My story…is no different from any of yours. I am 17 years old, my name is Richard Conrad, son of Richard Conrad and I’m really just stepping towards success. But success has a specific and personal definition for each one of us. For me, success is the dream that one day I can raise a family, support them and most of all be economically stable no matter the times. But I am not so naive to think that just by thinking of success I will attain it. No, because for anything successful to come, hardships and struggles must be faced.
I have never really been focused specifically on one career or one aspect of my life. I think it’s important to keep myself ‘well-rounded’ and never put all my money on one hand of cards. Honestly I’ve been all over the place with interests. I used to be determined that I was going to develop video games, then I was going to be a psychologist, then a doctor and now…business!
Some adversities that I feel have pushed me away from the idea of an average American family would be, well…my family! When I was a kid my dad got sick, my parents separated due to abusive relationships, we moved to Roosevelt and to this day live with my grandparents in an extended family setting. Growing up with my mom as a single parent, but then also my grandparents right there also has definitely changed my attitude toward the absolute importance of an education.
I’m low income, a first generation student and a business and marketing sterling scholar! I will never allow my background or the struggles throughout my life to affect who I am and will be. Education is of the utmost importance, it will be the biggest stepping stone for the future.