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Sherry TannerCollege beyond my yearsWhen I graduated from high school at eighteen years of age I thought I was an accomplished graduate because no one in my family made it past tenth grade all high school drop outs without goals or drive for better education I never really thought of myself as smart or even driven I finished with the intention of going on to college to make my Mother proud College was the goal but I had no solid foundation to stand on My Mother would say Im so proud you made it through high school because none of us have So to me I had achieved more than the rest of my family My Mother rarely encouraged me to go to school She thought and was excited for me to get pregnant early so she could be a Grandmother That wasnt going to happen Kids having kids didnt seem like much of a fun plan As a young girl I knew I wanted to accomplish two things move to California away from wet Washington and to work with people I was a shy kid and very insecure a quality I picked up from my Mother A MONKEY ON MY BACK Thats what I call it The monkey being my Mother relentless passive aggressive words not meant to hurt me I soon realized those hurtful words would justify all my fears I thought countless times of what I wanted to be or do The title blue collar worker sounded more like a construction worker in a large orange hat holding a flag I wasnt going to do that My early admiration toward helping others laid a foundation for my interest in working with people I knew when I was to move to California I was going to college and eventually do something meaningful By the time I got to California in June of 1984 I knew I would basically be on my own Being
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