A Day in the Life of a Night Student Part 2
These are the people I be with, see everyday. These are some old heads out there drinking. They didn’t want their picture taken so I took one of their shadows. I told them to hold their beers up and I took the picture. I don’t mess with drinking during the day, especially since I have to go to school. During the day I wake up, smoke, clean up my house. Do all my homework. I don’t have a job. Mainly just do my homework and clean up my house. I graduate next year. I want to get my high school diploma because I’d like to work on cars, you know, I want to build things. Not only that—at the end of the day, I’d like to do criminal justice, like SWAT. That’s my future. Move out of D.C., have a family, a house. The more and more I go to Spingarn, more I think about things I could be doing in the future. If I don’t come here, I can’t do those things. Spingarn does play a huge part in that. I don’t have a job now. I’ve been in it and searching [for a job] but they see you don’t have a high school diploma, they won’t even look at your application. When I was in day school, I was a totally different person than what I am now. Bad, fighting all the time, back and forth from the alternative schools to the day schools to the point that I couldn’t go to day school no more because I was too old. So I came to Spingarn STAY. I like it here, the way the teachers teach, so I stayed. Mr. White, Ms. Dow, Ms. Dolan, and Mr. Chase. Mr. Carter. Those, the teachers that really inspired me, they told me I really got to ‘do this,’ ‘read this,’ you know. They wanted you to work and participate and come to their class. I really like the way they teach. When I came here, I stayed here.