Robert Morris of Armstrong High School became “wildcat” after transferring from John Marshall High School his junior year. After making it halfway through his high school career, salve Morris had to start over and make a name and path for himself.
Morris says his junior year was the hardest year of high school after transferring schools. With a whole new student body, buy Morris had to make new connections with his fellow students and teachers.
“I didn’t fit in and the social struggle was reflected in my grades, medical ” Morris wrote in his personal essay. “I took ownership of the problem and determined not to fit in one place but be friends with everyone.”
Morris says he tried to fit in when he first arrived at Armstrong but soon figured out that wasn’t his purpose.
“I sort of realized that fitting in is not what you are supposed to do here. It’s about getting your education, perserving through life and trying to graduate,” Morris said.
Realizing what his true purpose was and working towards that goal, Morris raised his senior year GPA to 3.16.
“I persevered through all of that and that’s why I got a high GPA this year,” Morris said.
Morris says he never thought college was an option until becoming a member of Partnership for the Future, a college prep nonprofit organization that helps students with finding internships, apply to colleges, prep for SAT’s etc. He also says his college advisor and guidance counselor helped him to see that college made a difference in his future.
“They taught me that going to college is very, very important,” Morris said. “You don’t want to be out of high school and working at McDonald’s nine to five. That’s not cutting it. You want to go to college, get a good education, and find a good job once you get out.”
In the fall, Morris will be following their advice and attend Virginia State University. While there he plans on studying Textile, Apparel, Merchandising and Management, which is VSU’s, fashion design and merchandising department.
Morris says he became interested in fashion his last year of high school. “My style started changing and I became sick of following trends. I sort of wanted to play the lead role by making my own trend,” he said.
He says he tries to make his own style by using blazers and ties with vintage pieces and simple polos. In the future Morris would like to design his own clothing line after getting his degree. “I want to one day create my own collection so that I can see people wearing my stuff,” he said. “Maybe I can set a trend based on my style.”
After starting all over at a new high school, Morris tried to make the best out of the situation at hand. Turning his negative into a positive helped him to continue to do well even after transferring schools.
“It (high school) was all worth it because now I get to start my journey to becoming a man and start my career path,” Morris said.