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It's finally here. The moment of truth, the stepping stone to the real world. This is what they've been preparing us for. After 13 memorable years. Through the good, bad, idiotic, fun and change. It was finally time. Time to step out into that bright light, shake the hand of an administrator and grab the ticket to freedom. The piece of paper that would remind me forever that I've accomplished something. Most of all it's that time to look out among all the fellow classmates, stick up two middle fingers and say "fuck you all." In the fall College will start but for now I was as free as a bird. All I had to do was sit in this uncomfortable robe and wait for my name to be called.

By Airi Michs (V.I.P), January 3, 2014.
General

By any statistical measure Danny knew he shouldn't be on the podium. His father was incarcerated, his mother an alcoholic and his brother was dead of an overdose. He vowed at the graveside he would choose a better life, the dealers and the gangs weren't going to get him. Surrounded by squalor and living off cheap junk food, he got himself a job cleaning cars at the dealership. He kept his money in a hollowed out book by his bed. No-one would pick up a book in his neighbourhood, it was safer than a vault. He bought good food on the way to school and saved the rest for a computer. He joined the library and studied every minute he wasn't earning or in class. Now his hard work had paid off, graduating with honours ahead of most of the whiny middle-class kids. With a full scholarship he'd be off to college in the fall. Life was about to get good.

By mickyswanson, October 30, 2014.