Petro Law Firm August 2019

August 2019

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Adjusting to the New School Year Allee and Carlee Continuing Their Dreams

When I think about everything my daughters have accomplished and where they are now in their lives, it makes me incredibly proud. This month, my youngest daughter, Allee, will start her second year as a sophomore at Ole Miss, which she’s very excited about. My oldest daughter, Carlee, graduated from Birmingham College about a year ago, and, while she won’t be going to classes this fall, she’s looking forward to heading back to Birmingham to continue her career as the school’s tennis coach. I remember back when Allee entered college for the first time. She was a little apprehensive and struggled a little bit in her first semester. Allee wasn’t really sure how she felt about being away from home for the first time and even considered changing schools, but she stuck with her choice, and it worked out for her. Aside from homesickness, Allee also had to get used to a whole new environment. I think school gets a little harder for everyone in college, especially when you don’t have Mom or Dad there to make sure you’re doing everything you’re supposed to. Luckily, Allee didn’t have too much trouble with that. During the first several months, she was busy going to her classes, doing all her schoolwork, and getting acclimated to the new environment she was thrown into. But by the time she walked into her second semester, she had adapted really well and was excited to be there.

“I think school gets a little harder for everyone in college, especially when you don’t have Mom or Dad there to make sure you’re doing everything you’re supposed to.”

and took several art classes. Allee has an amazing artistic flare and is very interested in design; I wouldn’t be surprised if she decided to pursue a career in architecture. One summer, she took a three-week class at Parsons School of Design in New York, and that solidified her enthusiasm in art. Allee was very excited to be in the cool part of New York and take art classes at the same time. It was awesome to watch her pursue her dreams and grow her passion.

my freshman year in college, I struggled to get used to how things worked, especially the social aspect, which was pretty difficult for me to adjust to. I didn’t realize how outwardly social college would be, but I managed to get through it, just like Allee. Carlee, on the other hand, didn’t struggle at all. She was very focused when she entered school and knew exactly what she wanted to do. Carlee was in her element at college, and she continues to enjoy the atmosphere there while she coaches. It’s hard to put into words exactly how proud I am having watched Carlee and Allee succeed in life. I’m very happy to be here for them and excited to see what this new year will bring.

During her second semester, Allee started getting more involved with her own interests

Thinking about Allee going into her sophomore year reminds me a lot about myself. During

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