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Tyler the Roofer
by Diana White
As an adult, I realize how lucky I am that learning has always come easy for me. School was a breeze...at least the learning part. The real challenges began in high school where I found the social scene difficult to take. The different cliques, labeling someone popular or unpopular – often based on the financial status of their families – just didn’t seem right. Missing classes and then whole days of school became easier and easier. Do you know what I learned very quickly? No matter how smart you are, you have to attend classes and complete assignments to pass a course! As simple as that sounds, I was a know-it-all teenager and I refused to take advice from anyone. Like many kids in high school, I made some poor decisions that put graduating in jeopardy.
My family realized that remaining in the situation I had created for myself would result in nothing positive, so they decided it would be best for me to complete my high school somewhere else. I had relatives up north (about 5 hours away). After some discussion, one of my uncles and his wife agreed that I could stay with them while I completed my final year of school.
I wasn’t very enthusiastic about moving to a new city, but I was excited to get to know my father’s relatives a little better. He had passed away when I was 8 years old and there had been very little opportunity to visit his side of the family. Thankfully most of them lived in the same city so I knew I would have a chance to make some connections I had missed through the years.
A few weeks later I was in a new city and registered at a new school. It was the same high school that both of my parents had gone to. I have to admit that there was something very comforting about that. It really put my mind at ease somehow.