Trust me; it wasn’t fun to hear the popular kids bragging about their latest fun parties as this was the mid 80’s and a part of me longed to be “cool with them,” but I wasn’t attracted to drinking, smoking, and God knows what else was going on.
As you can imagine, I wasn’t popular in high school, and to avoid being picked on, I stayed hidden in the library.
The truth is that I was on a mission. I had more important things to do in my life.
So, you might ask, why was I so driven, even at a young age? My drive came from frustrations. I didn’t like being poor and, I didn’t agree with my mom’s views to put my hope on finding a good man who will provide for me. I believed that education was my ticket to leaving behind the stigma of poverty. So, I put all my effort into graduating quickly. I also saw the value in getting more than a high school diploma.