A stu­dent’s hopes for the fu­ture

The Progress-Index Weekend - - HOPEWELL - By Matthew Misegades Pa­trick Copeland Ele­men­tary —Matthew Misegades is a fifth grader at Pa­trick Copeland Ele­men­tary. He won first prize for this es­say in the Bet­ter Fu­ture

My name is Matthew Misegades, and I am in the 5th grade in Hopewell, Vir­ginia. I want to dis­cuss why I need col­lege and how it will im­pact my city. There are many rea­sons for go­ing to col­lege in­clud­ing get­ting hired quicker and also mak­ing more money with a de­gree. Go­ing to col­lege will help me to go into a par­tic­u­lar ca­reer path.

I cur­rently LOVE school and our school has been able to bring in some high-school kids to spend time read­ing and help­ing with our lessons. I re­ally EN­JOY that they take the time to make learn­ing fun and ex­cit­ing for the kids. I think I would like to do this when I get older. I want to be able to come back and im­press kids with how school can be more fun. I would like to see dif­fer­ent ca­reers send­ing peo­ple to the schools to show the kids what they would be do­ing if they chose some­thing like be­ing a lawyer or a den­tist. This would def­i­nitely help kids start plan­ning to set goals if they are in­ter­ested if a cer­tain job.

For my­self—I am cur­rently a 2nd De­gree Black Belt here in Hopewell. My plans in­clude open­ing my own af­ter-school and sum­mer pro­gram for the kids in my city. I am cur­rently an as­sis­tant in­struc­tor at my Mar­tial Arts School. I have passed on what I have learned to other kids to make them more con­fi­dent in them­selves. I see the im­por­tance of these pro­grams to keep kids busy and ac­tive dur­ing the sum­mer. I have re­ally en­joyed this and I feel I have been suc­cess­ful in learn­ing the skills needed to teach. I want to in­clude all kids—even the ones that can­not af­ford my pro­gram. I will look for spon­sors to as­sist with get­ting the lo­cal kids in.

I am look­ing for­ward to col­lege to learn the busi­ness man­age­ment side of train­ing. I know there are rules and reg­u­la­tions for own­ing my own busi­ness—also get­ting the plan started and funded. Col­lege classes will give me the in­struc­tions on how to max­i­mize my po­ten­tial for run­ning my own com­pany. I am ex­cited to get my city in­volved in help­ing our fu­ture.

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