St. Ignatius
Sean

Chapter One: Who were you?
Hi, my name is Sean Milburn! I was born on January 25, 2007, and I am a twin. I also have 3 other brothers. I started at an elementary school called Glen Park, and it wasn’t the best, but it wasn’t the worst. At Glen Park Elementary, I learned countless things because I was there for 6 years! I started in kindergarten and stayed all the way to 5th grade. When I think back on my time in elementary school, I think of all of the friends and nice memories I have.  In fact, I’m still friends with someone from that school and his name is Suitulaga Gallegos-Hunkin. We both go to FSA and have had a great time here.

I had a rough start in 6th grade, but I’m improving every day. In 6th grade, people would have no faith in me and said I would never do great in school, but I have proved them wrong and have done my best to succeed. My teachers over the past 3 years were and are great. Some teachers have left and some teachers have joined the community. Some have still been here since day 1 (Shout out to Mr. G and Ms. Gomez!) I’ve made a ton of memories at FSA with not only my friends but also my teachers as well. I am so glad I was able to join the FSA community and take on these opportunities to the next level. I’m also glad that I was able to meet such amazing people who encourage me to keep moving on in life. 

Chapter Two: How have you grown as a scholar?
In 6th grade, math was not my strong suit. In fact, I used to be doubted in that class and was told I could not succeed in school just because of my math skills. Little did they know, they were wrong. Starting in 7th grade, I have tried my hardest to succeed in math as well as my other subjects. I used to have bad grades in 6th grade, and now I have great grades and an impressive GPA. I learned how to speak up and ask for help when I need it, how to focus on a topic that is difficult to me, and how to communicate with teachers when I need something. All of that hard work has paid off. I no longer have to worry as much about my academics because I know what it takes to be successful, and I work hard to succeed to my fullest potential. 

In 6th grade, I was also not the best at science, but now I’m great at it. I’ve learned a lot about particles, plants, organisms, our earth, and much more. I wouldn’t be able to know and learn all these things without the help of Ms. Gomez. Ms. Gomez has taught me all the things I need to know about science, which is now easier for me to understand. I like to learn about our atmosphere and the particles around us because it’s cool, interesting, and sometimes even crazy. 

I’d like to give another shout-out to all my teachers for teaching me the things I need to know to succeed. 

Chapter Three: How have you grown as a person?
In August of 2018, I started 6th grade at FSA; I was a shy person and didn’t like talking to people much, but over time I’ve become more comfortable around everyone. Back then, I used to have few to no friends, but now I’m friends with everyone in my class and communicate and connect with all of my classmates and teachers well. Starting at FSA in August 2018, my teachers would say, “Treat your classmates like your brothers and sisters.” At first, I was a little confused about what that meant, but when I started making friends here at FSA, it made more sense to me. Now everyone in my class is like a brother or sister to me; if they have my back, I have theirs. Without my classmates being there for me, I don’t think I would have fit in the FSA community. Thank you to all my peers for being there for me and without you guys, my life would have been a whole lot different. 

Chapter Four: What are your talents/passions?
Sports, family/community, education, and health, are some of the things I am most passionate about. By going to SI, I think that it will help me grow even more because... 1. I’m going to be in a whole new community full of new people 2. I can better myself in sports by joining the football team or basketball team and strive to be one of the best, and 3. Since I know that SI is challenging when it comes to academics, I can take classes I’ve never taken before or challenging ones to better my education. At SI, I want to participate in movements or events that have to do with social justice.  It’s good to fight for a change because sometimes asking for one, just isn’t enough. I care about people’s lives and some are not appreciated enough; that’s why I want to fight for what’s right and make a difference. Whenever it’s that time of the month to celebrate a certain topic, (Black history month, international women's day/month, LGBTQ month, etc.) that’s the time where I or we can help out by supporting those who need it, joining movements, or making petitions for them. Why not help/support those who need it? It’s all about that idea of giving back. If someone has taught you a very special thing, then give back by teaching someone else that important information.  

Chapter Five: What does it all mean for your family?
Essential Questions: What does it mean for your son to go to SI? How does this impact you and/or your family?  

My Mom and Dad's response: 
We are very thankful Sean is given the opportunity to attend Saint Ignatius College Preparatory.  We are proud of Sean for all his accomplishments with the Father Sauer Academy and we are excited about what lies ahead for him as he is preparing for College with Saint Ignatius.    

He will be our third son going to College and that means the world to us. We wish him the very best always. From the bottom of our hearts, thank you for bringing out the best in our son and giving him access to a bright future. 

Essential question: What does success mean to you? 

Me: To me, success is an accomplishment heading towards your goals. I say this because, for you to succeed in life, you need to accomplish your goals. Success is like the big main goal you want to achieve over life, but it’s not easy to do. You must be passionate about your goals,  persistent with your hard work, stay out of trouble, focus on life, and try your hardest. 

Chapter Six: Who do you want to be?
When I grow up, I want to be a lot of things and I don’t know what career I want to have, but here are a few things I want to do and be in the future: I want to be a famous athlete or a lawyer,  I want to help those in need, I want to be a real estate agent, I want to invest in stocks and become wealthy (therefore instead of me working for the money, I can have companies work for me), I want to go to my dream college, which is Clemson, and I want to play on the Clemson football team. Now I know this is a lot, but this is just who I want to be in the future and things I want to do. If it takes me all my life to accomplish those goals, then it will take me all my life. As I said before, I’m willing to take that risk. 

I think I still need help in my academics. I know that SI is going to be a big step for me, and I want to make sure that I am ready for that step. Even though I have been preparing for this moment for almost 3 years now, I feel that I still need that extra step. No one is a finished product, as they all say, that’s why no one is perfect. No matter what, we all need growth, and there are many ways we can do that, whether that’s asking for extra help, or doing extra credit in class, or whatever it takes to grow even more. I have many years to grow and going to SI is just like another step of the process. SI will teach me how to be a better scholar, a better friend, a better athlete, and a better person. I don’t care how long it takes me to fully develop, but that’s a risk I’m willing to take. Sometimes you just need to take risks to accomplish your goals.