Tuesday, July 08, 2008

It's Never Too Late...Tha Artivist's Mom Writes...

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Sis. Callie Herd a.k.a. Tha Artivist's Mom

I wanted to send out a note to the "Class of 2008" and past classes that it is never too late to go for your goals in life. Many times we have our eyes toward getting the students graduated, but not looking beyond at those who felt that they can't go to college or get a decent job, or those who didn't make the requirements to graduate, but just dropped out.
I am told that life doesn't end after high school graduation, but it is the beginning of you starting your future to adulthood. Question: If we are given 3 scores and 10 years, what happens to the other 52 years after high school graduation? Primary and secondary school years combined only uses up less than one third of the years at high school graduation, but we act as if it is completely over for that student or child that didn't graduate or who didn't decide to go to college until after graduation.
We must wake up and stop making the students that didn't go to college feel hopeless. Many times we may fall down, but we can still get back up and go for our dreams in life. Just because a student may have been a slow performer in high school doesn't mean he or she can't make it in life. There are many variables that may have allowed the student not to perform his or her best, but having a less than 2.0 GPA doesn't mean he or she doesn't have the ability do something meaningful with his or her life.
Guys, as you read my thoughts today, I was driven to write this particular note because God was continually bringing me with parents, students and friends that wanted to help save these particular child(ren)/students. Some of them were very afraid that they wouldn't be able to make it in life, but it seemed (but they didn't say) that they too was feeling that the child's or student's current circumstances dictated that their life choices would be very slim, limited or maybe none.
I say "hog wash" because you control your destiny and must believe in you even when "Man may say "NO!", You must say "YES!"". Life doesn't end because you make a mistake, but rather when you learn and do better from it, it manifests.
When I hear the cries from parents and students throughout the country, I too say "Yes You Can" and "Keep Hope Alive". We must began embracing these students and letting them know that they too have a future, if they really want it. It is ironic because many of these "hopeless" students can be "Traditional College Students" if someone only tell them that it is alright to go to college and that taking remedial or pre-courses is okay. Many of these students believe this is a sign of being dumb when you take pre-courses. But I say remedial courses makes them stronger students so that they can be successful in their career choices.
Some of these students will go to college or trade-school only because the welfare system has it as a requirement...However, they should still know that they have a choice to go without being forced.
I ask that we gain true knowledge and let the students and parents know that it is not too late and that they should seek an answer and not assume that life is over at 18 years old.
If all of us took the time to learn the true meaning of Community Service, what an awesome world we would live in. Community Service doesn't have a face or color. It's about helping your fellowman and not worrying if the receiver of such love obtains more "success" in life than the giver. Community service is about making the world a better place.
Below is a link that I wrote on Community Service and an essay that my daughter, Molisa wrote on her vision of how she would like to commit her life to helping others:
As I come to a close, I ask that you take the time to help those that are lost and in search of life happiness. They too can keep their heads up and know that "life challenges goes to the man who thinks he or she can." They must also have faith and trust in knowing that their dreams will manifest.
As always visit and share the blog, Planning and Preparing for Colleges (Scholarships, Internships, Etc) located at http://www.ctherd.blogspot.com with others. I did and it does work.

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