“How I spent my summer… delivering a commencement speech to my 2016 graduating class. I overcame my fear of being a “nobody” to become a credited graduate with honors.
‘FEAR – Forget Everything And Run or Face Everything And Rise.’ is one of the things I said to the graduating class. This is what made me keep going to achieve my goal.
When I was told by my employer (that I had dedicated five years to), that I was not qualified for a higher position, due to “not being educated enough,” I figured they were right. The experience I gained from this job and my high school diploma was not enough to get the position I desired. I went back to school to prove to myself, my children, and to any future employer that I was good enough.
Just when I felt that I had my FEARS under control and was moving forward, I hit one of many speed bumps. When I had to request my transcripts, I found out that I had received a certificate of completion instead of my diploma. What should have been a day of celebration quickly became a day of gloom and pain, for this day was also when I received my invite to be a member of the National Technical Honor Society. I went to my instructor and informed her that due to the negative comments that had been directed at me, I felt that I was not worthy of being an NTHS member… that I was too dumb to be in school, and that Pinellas Technical College was wasting its time with me.
They let me know that was the past, and what I was doing now made me a worthy candidate for both the college and the National Technical Honor Society. Needless to say, not only did I get inducted into the National Technical Honor Society, but I also became the President of the Clearwater campus. Through everything I have had to overcome, I knew that my school, the National Technical Honor Society, and my family were the reasons why I did not give up. I knew I had to finish, show myself that I am worthy of the career I desired, and show my two children to never stop reaching for the stars.
By delivering my speech to the graduating class, I became a mentor for people who had quit or wanted to quit, teaching them to face their fears and finish their goals. And not only did I finish, but I also proudly wore my NTHS sash and pin. I currently still communicate with students and NTHS members who are in the process of graduating.
The National Technical Honor Society has a special place in my heart, and I hope that other students get to experience what it has given me to grow and feel acknowledged for my hard work and accomplishments. That’s what I did this summer… Thank you NTHS!“
Pinellas Technical College – Clearwater Campus
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Brittany shared her summer story with us as part of the “Amazing Summer” Essay Contest. Although this contest is over, please stayed tuned for more chances to be published, and win free NTHS swag! And be sure to check out all the NTHS products in our online catalog!
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