Institutional Education Programs
Sothern Regional Jail Making All The Difference
Ladies and gentlemen, it gives me such great pleasure to be able to discuss how obtaining my GED has affected my life. Please bare with me. Before I go on I must tell you about the man who helped to instill some great qualities in me. His name is Mr. Mike Barrett. If it wasn't for Mr. B, as we call him, I wouldn't have this story to share with you how this man pushed and pushed. I wasn't accustomed to someone pushing me for success.
Now will let me share some of my past experiences. First of all I came into the world with a drug addiction. My mother and father abused heroin and alcohol. My parents abandoned me and I was left to be raised by my aunt and grandmother. At five years of age I started a life of crime from the age of 5 until 37 when I came to be incarcerated at the Southern Regional Jail. Two months into being at the S.R.J. I started school. At first this experience was very overwhelming. Mr. B, little did I know, he was my match. I came up with excuse after excuse and he being Mr. B would say, "So'. Mr. B has this famous saying that he loves to say and wants you to commit to your memory and it goes like this: "Excuses are the tools for the incompetent and those that rely on them are seldom good at anything".
After I finally realized that he was more stubborn than I was, I buckled down and started to apply myself. It has not been an easy road nor do I believe that any successful road will be. I can tell you that obtaining my GED was not an easy task. I no longer fear education. I look forward to becoming a substance abuse counselor. The day I received my GED diploma the fire that was lit under my feet still continues to burn like that day in November when I received my GED diploma.
Thank you for your time. W.
This letter was submitted by Mike Barrett, Instructor at the Southern Regional Jail. It is in its original format.
Posted:February 8, 2010