The “dragon” that I would like to defeat is getting my cosmetology license. I am going to slay my “dragon” by working hard in cosmetology and studying from the book every night. I will feel very accomplished after I pass my state board test. In order to slay by “dragon” I must first learn everything there is to learn about cosmetology in less than nine months. I get stressed out about doing so because cutting and coloring hair is not as easy as it sounds.
To start of the two hour tryout, the head coach had each player go through intense drills in order to gauge each player’s capabilities. I believe that I completed the drills correctly and to the best of my ability. In my mind, I felt that tryouts was going to become repetitive, with the coach repeating the same sequences. However, about one hour into practice, our coach decided that in order to really see how good each player was he had all of the players from different teams and play multiple scrimmages to finish out the day. In the games, I realized how many players who were better than me were out there in the state.
When they heard they had to speak Navajo they were nervous some had forgot their language over time. Some words are unused in the original Navajo language so many new words were created from pairing old words together. Boot camp was long for these special soldiers they had to go through a school as well as physical training to become the marines that they were.The average class time learning this new code was eight weeks, not including boot camp. This code was taught at an American base called Camp Elliot which was mostly dedicated to the secretive Code
In 2013 I joined the varsity wrestling team. I had never wrestled, and I was not not physically fit, but I wanted to try something new and challenging. I learned the basics of wrestling and competed within two weeks of my first training. I was inexperience and there were many things I did not know, but I worked hard to defeat my opponents and become fit and agile. By the end of the season I wrestled my way into the regional competitions.
What’s the purpose of friendship? Unfortunately, I was forced to learn this the hard way when I attended the ‘Virginia Aerospace Science and Technology Scholars’ Summer Academy over the summer of my junior year. The experience at the academy was unlike any other, but the challenge to make new friends was the most intimidating there than anywhere else that I’ve visited, especially at my own school. Yet, my school holds many of the common and well known people, such as teachers, that I could lean on for mental support, while at the academy had everything but Franklin County. What I meant by ‘but Franklin County’, I am actually referring to the wide varieties of different ethnicities and educational backgrounds that imploded into one single summer
My First Wrestling Match There were about two weeks before my first wrestling match. After a tough practice, I went to check my weight like everyone else does, and my heart sunk as I realize that I am six pounds over my weight class. The weight class I am wrestling in is one hundred and thirteen pounds, but I weigh one hundred and nineteen. I was very nervous that my coach would find out and be displeased with me. I began to worry because being six pounds over meant that I could only eat a little bit each day, and work extra to lose all of the weight.
We also raise colts, and we train a lot of them. Recently, I broke my very first colt that was given to me by a mom. It was a huge learning experience and extremely rewarding, but required a lot of patience, time, and responsibility. After I got this colt riding really nicely, I decided to sell him. He was only a two year old, so it would be awhile before I could really start him on the barrels hard because his joints hadn’t fully developed yet.
I started training at North Carolina Martial Arts College (NCMAC) in 2009 as a white belt. NCMAC is a karate school that teaches the Korean art of Tang Soo Do. As I trained in the art, I was promoted to the rank of 1st Dan, black belt, in 2012. After my promotion, I began to volunteer as an instructor at NCMAC. As an instructor, most of my time in class was teaching, the majority of my learning and practicing happened outside of or between classes.
This event had the most effect on my life, it lead me to be the person that I am today. Joining the military was a much-needed event. Before joining the military, I would stay out late at night with my friends and I really did not know what I wanted to do next with my life. This was of course something that I needed to change because I needed to have some idea of what I wanted. On September 11, 2001 while I was at school, I arrived to my second class of the day where the teacher was watching the September 11 attacks as they were happening live on TV.
Sometimes it is difficult to understand someone until you really experience their life. I discovered this first hand just last year in a life changing decision that left me enlightened, grateful, shameful, but most importantly a better person. This move was going to a basketball preparatory school and being one of the only Caucasians in the whole program and the school we attended. I learned so much on microstructural, mesostructural and macrostructural levels and what began to seem normal to me changed so much due to a new type of culture. Everything was different, from the way I was with my new friends to my relationship with teachers at school and even the way people looked at me as we travelled to different places for different tournaments.
What was difficult for me was that after my dismissal I immediately began applying for jobs and handing out my resume. Went on many interviews and made top 5 and then top two. I could not find a job, I would make first, second, and third process interviews but could never get a position. I had assumed it was because of my education, I did finish high school but just a few semesters of college. I focused on my family that started really young, before I graduated high school, I had my first child and in my early twenties had two more.
Ropes Course Reflection The ropes course in week 5 of my first year will always stand in my mind as a line of demarcation in self-awareness as I examined my own approach to communication, trust and leadership. In anticipation of the ropes course, a cohort member posted a video on our FB page of one of the unnerving challenges. Needless to say, I arrived that day feeling a bit unsettled about how many fears I would be asked to confront. Although, I might have arrived reluctant and squeamish, I soon forgot it when we started to engage in games required swift yet effective communication. My competitive nature kicked in as Alejandro and I carefully strategized a plan to remain the last “driver” and “tank” standing, and I squealed with delight
The team later had a meeting after the 999th game. The main topic was “We want to win more games.” The coach was the first one to speak and what he said was very off topic from what was expected. The coach’s first words were, if we don 't win more games we will end up shutting down the for good. The coach stared at the team for an even five years. Everyone’s eyes were locked on the coach.