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Tyler the Roofer

by Diana White

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Apprenticeship and Skilled Trades Series
Tyler the Roofer
by Diana White
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Tyler the Roofer
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by Diana White
Bad Decisions

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.
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The Move

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.
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Life as an Adult

It turns out my family was right to suggest a move. I attended my classes regularly and my grades improved a lot. I very quickly had a nice group of friends and I was back on track to complete high school by the end of the school year. Not only that but I met a very special girl who became a big part of my life.

I really didn’t have any plans after graduating. Some of my friends went to university or college but there wasn’t much that I was interested in pursuing. I worked some odd jobs to make ends meet before I found something more permanent at a nearby factory. Then I was able to rent an apartment of my own and begin life as an adult. Life was pretty good for a while…until it wasn’t.

An unexpected break-up that left me heart-broken and a little bitter happened a few years later. Two years after that, I butted heads with new management at work and found myself without a job. There was nothing else keeping me up north so I decided to move back south.
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