By Tori Love, High School Student and Super Young Lady
I spend alot of time working to empower parents in Detroit. My wife and I are proud to share the benefit of being Tori Love’s parents. I’m proud to share her story about the challenges of being a high school student. The story is featured in this week’s Education Trust Midwest blog post. As a parent. My most important job is being the CEO of Tori Love, Inc. I must say. I’m proud of our star employee. One day, she will be the CEO. After all, I already work for her. Please read the following story. Tori shares a part of her high school journey……..
For young adults, high school is a time where they begin to learn who they truly are. At the beginning, it feels like just another promotion into the next grade level, but it is among the first steps into adulthood. Walking into Henry Ford Academy (HFA), my ninth grade year, I was a little nervous. Being a shy person, and going to a new school, after going to school with the same kids since kindergarten, it was very hard to adjust. It was also very different from the school I had been accustomed to. My previous school district was filled with mostly black and white students, However, at this new school I was surrounded by a sea of many different ethnicities. It was very foreign to me, but I know change is good, so I didn’t let it bother me at all.
When I came to HFA I had one friend with me. We were separated for most of the year, so I had to get used to my new surroundings by myself. After the first couple weeks of attending this school, I was accepted into the accelerated program and began taking 9th-grade and some 10th-grade classes with people I eventually became very close with. Soon I found myself becoming more and more social at school, while continuing to strive academically. I also played JV and varsity basketball and helped both teams win conference championships. Our varsity team continued on to win the district championship and end the season in the top sixteen teams in our division.
It was during my ninth grade year that I began to see myself slowly turn into an adult. I learned the importance of studying each day and how if I wanted to achieve my academic goal of at least a 3.8 overall GPA, l had to study to be prepared for every test. When dealing with individuals, I learned how to address others’ feelings and learned how to make compromises.
Since I had such a great ninth grade, I entered the tenth grade expecting to thrive in all my classes, play varsity and make new friends. I was awakened from that dream after taking a tough chemistry and algebra course. I learned the importance of time management, effective study habits and following through with my actions. After long nights of studying and preparation, I was able to pass both courses with good grades. During this time, I learned that school is definitely not like it is portrayed in movies. Although high school can be very fun and sometimes stressful , it is a very important time for young adults because you can learn valuable life lessons you will need to have when you become an adult and enter the workforce. @Edu_post @EdtrustMidwest @brian_love2 @ToriBLove1 @hfa_dearborn #Voices4Ed