Throughout the book Warriors Don’t Cry Melba Pattillo Beals has to deal with unruly racism and ignorance in order to integrate to Central High School. But even with the hateful comments and actions she keeps her head held high, and though it may fall sometimes her family and friends are there to keep her motivated. In chapter 4 Grandma India testifies to Melba after she cries because she is not able to go to the wrestling match, due to the fear that someone would recognize her, “ You’re a warrior on the battlefield for your lord.” (44). Melba takes her grandmother’s words far in her on going battle with bigotry, racism, segregation, and injustice.
Imagine growing up in darkness. Or not being able to hear anything from your own breath to your loved one’s voices. Helen Keller was a girl who had to deal with both of those consequences. Yet she stood as a great role modle to people all around the world. Helen Keller has made a huge impact on the deaf and blind community.
Helen Keller “The best and most beautiful things in the world can’t be seen or even touched… they must be felt with the heart”- Helen Keller. Helen Keller was born on June 27,1880 in Tuscumbia, Alabama. She lived the normal life until the year 1882, when she got an illness that would mark the rest of her life. Helen Keller knew her life would change completely and would be hard.
Author C.S Lewis once stated that “Hardships often prepare ordinary people for an extraordinary destiny,” seemingly explaining that those who experience adversity prosper in difficult situations. It is what we experience for the worst that changes us for the better. Roman poet Horace asserts this claim, saying that adversity plays into an individual’s character. He claims that talent arises from adversity and becomes prosperous in normally dormant situations. I believe this claim to be true as it can be seen in numerous historical events and works of literature alike.
Obstacles are hard to overcome but when they are faced they become the past and the future will contain confidence. I know when I have to face my obstacles I try to hide. I wonder what it would be like not to face them, but they can't be pushed. They have to be faced and passed because if not they are going to show up later. If they show up later what is going to happen then, they can't just be pushed them away they are still going to be there.
An accomplishment can have many meanings to different people. Helen Keller’s quoted, “No pessimist ever discovered the secret of stars, or sailed to an uncharted land, or opened a new doorway for the human spirit.” Erik Weihenmayer, has changed the definition of accomplishment to a higher degree. Weihenmayer has been the first blind person to climb to the top of Mount Everest. Erik is able to achieve anything he dreams.
Obstacles come in all different shapes and sizes for everyone. Anyone, whether a celebrity or just a normal kid walking to school has faced or is facing an obstacle in their life. However, overcoming the obstacle and looking back at the experiences. That’s what makes success so sweet. Some can have a dramatic impact in your life such as a relative passing away or moving to a different country.
Grit has been identified as a significant predictor of success. Describe a situation in your life that truly demonstrated a unique degree of grit. Why were you so motivated? What did you learn from the experience?
Grit is often considered to be the strength of your character. That means you have the ability to keep going, even when faced with an obstacle. You have to be willing to do whatever it takes to get the job done. However, grit and talent are two different things.
St. Joseph’s Academy, an all-girls Catholic high school in Baton Rouge, LA. Freshman through Junior year I just thought of it as school. But after my first week of senior year, I learned that it was so much more! I learned that during bad times there will always be someone there to pick you back up. That is exactly what St. Joseph’s Academy did for me.