Throughout high school, I have been faced with challenges and struggles at home. My mother has the AIDS virus and couldn't take care of me financially. My grandmother raised me, but when I was 11 she had serious health issues. My uncle came up from the streets of Kansas City where he was a homeless meth user, to take care of her. When I was 13 she passed away and it changed my life forever. My uncle was supposed to return to Kansas City, but instead he stayed to raise me. I struggled with the drastic changes during my freshman and sophomore years. I had to quickly mature. My junior year Neenah High started a welding class. I never would have thought it was for me, but after my first class I was hooked and still am to this very day. At first welding was a science, and I studied how the process works and how to do it the best. Then I found myself making what I call "personal projects", and I fell in love with the art of welding. I enjoy challenging myself to make anything and everything I can. It is a stress reliever and a career. Now in my senior year, I have found another stress reliever; running. I love to run, it helps me think and calm down along with staying in shape. Although welding and running are good things individually, they've leaked into the rest of my life helping me grow as an individual. I weld, and I find myself helping others on projects when I can. I run, and I find myself building up my dreams for my future. I don't just dream to be a welder, I dream to be a great welder; to be the best I can and make an impact. I don't want to just survive anymore, I want to live life to its fullest. My freshman year I had nothing but hopes of graduating, and now I'm on the verge of graduating, with so much more ahead of me.
...Thank you from a messy, sassy 9 year old who would have gone astray if it hadn't been for the "Pat on her back." Thank you for all the "little people" that you are helping everyday. I know God sent me Pat - but he used Best Friends to do it...
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