I am a sophomore at Des Moines Area Community College. My road to graduation was not an easy one; it started in middle school, with the peer pressure and wanting the acceptance of my peers. Like any child wanting to be accepted, I followed because at that time school was not important. I passed middle school, but the scary thing was I realized that high school was not going to be any easier; however, with the outside influences from my teachers and mentors I became an active member in Iowa Jobs for America’s Graduates. Finally I had a reason why I wanted to go to school. I still struggled from time-to-time, but I had family involvement and teachers who cared about me graduating. The day of graduation I proudly walked across the stage and finally realized what I had accomplished, and I was proud to say I made it.