Meet Harold Enick

The First or Final Step

For some of us this is the final step in our educational goals, but for the rest of us, this is only the first step in what will be a short, but long journey to meet our educational goals. No matter which it is for you, it is a milestone set, not just in your life, but in the lives of who you will touch along your journey, as well.

Today, I graduate with a degree in Early Childhood. This is a great accomplishment for me, because a short five years ago, I lived a life full of alcohol; a life where it seemed that no one, including myself, believed that I would ever amount to anything. Today, I am just over 6 years sober and can celebrate my new life and my education!

The goals I set are not just for me, they are also for my 10 –year- old son, Nathaneal , who means the world to me. I went out and pursued a college education and achieved one. I know in my heart and pray that someday he will do the same.

I also hope that my fellow peers who are also my age, as well as the youth of my community, will look at me and say, “if he can do it, why don’t I give it a shot!?”. Five years ago I was the last person who thought I would be accepting a college degree especially in Early Childhood. Today I have learned that anything is attainable and possible, with commitment and hard work.

I am thankful for the support of my community. The people in my life did not give up on me; they encouraged me to move on. I am a recipient of the Confederated Tribes of Umatilla Indian Reservation scholarship. Although, limited, the scholarship helped me fund my degree at Blue Mountain Community College.

I am fortunate to be surrounded by people who believe in me. In return, I admire them. They motivated me to be successful and to become the best I can be.

My most significant inspirations are the children. At Head Start, I work with 3, 4 and 5 -year -old children. These children inspired me and without them I may have not been here today. It was through these kids, that I once again realized how meaningful life is. It is through their laughter that I again appreciated how much fun life is. Their innocence showed me that it is ok to be yourself. Their tears showed me that it was ok to fall and get hurt, to get back up brush yourself off and keep moving forward.

So for those of you where this is the final stop, I would like to congratulate you on your accomplishments and to encourage you to someday keep moving forward with your education. For those of you who have already decided to keep going, I congratulate you as well and wish each and every one of you the best of luck. And for those who are considering taking that first step towards achieving your academic goals and life dreams, I encourage you to take it. You will never know if you can do it if you do not try.

I wish all of us good luck and kachi-yaw-yaw. Thank you.