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My name is Adelina Campos and I’m 18 years old. I’m going to tell you why I dropped out of high school and how East Oakland Youth Development Center helped me get my GED.
For me high school was really hard and being sister of the soccer coach wasn’t easy. I felt like I was supposed to be someone I wasn’t. I felt I wasn’t good enough and I wasn’t the innocent little girl everyone expected me to be. I felt out of place and I thought school wasn’t for me.
I dropped out my freshman year and it wasn’t my choice. I had some girls after me so I stood up to them and got suspended, so my dad didn’t let me go back. My dad sent me to Mexico for eight long months; they were horrible. After that, I came back and started going to school in West Oakland but it didn’t work for me. I was going down deeper and I decided to drop out again.
After struggling in life, I heard about EOYDC and I decided to give myself another chance. It was the best thing that I’ve ever done. I felt cared for at EOYDC and that’s what helped me work through it. Ms. Anana gave me the confidence I thought I didn’t have. She helped me throughout the whole process and she made it seem easy.
I thank EOYDC for the help it gave me. Without that help, I wouldn’t have gone through with it, so thank you very much.