This is to the potential high school dropout who feels that continuing his academic career will be a waste

of time because of his past. As the son of a drug addict dad and an alcoholic mom, Kevin believes that he will never be seen as an upstanding member of society, but instead, as the son of someone who is incapable of making good decisions. He cannot escape this label that he has put on himself and is seriously considering dropping out at the beginning of his senior year as his only alternative. Kevin, First, I want to tell you how amazing it is that you have come this far in your high school career. Because of your past and the environment that you live in, it was not likely that you would succeed in high school. With your good grades and your talent for art and drawing, there is no reason why you will not be successful in life. The label that you feel is put on you is nonexistent. Those who have been in your situation and not succeeded would be proud that you have come this far. Those who have watched you learn and progress would stand in awe that you have been this successful with all of the turmoil you have come through. You have beaten many odds that were against you, and because of that, you should be proud of yourself and all of your endeavors. Kevin, you should constantly try to remember that your surroundings do not have to determine your future. You have proved this fact by making something of yourself in high school. No one in your family expected you to go this far. No one thought that you could be someone because of what you came from. You must remember that just because your mom and dad made bad choices, does not mean people will judge you. If people see how successful you are, they will respect and appreciate you even more because you rose above all the hard times and obstacles you faced. Someone as bright as you should try to rise above all the pressure that you are feeling to leave school because learning is so important to survive in society. To simply quit before finishing the last year of high school, after all the work you have done so far, would be very unfulfilling and I am sure that you would regret your decision.

This is to the potential high school dropout who feels that continuing his academic career will be a waste of time because of his past. As the son of a drug addict dad and an alcoholic mom, Kevin believes that he will never be seen as an upstanding member of society, but instead, as the son of someone who is incapable of making good decisions. He cannot escape this label that he has put on himself and is seriously considering dropping out at the beginning of his senior year as his only alternative. I remember the day when I graduated high school and received my diploma. There is nothing like the feeling of accomplishment you will feel when you walk across the stage. To finish school with all of your friends and to participate in the graduation ceremony is one of the most awesome things you will ever experience. No one should miss out on this accomplishment, and because of your situation, it will be an even bigger accomplishment and better feeling. The diploma you will receive will allow every employer to see that you are competent in many different areas. Without it, it will be devastating for the rest of your life. You must try to understand that people will not judge you for your parents’ actions, but for your own. If you choose to drop out of high school, that label will be put on you for the rest of your life and it is a very discouraging fact to live with. If you do stay in school and do the best you can, people will see you in a more positive manner and treat you as a legitimate intellectual. The importance of finishing high school is more than receiving a diploma or receiving job offers, although those are very important factors. Graduating says that you are capable of learning and that you can successfully think through problems, you can read and write, and you desire the knowledge of new things. Learning is something that never ceases as life goes on. You will always be learning new things and these things will help you succeed in life. The symbol the diploma gives is that you are a person competent enough to attempt a new project until you can efficiently tackle it. It says that you want to and continue to learn. The diploma allows others to know these things about you so they can rely on you for different tasks or projects.

This is to the potential high school dropout who feels that continuing his academic career will be a waste of time because of his past. As the son of a drug addict dad and an alcoholic mom, Kevin believes that he will never be seen as an upstanding member of society, but instead, as the son of someone who is incapable of making good decisions. He cannot escape this label that he has put on himself and is seriously considering dropping out at the beginning of his senior year as his only alternative. Kevin, I hope that you take this letter to heart, and seriously consider staying in school so that you can accomplish things in life. Try to forget the logic that your parents determine your success. While they make poor choices, you can use that as a driving force as you complete your high school career. Consider all the harder obstacles you will face if you choose to drop out, and try to think positively in order to further your success in life. I wish you the best over this next year, and I hope I have given you enough reason to complete high school so you will have a better life than your parents ever hoped to have.

Sincerely, Rachel Chambers