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Shiloh graduated from Street School in June 2022 and was invited to speak at our ceremony. This is an excerpt from her speech:Shiloh - Student Stories

I was a high school dropout. I dropped out in Grade 8 and became a teenage mom, and not graduating was something that I always regretted as my kids grew up.

It was the fear that kept me from walking in the door, the fear of failure, or not being smart enough. That fear kept me from walking through these doors for 24 years, and I ended up falling into alcohol and drug addiction. When I got better and got into recovery, recovery has taught me that you face your fears, and you hold goals for yourself. And so I was left with a choice at that point because it was something that was really important to me.

And the choice was, am I going to allow the fear to keep me from doing something that I really want to do? Or am I going to face the fear by walking in the door?

To someone not sure about coming back to school, I would say that it definitely can be done, that you should go, and that if it's something you really want, do it. Because the only thing that's holding you back is yourself and your fears.



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