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Tyler’s Journey: An Update
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by Guest Blogger + Boys Town Graduate

tags: Saving Children, Youth Stories

Tyler’s Journey: An Update

Hello! My name is Tyler Simmons and I am a Boys Town graduate from the class of 2012. I can remember that graduation day like yesterday, and I can say it has been one of the best experiences of my life still. As of today I am a Junior at Black Hills State University in Spearfish, South Dakota and it is a tremendous experience as I am nearing my senior year of college. Attending Boys Town a few years ago was probably the best thing that could have happened for me going into college. It definitely prepared me for being a college student and focusing on getting my next award, which is my college degree.

My major is Exercise Science-Management and it is a very interesting field of study for me as I love to exercise and be around physical activity, as well as understand the business aspects of it. I believe that exercising and being around a team of people who help you mature and become more discipline are some of the things in life that you cannot put a price on. Boys Town definitely helped me build that discipline and teamwork when I was a student there, an athlete there, and a brother to my classmates there.

The people who commit themselves to Boys Town and help so many younger individuals mature and grow are the real heroes in the world. It is definitely priceless job to make lost youth find hope and create a brighter future for the next generations to come. I was one of those younger individuals that was still trying to find out who I was and where I fit in, in life. With the caring people at Boys Town, I was able to find my self-worth, and now I can take that with me and try to reach out to others as the others have reached out to me. Everyday, I think about how I can make the world a better place. I want to be like those who help at Boys Town and help the future of our world grow.

I always reminisce the moments I shared with everybody during my time at Boys Town. It comes into my conversations literally every other day. I always talk about how safe, fun, and enjoyable it was. It is an experience that I would love to be able to live again. Sometimes I truly can’t believe it has been 3 years since I’ve been a student at Boys Town, because I remember every single memory as if it were yesterday and that was the happiest part of my life because it made me a better person and appreciate everything that I have.

I am glad to say, that I am doing well and that I am doing better each and everyday. I wouldn’t be in as great of shape as I am right now without the experience and help of Boys Town. The support system is as strong as any family in the world, and I couldn’t be more grateful . It has been a blessing.