我的父母是非常勤奋的人, 但他们没有很多钱. 他们负担不起送我去高档私立学校或聘请专家帮助我改善演讲的费用. All roads in my small town of Wrightsville, 佐治亚州, seemed to indicate that I would struggle for the rest of my time in school.
Luckily for me, that was not the end of my story. I began sitting in front of the mirror every day and reciting difficult words again and again until I got them right. 最终, I began to improve and gained the confidence to speak up in class. I also started working out and made both the track and football teams.
With the help of God, 我的父母, teachers and coaches, I went from having some of the worst grades to being one of Johnson County’s best students.
As a product of public education, I was able to achieve the American dream because of all the support I had. 不幸, this is not the case for many kids living in lower-income communities.