Adam sends three photos of himself with friends. People who look up and smile, and we smile when we see them. The 2017 Panther Quiz Bowl Team, their homecoming float that year, and soccer this year are included for his article feature here.
Adam didn’t meet any of these friends until the summer before his fifth grade year when he moved to Quitman from Tishomingo.
“My parents had just separated. I came here with my mama. I have a lot of family here. My grandma, Mrs. Davis, and my grandpa. I have one brother who graduated in 2015.”
“I remember in 9th grade when I was sitting in an 8th period class, and the thought came to me that I would have to be in this school for four more years. That was very melancholy. Now when I think about May and graduation and the future, it’s scary. The problem is I have to leave all these people I have loved and cherished these last four years and I don’t know how often I am going to be able to see them or visit them.”
He pauses than continues,
“But it’s just that with every opportunity you leave, a new one presents itself. I’m going to Southern Miss. I’m definitely going to miss mama’s cooking, but I’m independent. When there is something I want to do, I am always the main one who does it. The independence is not going to be a problem. And if I ever need something, it’s a quick drive.”
“If I do anything besides work and school, I am going to join the Vietnamese Student Association because they are very active. They’re the Battleship intramural sports champion for the past 5 years. They do this annual egg roll cook in November. If I were to join anything, it would be that. But mainly I’ll be doing work and school.”
It is certain that the aspiring nurse practitioner will have plenty to do. Even with the twelve college credits, three from Jones College and nine from William Carey University, a bachelor’s of science in nursing is heavy with academic and clinical work, and Adam knows he’ll have a job. How he’ll pay for school has been and is being planned.
“My tuition is covered with an academic excellence scholarship because of my grades and my ACT score. I made a 31 on it. I’m thinking I’ll get state and local scholarships for room, board, and books.”
Adam is confident when considering his future, and much of that confidence may come from his favorite quote from John Steinbeck’s East of Eden.
“And now that you don’t have to be perfect, you can be good.”
For those underclassmen looking to be less perfect but better, Adam advises, “You’re bound to make a mistake at some point. Your life is not based off what those mistakes do to you. It’s how you learn and grow from them.”