How Job Corps has changed my life. (1st Place Entry)
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How Job Corps has changed my life. (1st Place Entry)

By: Jesus Perez

I have been on many journeys in my life, some of which have led to a dead end. When I heard of Job Corps at an Employment Connection Office, I thought I would give it a try. I was in a point in my life where I really needed that push and break free from insecurities and self doubt. I dropped out of high school when I was 16 and when I look back at the reasons why, I get furious with myself. Although I can not rewind time, I can move ahead and that is what I plan to do.

When I look back, I remember going through the steps of getting into Job Corps. I remember that it was a slow process and I was ready to give up because I am a very impatient person. Now that I am here, I know that it was worth the wait not only because Job Corps is helping me to get my GED but as well as train me in a career trade. Arriving on the first day I remember how I was a nervous wreck because this choice I had made was going to create new experiences for me such as: coming to a new state, and I had left my family and friends behind who I had cared so deeply about. I knew that if I put all my effort into this program that I would be highly rewarded as well as gain a great knowledge and experience.

Also when I look back on the day when I came to Job Corps. I remember not really paying attention to the logo when I was first going through the process. As I was going through the Handbook I recognized the logo more clearly, it is an image of a ladder with an arrow going up. The Job Corps logo means to me, climbing the ladder of success for a better future. Job Corps gives us the help, attention, and time we need; however, all we need to do is “Bring Our Commitment Everyday” as the Handbook states. Sure each climb may be hard and frustrating at times, but it is the strength in every step that counts. I will climb that ladder until I am at the top. I know I have the strength, courage, and mentality to make it through Job Corps. I will be on time, obey the rules, and bring my commitment everyday.

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