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In everyday life, obstacles are thrown at you. The key is having perseverance. Persevering is not just an action, it’s something you should expect to do daily. Life is so unpredictable, and we have to be ready to take it on.

Throughout elementary school, I always dreamed of going to DeLaSalle. I also knew that my parents couldn’t afford to send me there. With good grades and a positive attitude, I knew I could get in. It wasn’t easy at all. I had to work twice at hard at school, so that I could have a 4.0 GPA at the end of each semester. Along with keeping up with schoolwork, there were a lot of people who doubted me. Who even thought a little black girl who grew up on the streets of Minneapolis, could even step foot into DeLaSalle. Perseverance played a major role in the way my mind was set. If I would have let those minor setbacks intimidate me, I would not have reached where I am today.

At the end of my eight grade year, I got that huge letter congratulating me for being accepted into DeLaSalle. It was at this moment that I knew that hard work could pay off. My number one goal was officially accomplished. Sadly, I still had this feeling in my stomach, that no matter how hard I tried, I would never be good enough. It was when I took my first steps into the the Florence Center that I knew in my heart, that this was the place for me. I’d become part of a something greater than myself. I had finally found a home outside of home. My hard work and dedication paid off in the end, and I am proud of being an Islander.

-Lisa

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