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MHS Graduate Perseveres Through Personal Struggle

Tatianna Wilson

One of the hardest things to do is admit you need help. For Tatianna Wilson, that moment came when issues at home began affecting her performance in the classroom. She still showed up for class and was able to turn in her work, but mentally she had started checking out.

“I tried my hardest not to let what was happening in my personal life interfere with school,” said Tatianna. “It was just really hard to focus.” 

Prior to hitting this rough patch, Tatianna was excelling academically and looking ahead to college. During the summer prior to her freshman year, Tatianna was given an opportunity to spend a week at UC Merced. She got to live in dorms, participate in on-campus activities and get a taste of what college life was like. And although the showers took some getting used to, the entire experience had a profound effect on her. 

“I always knew I wanted to go to college, but being able to be on-campus and talk to the professors and the students really answered a lot of the questions I had,” said Tatianna. “It made the possibility more real for me.”

In order to get back on track, Tatianna leaned on her faith and her family. She also began visiting with a counselor. A moment of clarity struck when Tatianna realized how fortunate she was to be able to continue her education after high school. Knowing that there are some students who would love to go to college but wouldn’t have the opportunity further strengthened her resolve. 

“Everyone from my family and my teachers encouraged me to keep going, get the most out of the experience and to do something with the degree I earn,” said Tatianna. “They also advised me not to take any breaks because, once you stop going to school, most people never go back again.” 

Tatianna has spent the last couple of months getting the most out of the remainder of her senior year. She’s grateful for the opportunity to go back to school and is excited about having an in-person graduation. Her sister, who was a member of the Class of 2020 and missed out on the senior activities, was the first to receive a ticket. 

Looking back, Tatianna believes that a big part of what kept her motivated to push through her hardship was being involved with school groups. There was always something to look forward to. 

“My advice for any student is to find groups or clubs that you’re interested in and join,” said Tatianna. “And don’t be ashamed if you like being at school. Be true to yourself.”

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