Finally, my high school graduation day came. It was really an accomplishment. Al
Finally, my high school graduation day came. It was really an accomplishment. All those Long nights, early mornings to catch the bus had finally paid off. I had the honor of graduating early and getting a quick kick start to college. Just 2 weeks after graduating my lease came up; this made me move up north somewhere closer to the college. I got a ride to the city from the people I was staying with, I then booked my bus ticket from there, and departed a couple hours later from Phoenix heading north to flagstaff. Getting there, I did not have student residence as my international status did not allow me to apply for financial aid.
When I got to flagstaff, I did not have much on me. So, the only choice I had was to book a cheap motel that was closer to the university I was going to. My first night at the motel was on Christmas eve, called my family and a couple friends and then had the night all by myself. The next day, I knew I had to find a job or someway to get a little bit of money. So, I strolled around the city looking for jobs. I did not have much luck until my last stop where I saw a Hiring sign that was accepting Walk-ins. It was at a hotel. I walked in and asked if they were hiring and got hired on the spot. Few days before starting, I had to check out at the Motel.
After checking out, I did not have anywhere else to go, I didn’t know anyone, I was penniless. I spent my night at the bus station hoping I could catch a bus going to Illinois where I knew a couple of people. But something kept telling me to stay. So, I looked around for a shelter and luckily got one. I stayed at the Sunshine Rescue mission for about a month as I was working at the hotel. Unfortunately, Classes had started, and I did not have much to register. I tried applying to every scholarship I found but had no luck. The shelter was always open 7 days a week, 365 days a year, serving 2 meals a day with dinner at 6pm. It really the right place to be, very accommodating and gracious people. Everyone was such a blessing, It was a bunch of great people doing great things.
I really learnt a lot about life in that period, Most peole I was staying with, had served their time in prison and had came out having absolutely nothing. It was a place for the homeless. I would then go to school, which was roughly about 10 minutes, keep in mind it used to get super cold with a lot of snow. This would walk in almost every morning going to work at the hotel that was about 2 miles from the shelter It was a really great experience. Time came, and eventually I realized I needed help in this big, great country.
This made me move to the big city, Chicago. Once I got here, I felt like I wasn’t alone. I knew I would always have someone there to help. First week in Illinois was trying to sign back up for college and transfer. But that never happened as I procrastinated. Not being able to college I knew I had to find a job; I got a job at FedEx where I was there for about a whole year but eventually, I knew that was not my calling. I must go to college graduate, Life is all about the little things, I really did not know I would be where I am, two years ago when I was at the shelter.As I got there, I was mind blown. Hopefully I was able to meet up with a couple of family friends that really helped me, put me through high school and really thought me so much. Started my first job a couple month before graduating at Dollar General where I worked as a cashier.
Graduating, driving up to Flagstaff Arizona, becoming homeless for almost a whole month, knowing the word of God, and really understanding people is what pushed me to get where I am today. It’s not like I was born here, but we all adapt as we learn from our mistakes and missed opportunities. I got the opportunity to listen to what those who served and came out of jail and not having anything not even a single person by their side. But I got to see that they wanted to change,