Today I graduate. Today I actually finish something I started.

Today I graduate. Today I actually finish something I started. Today I walk away with friends and knowledge. But most of all I leave with hope, the same hope that quickly faded with every school that passed but this will not pass.

Sometimes you underestimate how much a course can do for you. I know I did. But when I look back I can see that STREAT is one of the defining factors in my life. I will never have to work in fast food, which was one of my greatest fears. I was trained in taking orders, using the cash register, making all types of coffee and serving food and drinks to real customers.

It was so nerve wracking but the staff made me so confident and informed that I stopped worrying and knew I could do it if I just kept trying. I’m so proud of myself and I never thought I would say that.