This I Believe..

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Home life can have a huge effect on a child's schooling.

This I believe, that a person's home life can have a major impact on a student’s education. As a small child I had to deal with more problems than the average student. As my parents were going through their separation, I was having a hard time focusing in school and taking an interest in everyday life. Soon I was placed in a study group for students with learning disabilities. After their divorce was finalized my life seemed to become even worse. Even then I knew that when I walked into a room with adults, they were talking about my situation. People started taking pity on me but I did not want their pity, I wanted my normal life back.



Why was it harder for me?

Things always seemed easier for my older sister. She was
tougher and had a better head on her shoulders. As for my brother, he was too little to really know what was going on. Why did I seem to be dealing with the separation the worst? No matter what people did, nothing seemed to be helping how I felt. As time went on it became a little easier. My life was no longer the topic of conversation and I finally was treated like a normal person.

Finally, it all turned around..

One day after school I stayed behind to talk to a teacher. He decided to share with me all of his life struggles. He had told me that he too had a hard time after his parents separated and that he thought he would never forgive them for what they put him and his brother through. As he got older he knew he had to let go of his anger, even if it was going to be something that affected him the rest of his life, he was not going to let that stop him. At that point, I knew I had to do the same thing. I stopped worrying about how things were back home and focused on myself. Soon everything started turning around. My entire outlook had improved; I was doing better in my sports, and even started making high honors. After the talk with my teacher I knew I needed to focus all of my attention on making things better for myself, to better it for my future. Even today when things seem to bring me down, I notice the affect it has on my schooling. That’s when I have to stop, take a breath and remember that I can reach my goals no matter what.
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