situation may be, you can always overcome it. You can really do anything you set your mind to. I am extremely proud of who I’ve become and I will continue to grow and prosper.