Being from a small community in East Point, GA has always encouraged me to reach magnificent heights of success in my future. I did not grow up too little or too much, but I had everything I needed when it counted. Now I am 17 years old on my way to Louisiana State University in August and I cannot feel anything but grateful for all the trials and tribulations I had to go through in life. It truly does take a village to raise a child. Even though the Student Achievement Club (UKUPAU) has entered my life at the end of my childhood, Ms. Marshall and her colleagues have given me numerous opportunities that has helped me my senior year.
Initially, I knew that my senior year was going to force me into bankruptcy haha. There was: senior dues, prom, senior pictures, cruise payments, cap n gown, and COLLEGE! I could not begin to wrap my head around how these things were going to get paid for, but then I joined Student Achievement Club. Even though I prayed and miraculously got those things paid for before I joined Student Achievement, the incentives I earned has been helping put money back into the household. My peers and I even took the liberty of naming our chapter of Student Achievement, UKUPAU. Ukupau is a Hawaiian word that means “getting paid for doing a job or task”, and that is exactly what happens in Student Achievement. The goals we must accomplish before getting our incentives are fun and necessary goals instead of tasks that will never help us in life. For example, I achieved the “Attend College” goal which then allowed me to receive $100 for going to college. I believe UKUPAU has encouraged many of my classmates to perform useful and productive goals to earn incentives and that is truly a blessing for all of us.
Overall, with the help from my parents, supporters, and UKUPAU, I will flourish at LSU in the fall. I will be majoring in political communications where I intend to make the world a more fair and safe place for minorities. I have never been more secure in myself than I am now because I know what I want to do and where I am going. The goals I have accomplished with UKUPAU is a big part my success as a senior and I encourage Student Achievement to spread into various schools in the south to give teens the opportunity to reach GOALS like I have.