My name is Brianna Latrice Robinson and I am 15 years old. A time that I have experienced failure is when I tried to get all A’s because my mother said if I did then she would buy me a Galaxy phone. I thought that if I just listened to the teacher and did the home/class work then I would pass with all A’s with no problem at all. The last day of school I received my report card. When I glanced at it, I saw that I had all A’s and 2 B’s. When the bell rang for everyone to be dismissed, I went to talk to the teachers who gave me B’s in their classes. When I asked about my grade they both said the same exact thing. They said that the only thing that brought my grade down was my test scores. From this experience I learned that I need to study everything that the teacher teaches. I also learned that if I have questions about something then ask the teacher instead of sitting in the classroom lost on the subject. A place where I feel a lot of happiness is at home. The reason why I feel this way is because I feel like I do not need to pretend to be someone who I am not. I am not persuaded by other people to act a certain way. I can just be myself. Something that I did last year that had nothing to do with academics was volunteering at Hayes Park District. My main job was to watch the kids. I had to make sure that they were having fun while being safe at the same time. If I had the opportunity to travel back in time, I would stop the clock back on August 5th,2007. On this day my handsome Godson was born. That was one of the happiest days of my life. This was the day that I realized that For the first time in my life I would have someone who would look up to me. I would have to set a good example for him. When my Godson, Dj, was born I believed that he was a miracle because he was so small. My mother said that he was smaller than a shoe box. The best advice that I ever received was to never to depend on anyone. I think this is the best advice because I am at the age where I depend of my mother and father for money, transportation etc. I realized that one day they are going to be there to help me. If I depended on other people, I would always ask for something even though I could go get it or do it on my own. I feel like if I depend on them for everything then I will not learn how become a independent woman. I follow this advice. I ask my parents for things but when I ask it is not often. I live in the Ashburn community. My neighborhood is not the safest but it is not the most dangerous either. There are few crimes. I think this neighborhood made me become a cautious. The reason why I think this is because the things that I hear on ABC news and the newspaper (murder and rape) it make’s me want to be more careful. I do not really go outside around my neighborhood. I know that there is a gang not far from where I live. They are always outside walking around looking for some drama to get into. I am really aware when I walk past that particular area when I am walking to and from school. I would not want to be in the middle of a “Shoot off”. I believe that the things that I go through makes me stronger. They teach me to never give up and always have a positive mindset.
“Keep your thoughts positive because your thoughts become your words. Keep your words positive because your words become your behavior. Keep your behavior positive because your behavior becomes your habits. Keep your habits positive because your habits become your values. Keep your values positive because your values become your destiny.”
― Mahatma Gandhi
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