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As a child, I attended an amazing preschool where I learned the fundamentals of building friendships and the difference between right and wrong. Then, starting in first grade, I was homeschooled. My one and only classmate was my brother. We were homeschooled until 2005, when I went back to public school in Waukee, Iowa, as a fifth grader.

Homeschooling was a great experience, as I was able to work ahead in my schoolwork, and I liked how what I got out of school all depended on how productive I was. So, if I was really paying attention and knew my subjects well enough, I could get all of my assignments done by lunchtime on some days. I loved this time with my family because I always had a blast while learning.

On May 20th, I will officially be a high school graduate; soon, I will be off to new adventures at college in Chicago.

Without my experiences, particularly in high school, I wouldn't be prepared for my new adventures at college and I would not be who I am today. I've received an excellent education, and my teachers have taught me so much. They've taught me about the importance of a good work ethic, responsibility, respect, and most of all, how to be a decent human being. 

I now know not only how to do well in school by getting good grades and completing every project and test to the best of my ability, but how to find things that I can enjoy and invest my time in. I've learned how to be involved and not only meet new people, but to also build relationships with people that will last a lifetime. All the knowledge I have on numbers, history, chemistry, and other classes will help me succeed in college, but what will help me succeed and lead a happy life as I enter college are the lessons I learned about who I am, who I want to be, and how to make my dreams possible. The assessments in Kuder  Navigator® and this internship at Kuder have given me a solid foundation for selecting a college major and preparing for my future career. 

I cherish education I've received – the good days and the bad – because it's taught me to find the hobby or talent that makes me happy, dream about it, and go and accomplish anything that I want. The word “cannot” is not in my vocabulary, and I’m unafraid to go after what I want.

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This article first appeared in the Kuder Blog March 28, 2013

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  2. internships

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