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    (November 11, 2006)


Tara's paragraph gives us an inside look at her decision to return to school and her hopes for the future.

Serious Decision

     As I sat at my computer, browsing through websites that contained information on various academic programs, I made a serious decision: the decision to go back to school and complete my high school education. It was approximately three weeks ago, a beautiful sunshiny day, the first of its  kind in quite some time. I could almost smell the change. Perhaps it was that of the weather, but I believe that it was something within myself. I sat there for a little while staring at the computer screen but thinking mostly about a rather expensive toddler bed for my daughter, though a little over what I could afford. That's when I realized the answer was right in front of my face. If I wanted my dreams to come true, if I wanted to give my daughter everything she deserves—a good start in life, a college fund, a mother to look up to, maybe even a home of our own one day—then I needed to make the serious decision to take the first step towards improving our lives.

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