“When I was younger, external situations made me take school not too serious. I was on my own at a very early age and was required to grow up a little faster. During my senior year in High School, I graduated second to last of my class, barely making the cut to graduate. As I continued my education in college, I struggled to maintain the proper grades to keep me afloat in college. In consequence to my actions, I got kicked out of college and was told I couldn't come back till I proved myself after a semester. During that semester I had off, I really took my situation into perspective, I analyzed the external and internal factors that brought me to that stage of my life.”
“I realized that drinking and doing drugs was not a healthy way to live, and realized that those external factors that I had control over were also messing up my internal factors, such as my thought-process, my emotional state, my financial state, and my academics.
I decided to make a plan to find a way out of that deep hole I was in and decided that that story wouldn't define me, that Eli was made to be much more than that broken Eli. With the help of God, I climbed out of that abyss and returned to college making A's and B's and with a different approach to life and knowing to control the things that I could control, which was my attitude, my perspective, and my actions. I got involved in school and have met so many great people with the same growth-mindset."