On September 8,2009 the President of America Barack Obama gave his education speech. It was very interesting and it enlightened me in many different ways. Barack Obama spoke a lot about why staying in school is very important. As he spoke there was a lot of great reasons why school is the key to success in life. He also let everyone in America know that there's no easy way out. In order to accomplish any goals that I may set for myself I will need an education. Some of the things President Barack Obama stated can reflect on my life and things that I may have gone through.

When Barack Obama said "These people succeeded because they understand that you can't let your failures define you �you have to let them teach you. You have to let them show you what to do differently next time" . I can really relate to this because I've failed and was unable to graduate on time. Although this wasn't caused from bad grades but, because of me losing my temper and allowing myself to engage in a physical fight in the school building. Yes, there were consequences I had to deal with, which meant no prom, no senior trip and definitely no graduation ceremony. I was devastated, and almost everybody told me I would never graduate from high school. It seemed as if everyone lost hope in me. But I didn't lose hope in myself. I learned from my mistakes and now I know what is more important. That is the reason why I am in school right now.

Listening to President Barack Obama's education speech taught me to have no excuses. To me this meant always be accountable for my actions. Instead of making excuses I need to take responsibility of all the things I do. When he says complete your goals that really means a lot to me. There are times I set goals for myself and never succeed in them. There is no excuse for me not accomplishing my goals, If I set goals I now know I must complete them because all I'm doing is disappointing myself. Having an education is like money, If you do not attend school or go to college then I most likely won't have a proper well paying job. President Barack Obama speech has made me realize that we set our own future and depending on what we choose to do then that will be the outcome.

I've made great interpretation of what The President of America has said. Especially when he states "I know that sometimes, you get the sense from TV that you can be rich and successful without any hard work -- that your ticket to success is through rapping or basketball or being a reality TV star, when chances are, you're not going to be any of those things" . That's a true statement because most people do think that they can become successful just from being on TV. When I sit down and really think about how life today is I will come across a point when I need a back up plan, which is school. In case I can't able to become a superstar.I can still have an education that will allow me to benefit from it. Becoming a rapper or basketball player is one out of ten possible, it is not for everyone. Even if so I will probably still need an education to be in the field of work like that. That's another reason why Barack Obama education speech has inspired me so much.

I've learned from this speech that nothing is given to me in life. President Barack Obama says "But the truth is, being successful is hard" which is true. you will need to be in a mind state that you have to work hard for what ever it is I may want. This means excelling in school. He has giving me the courage to be able to want success for myself and not to worry about what other people think and say. When I am able to say I accomplish my goals and became successful I will be more proud of myself than anyone else would ever be proud of me. His speech let's me know that it is alright to make a mistake, as long as I am capable to take responsibility for my actions and never give up. "Some of the most successful people in the world are the ones who had the most failures" said President Obama. Saying this reassured me that no one in this world is perfect, but my life will be determined on how much work and effort I put into whatever it is I am striving for. I applaud President Barack Obama for his education speech. It was more than a speech for me. I observed it as a wake up call to the world of young adults.
© Dekia Alston 2009