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Why I Go to School

Students share why they go to school as part of the American Graduate project focusing on the high school dropout crisis. If you would like to submit your motivation for why you stay in school, email us at newshourextra@gmail.com. Please include your first name, age, grade in school and brief blurb in addition to your Pin. For teachers, here is a lesson plan to get your classroom involved: to.pbs.org/y1UTsZ Check out our recent reporting: http://to.pbs.org/wv8Wwi
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I recently went to Honduras to do missionary work and met children of all ages who weren't in school. I met this one four-year-old girl named Ana who truly inspired me. She had the biggest brown eyes and curly brown hair. Her mom said she wouldn't be able to afford to put her in school. How could something so precious not get an education? Coming back from my trip, I've realized that I am lucky. Meeting these children has inspired me to have even more of a drive. - Lauren, 11th grader

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I go to school because I want to be a game developer for Sony Online Entertainment. I go to school so I can lean how to design games and see how they work. I would like to work for a big industry because I have fresh ideas that games are missing. Games are my passion. I play them when I go home. Games are my way of escaping. They let me forget what problems I have. - Julio, 9th grader

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I go to school so I can graduate and go for my dream. I want to do voice overs. The inspiration came from cartoons and anime. It's something that I’ve wondered about for years, but now I’ve realized that it’s a passion of mine. It’s a dream worth going after. -Tobias, 11th grader

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This collage represents why I go to school. I want to be able to afford these things. If I go to college to further my education, then I can afford the things that are in my collage. I love fashion. It's going to be my major in college and my collage represents that. Also, if I finish high school and college my mom will be very proud of me. If I finish high school and college I can prove that I can make it to those who said that I couldn’t. - Deasia, 11th grader via CET Learning Services

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Seen in this picture is part of a roller coaster named "Millennium Force" at Cedar Point Amusement Park in Sandusky, Ohio. Why does it motivate me to go to school? Well, I plan to attend college to get a degree in mechanical engineering, in hopes that one day, I may design a roller coaster of my own. Then, perhaps I can go back to Cedar Point, get on a ride, and say, "Hey, I made this." - Jonah, 11th grader

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The reason why I go to school is so that I will have opportunities. Education does play a huge role in my life because I like to learn and develop new skills. To me, you can never learn too much in the world. It grows so much each day and everyday there are changes. I like to learn about them. I want to make my family proud. When I graduate, it will show them that I was worked very hard during my four years of high school, and I had set high expectations for myself. - Aubrey, 12th grader

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I need school to do everything. If I don’t graduate, then life will be hard for me. This did not just pop up in my head one day; I got this from an inspirational person: my mom. My mom tells me that school is very important. She also told me that often people just drop out because they have no one to support them. So she told me that she will always believe in me and trust me so that I will never drop out like the others. Thanks mom, so much. - Shynell, 12th grader

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"I always wanted to make my mother happy, and make her feel as if I'm doing something with my life...And also, I don't want to beg for anything. I don't want to beg for anything. I don't want to rely on anybody to give anything to me. I want to stand up on my own two feet and say I did it myself and say that I didn't need anybody's help," Kiera, Hughes STEM School via CET

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The thing that motivates me to go to school is football. I started playing my freshman year in high school, and I was really good at it. During my sophomore year I played varsity & started as a defensive lineman. I also got my first college offer. In my junior year I won all-city, all-state. My second motivation is my parents. My mom & dad have been there for me through the ups & downs. I love them for that I truly do. If it wasn’t for them I wouldn’t be the man I am today. - Raynon, 12th…

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I go to school for my little brother. He looks up to me, and I don't want him thinking dropping out of school is OK. After I graduate from high school, I plan on going to college to get a degree in journalism and communications. I enjoy talking to people, and I’m a big question person. I enjoy learning new stuff about people, and I’m a good writer. But mainly, I just want my little brother Isaac to know you can do anything you put your mind to. - Kiedra, 11th grader via CET Learning Services

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