It Takes a Village

By: Sean Winston

My name is Sean Winston and I graduated from Green Street Academy which is located in Baltimore City, Maryland. In the fall, I’ll be attending the Community College of Baltimore County. Though I was accepted into numerous four-year schools, my family and I decided that starting at a community college would be the best decision for me, because I graduated from high school at a very young age. While in high school, I was senior class president, I won numerous superlatives, and I was also voted Mr. GSA (Green Street Academy) 2017. I am very proud of my accomplishments. These accomplishments made me realize that people actually liked me and approved of the work I did, which was pretty cool.

“I’ve always enjoyed working with plants; my senior capstone project was about the effects of penicillin on aloe plants.”

I plan on transferring from community college to a four-year university and becoming a scientist who specializes in working with plants. I’ve always enjoyed working with plants; my senior capstone project was about the effects of penicillin on aloe plants, and it was very interesting. I figure that my work in plant science will be how I impact the world.

In addition to being a scholar, I have enjoyed playing numerous school sports. I’m not sure if I want to play sports on the collegiate level yet. During my senior year, I had the opportunity to work with retired NFL player Joel Gamble and the Joel Gamble Foundation as a referee for their free youth flag football league. The experience of working with that organization allowed me to work with neighborhood kids, enjoy one of my favorite sports, meet NFL players, and get paid — my job had perks! Mr. Joel could be doing anything else, but he decided to give back to young people in his community. I will do the same one day.

“Have you heard of the saying, “it takes a village to raise a child,” well that’s what my high school career was like. My “village” included my family, friends, school staff members, community members and people at my internships.”

My family was very involved throughout my entire high school career and the college application process. If I didn’t get something done on time, my College Advisor, Ms. Hypolite, would call or text my parents, which always made me get myself together. Through everything, my family pushed me and they held my hand at the same time. The staff at Green Street Academy was very helpful as well. They were always available for me, I felt like we were a family. Have you heard of the saying, “it takes a village to raise a child,” well that’s what my high school career was like. My “village” included my family, friends, school staff members, community members and people at my internships. Did I mention that I had an internship too? I did! Networking was very important to me. I was able to build relationships with people who I never thought I would.

Overall my high school experience and college application process had its highs and lows, but I wouldn’t change a thing about it. So many people did so much to help me when they didn’t have to. I appreciate them all. Thank you.