Before I begin I want to say how happy I was to find the Imperial Valley Press online. In 1991, I was a paperboy for the I.V. Press and always dreamed of writing for the sports section.
Ten years later I'm stationed in Okinawa, Japan, serving in our beloved Marine Corps.
I can tell you right now that no matter how hard times have gotten or how I sometimes wished I would have gone to college, I couldn't be any prouder to say I am a Marine.
With only eight months left in the military and hopes of becoming a California Highway Patrol officer, I find myself in the middle of the biggest crisis the world has seen since Pearl Harbor. My future now holds many question marks and the thoughts of beautiful California and family are on hold.
With everything that is going on, I find myself more mature and calmer than ever, not the same person who was kicked out of Mr. Lira's Spanish class at Central Union High School or the rebellious teen who started food fights at lunch.