Describe the world you come from; for example, your family, clubs, school, community, city, or town. How has that world shaped your dreams and aspirations?
People commonly think of Monroe as an epidemic full of heroin users. People are constantly trying to keep the drugs off the street, helping people get to rehab, and trying to spread a positive message to kids. I live outside of the two tracks that separate The Orchard from the rest of the suburbs-The Orchard is like a mini version of the Hood. I live by the local community center and library, where the children, mostly African American, talk in disrespectful manners, and play basketball.
I might live in this part of the suburbs, but that doesn’t mean I want to sink to their standards. Monroe is a small, tight-knit city with people trying to help each other. We don’t have a lot of things, but that doesn’t stop our ambition to do the best that we can-for the most part. With this environment, I felt the need to not sink to racial stereotypes, and to act successful. I tried my hardest at school, worked to complete every assignment, and kept a serious focus on how to take school. My parents taught me that I could be anything I wanted, and so I aimed high-hoping to be a college professor and/or an astrophysicist.
In short, my environment wasn’t the most conducive to learning, but it only made me more ambitious to succeed and accomplish my goals.