The transition from childhood to adulthood is an inevitable juncture that we all must come across in our lives. This transition requires great responsibility and maturity and can appear to be very difficult, but always proves to be useful.
An accomplishment that marked my transition from childhood to adulthood within my community and family was being elected Student Body President of La Salle Academy. I was ecstatic and in utter shock. I was making the shift from being just a student to a leader amongst the students, as well as a voice for the students. I was now responsible for not only myself and reputation, work ethic and such, but [also] the reputation of all the La Sallian students. Upon becoming President, I took on a mass of responsibility which I was well aware of and ready to carry.
The fact that I was willing to step up to the plate and have the onus on my shoulders, showed that I was ready to make the difficult yet necessary transition into manhood. As expected, my teachers, mentors, and family were very happy for me, and in their eyes I was making a huge leap in terms of maturity.
Being Student Body President is very similar to being a father or an influential figure in a person’s life. I am a senior and the younger students tend to look up to me, essentially, to learn the ropes of being in high school, but even more so as being a man. Therefore, I am now a role model for others. I have stepped into the realm of adulthood. Each day, whether in school or not, I am modeling for the students of La Salle Academy and setting an example for them to strive to. I endure for others, willingly, which is what adults and men do.
In life, parents of a child are not only their primary providers, but most times, their primary role model in life. In becoming Student Body President, I not only received a title, I made the transition from childhood to adulthood and have prepared myself for life in the real world.
BY GREGORY RANSOM
EDITOR’S NOTE: Gregory Ransom, Jr. is the author of this essay, which was submitted with his successful application for a Spring Creek Towers College Award Program 2014 scholarship. He was awarded a scholarship of $2000 annually while earning his undergraduate degree. Ransom is enrolled at Wesleyan University where he is a biology major. He graduated from La Salle Academy.