The Alleyway

By Alana Edgin
On February 9, 2017

Earlier this week, a thought passed through my head about my brother Ben.

I know normally, if I talk about family, it’s about my parents. But I’ve come to realize that Ben, my 16, almost 17 year old brother, will be graduating high school in a year.

Ben is a stoic guy. He’s at least 6 feet tall now, probably. He is the middle child, so he was often the peace keeper between Kee (14, almost 15 years old) and myself.

Anyway, Ben has decided he wants to be a biomedical engineer. For those of you like me that don’t know what that means, the job entails making prosthetics. He will make far more money than I will.

He is the smart child. Of course, all three of us are smart, but he understands math, which I don’t. Ben has helped me with college algebra before, just so you understand how intelligent he is. We also have no idea where this spark of mathematical genius comes from.

My lack of math skills is one reason I’m a writing major. But Ben, on the other hand, speaks math fluently.

Often, Ben doesn’t speak up and doesn’t make decisions. He’s kind of a "take what I get" type of guy on decisions. When we ask him where he wants to eat, he wants options. The few times he decides something, we tend to be jokingly shocked.

Maybe he’s like this because Kee and I are so outspoken, but I think Ben is just a stoic, dependable guy.

So, Ben will be going to college a year after I graduate. He will join the masses of students roaming whatever campus is awarded with his presence. He’ll have a roommate (hopefully awesome), quirky professors (I hope), and all the things that come with college.

I’m not worried about him going to college. He’s smart and on top of things. Ben will probably rock college with ease, or as much ease as possible. He’ll join clubs and make friends. Hopefully he’ll enjoy college as much as I have.

As I end my year with ASU, my brother will begin his college journey. It’s strange, seeing my younger brothers grow up. But I’m proud of both Ben and Kee.

Soon enough, they will be moving on from high school, doing whatever. My parents will probably start their world tour, and I hope they make it to Paris, France. They’ve always wanted to go.

Anyways, my brothers are giving life their best shots. Let’s all try to give this college thing out best shot too.

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