Preparing for a New Life

By Rodneshia Bridges on September 07, 2013
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I am Rodneshia Bridges, a 17-year-old upcoming senior at Westover Comprehensive High School in Albany, Ga. I also have been working at a local McDonalds since my tenth grade year.

I’m excited to say that this will be my last year in high school, and I’ll be starting a new life in college, leaving the past behind. So far my first couple of senior days were great, but my class work has gotten a little harder, I must say.

This is the year I’ll have grad night, senior night, senior prom and everything else that I am patiently waiting for. I participate in various clubs/groups in school such as FCCLA where I am the photographer, STARS where I’m President, GREEN TEAM, FBLA, and band where I’m the section leader over trombones.

My goals

This year I would like to accomplish things such as making great grades, setting long-term goals, interacting with my class, making new friends and being in school activities. My best friends and I are very close, but we all know we will be separated for college so we are trying to go to college in the same area or not go far away.

This summer I have been searching for colleges and taking my SAT/ACT in order to get into college. Searching for colleges is very crazy and is a long process, but it is fun at the same time.

I’ve gotten the chance to view a couple of colleges, and visiting them and talking to the college students has got me ready to start. One of my goals is to be accepted into a college by Christmas break, and I do believe I can master this plan with a lot of help from my parents and friends.

I would like to attend Georgia Southwestern University, majoring in early childhood education, to pursue a career in teaching. I’ve wanted to become a teacher since I was a little girl in elementary school, so I am going to do this even though I’ve considered changing it to communications. I guess I’m still undecided.


Working and being in high school can be very stressful at times, but you have to choose which is more important. I do believe that my school work is more important, but then again I wouldn’t want to give up my part-time job as my parents have been teaching me to become a young adult and take some responsibility in my life.

I’ve been paying a few bills around the house such as cable, my car, and let’s not forget gas, which can be very high at times. I work about 80 hours in a two-week pay period, but I still manage to get my school work done because that’s always number one.

Life after high school is approaching very quickly, and I believe they will be the best years of my life since I’ll be away from home and making lifelong decisions. The current things I am struggling with are only balancing work and school together and, of course, my test results.

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