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77. Going to College
Two years ago, I graduated from high school.
father, mother, and sisters all came to see
walk up the stage to receive my diploma.
of my extended family was there too, including
aunts and uncles, and some of my best
To my surprise, my friend Eddie, who graduated
the same school the year before, came up
congratulate me as soon as the ceremony was
. "Hey! Feels great, doesn't it?" said Eddie. "It
does," I responded excitedly. Eddie was like a
brother to me. He joined the Navy after
. now that I was out of high school,
came back specifically to talk to me about
plans. I had no idea he was coming
he wanted it to be a surprise, and
"Okay, now that you're out of
school, what are you going to do with
life?" he asked. To tell the truth, I
't have a clue. Most of my classmates knew
where they wanted to go to college, or
they were going to join the military. Some
them were like me – clueless. No one
ever been interested enough in me to try
give me some guidance except Eddie. He told
about college and I should consider going to
community college since I hadn't applied to a
-year university. I was very interested, but confused. "You
went to college, Eddie. How do you know
's the right thing to do?" I asked. Eddie
smiled and said he just knew and that
needed to trust him on this one.
trusted him like a brother, I took his
and enrolled in a community college. It's been
an experience. I must admit, Eddie was right.
will be transferring to UCLA next semester and
are looking up for me. I owe it
to my "big brother" Eddie.