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August 25, 2016
My name is Anastasia E. Brown, or student identification number 601041, well, at least I was. I used to believe I was just another number in a school system that had way too many hormonal teenagers with enormous amounts of angst to deal with. Evidently, I was wrong.
In my time of absence from Santa Monica High School and SMMUSD in general, I have learned the true meaning of the phrase, “you don’t know what you have until it’s gone.” I initially left Santa Monica for medical reasons, and in that time attended both Washington Prep High School as well as Morningside High school. I was astonished to find that my peers in nearly every class were academically behind compared to my SAMOHI peers. I took an English class early on Saturday mornings during the end of my sophomore year, which was not required, and did so well that my professor placed me in her AP Literature class. I was the only junior in a course full of seniors. My life and goals progressively came into focus as I joined both the JROTC and Upward Bound programs.
Before I knew it, I was taking two AP courses, and was beginning to come to terms with the fact that I really did enjoy school. But when the school could no longer provide the courses needed to graduate, reality set in that my dreams of college were slipping through my fingers. I hit a low point earlier this year when a few of my family members passed away. Their passing put a lot into perspective for me. I had an epiphany. I wanted to go home, to where I belonged, to where I was cared for. I wanted to go back to SAMOHI. Only there could I reach my full potential and make my mother and those who had passed proud of me.
I know I have put my mother and myself through so much over the past two and a half years and can’t live a single day without an ounce of regret. By returning to SAMOHI I hope to graduate with my friends and be able to make a future myself and my mother as well, she deserves that much from me. So please, I am asking you from the bottom of my heart, allow me to make my dreams come true and make a better life for myself.
Anastasia Elizabeth Brown