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Why Not? MAG

March 25, 2009
By Anthony Sammons BRONZE, Wilmington, Delaware
Anthony Sammons BRONZE, Wilmington, Delaware
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Do you want to go to the boys club where the ­testosterone lingers like garlic chicken leftovers? Do you want to go to McDonald’s where dreams and futures are ground up like the beef in the freezer? How about outside, where the “ghetto” is friendly to ­natives and hostile to outsiders like an unseen but always-present spirit?

Why not? I ask as I shuffle my feet, a million problems in my mind but smiling as if I couldn’t care less. I wave to the “gangsters,” “thugs,” and “hustlers” of the neighborhood. Why not?

I need to relax. I’ll have a stroke if I worry – brother is in jail and sister is pregnant yet again. So why not? I deserve it. I never knew there could be pressure to succeed at 14. It sucks when you have to be the first in your family to attend college.

Broken bottles lie forsaken and battered on the street, a bag lady curses out pigeons in the distance. This is the other side of success, the not-so-glamorous world that many experience. For some, it leads to ruin and despair. College is my only hope. I lost my best friend to this ugly yet beautiful world; I owe it to him.

Everyone is counting on me, my cousins on the corner, my friends who may not have the opportunity, and my late friend. I am determined not to let them down, and my ambition will drive me through others’ expectations and propel me in a successful jump into life after college.

So when I ask myself in the mirror, Do you want to go down in history as the first person in your family to ­excel, despite widespread inner-city clichés that make this journey seem trite? I say to this prominent ultimatum in my life, Why not?

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Bethani GOLD said...
on Dec. 21 2010 at 9:04 pm
Bethani GOLD, Highlands Ranch, Colorado
10 articles 0 photos 508 comments

Favorite Quote:
Life is perfect until you sit back and realize how boring it is without risks.

this reminds me of how my mom told me that if i get into the college of my dreams I'll do what she never could. My parents were told I'd never go to college because of my learning disability. well im proving them wrong! 

nchic GOLD said...
on Nov. 22 2010 at 8:25 pm
nchic GOLD, Charlottesville, Virginia
14 articles 0 photos 13 comments

Favorite Quote:
it had borne the burden; it had earned the honor
-joan of arc

life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass; it's about learning to dance in the rain.

this is great! it reminds me a little of "between walls" by William Carlos Williams. keep writing and sharing it with the world!

dnm509 BRONZE said...
on Nov. 1 2010 at 10:54 am
dnm509 BRONZE, White Castle, Louisiana
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I myself also have these problems just like you. I will be the first person in my family to ever to go college. My brother and sisters won't go and my mother could not go. So I guess we will be in this thing together. All you have to remember is to never give up.

on Jul. 13 2010 at 1:34 pm
babigerl1194 PLATINUM, Margaretville, New York
23 articles 10 photos 155 comments

Favorite Quote:
wat doesnt kill you only makes you stronger

whoa!! this is amzing and i wish you luck...

on May. 30 2010 at 9:23 pm
RawyaAviva SILVER, Tuolumne, California
9 articles 0 photos 34 comments

Favorite Quote:
"I wake up every morning determined to change the world and have one heck of a good time . Sometimes this makes planning my day difficult."-E. B. White

Never give up. No one but you holds the keys to your future. By accomplishing your goals you can be a world changer and a source of inspiration to those who did not have the power to believe in themselves. Keep writing, it is what sets you apart.  

on May. 30 2010 at 3:21 pm
Madison22 BRONZE, Kittery Point, Maine
2 articles 0 photos 14 comments

Favorite Quote:
Never Give up!

WHY NOT???!! Go for it! Never give up!!! Work hard!! Good luck!! Awesome article!

stoked said...
on Feb. 1 2010 at 12:09 pm
ur life sounds alot like mine, i do boxing also, well actually mma.

on Aug. 27 2009 at 6:16 pm
pinksage33 BRONZE, Woodstock, New York
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This is amazing!!!

on Aug. 23 2009 at 4:31 pm
TheUnknownGuest GOLD, Woodbridge, Virginia
14 articles 4 photos 110 comments

Favorite Quote:
I can't remember it clearly, but it went something like this:

"The past is the past, the future is the furture. But now, now is like a gift, which is why it is called present."

I feel for you too.

AmnyR BRONZE said...
on Aug. 23 2009 at 1:03 pm
AmnyR BRONZE, Clifton, Texas
4 articles 0 photos 134 comments

Favorite Quote:
To the world, you may be just one person, but to one person, you may be the whole world. ~unknown

article was great. god bless you and good luck!

on Jul. 16 2009 at 12:33 pm
doverdrama SILVER, Dover, Delaware
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I hope you do well in school, and God Bless to you and your family. It sounds like you're really dedicated, so cudo's to you.

mmfdg623 GOLD said...
on Apr. 27 2009 at 11:50 pm
mmfdg623 GOLD, Lyndhurst, New Jersey
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Favorite Quote:
Far away in the sunshine are my highest aspirations. I may not reach them, but I can look up and see their beauty, believe in them, and try to follow where they lead.
Louisa May Alcott

Good for you. Keep it up! You deserve to succeed.