In my brief life, I have overcome a lot of adversity. My mom fled Mexico with her three young children to escape domestic violence. When we came to this country we had only a few personal belongings and the promise of a better future. We came to this country and lived in a small trailer with no toilet other than a bucket, and no shower except for the one that was lent to us from the kindness of a stranger, our new neighbor. As a single parent, my mother had to work day and night to support us. While she was working long hours cleaning people’s houses, as the oldest of three children, I had to quickly learn how to cook, how to clean and take care of my siblings. From getting the kids ready for school, helping them with their homework, and …show more content…
When I got to middle school I found out I would have the opportunity to join sports and other activities. Sports allowed me to increase not only my physical abilities but my emotional and mental ones. I learned what determination, perseverance, and hard work were all about. Cheerleading was one of the next things that I joined, and this is where I gained the confidence to speak and use my voice. I was no longer the shy girl in class, but I was much more confident and even gained new friends. From a young age, I learned to be very independent, and this independence has led me to gain leadership skills that have proven valuable in school. As Vice-President of National Honor Society, I have helped take charge of more than a hundred members and helped direct and organize community service events. Such as the Harvest Fall Festival or visiting nursing homes …show more content…
By the time I entered middle school, I had greatly improved my English speaking, reading, and writing. I learned to embrace my accent, and take pride in my Hispanic heritage. I still can't believe how much I have grown as a person in the last 9 years. The struggles that I endured growing up, strengthened and prepared me for the future challenges I am yet to face. I will be a first-generation college student next fall, and I know that I will be successful because I have always been able to overcome the obstacles I face. The challenge of moving to a new country, struggling to survive, and learn a new language have all led to who I am today, and for that, I feel I am a better person. Your investment in me today will certainly help bring a brighter future for me
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My parents always told me how lucky I am to be in America and have an education here, but I didn’t understand why. Now, I abide by that every day and I am truly grateful. Coming to America has been the greatest thing for me and overcoming the language barrier has been the biggest obstacle I have ever
I’m laying on the ground my ears are ringing as I slowly get to my feet I notice a sharp pain in my left arm. This whole idea was put in my head about a month before. Recently, at 5:30 I am sitting under a pavilion listening to the rock and roll music blasting in the background while eating a bagel I 'm not saying much I am looking back at the my first year of riding and wonder how i got to wear i am today, awaiting the start of my first 100 mile mtb race, i recognize how breaking my arm was instrumental to my success as a mountain biker.
I chose Abraham Lincolns quote “Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power.” I agree with this statement 100 percent because any person can fight back from something, but once you give them the chance to do something that’s how you really find out the truth about that person. I have had an experience like this in my life when I was playing football I began the year as a receiver. The starting quarterback got hurt; so our coaches needed someone else to play quarterback. When I was in middle school, I played quarterback, so I told my coaches I could do it.
There were five girls and my grandmother had to care for each one of them. My mom never knew what it was like to own her own pair of socks or anything for that matter, she had to share everything. There were also times when there wasn’t much food, so all they had to live off of was school lunch. One time, my grandmother had sold enough quilts to buy peanut butter and bread, that she was able to make the girls
One being, learning how to manage my time. There were weeks where we would have school all day, then practice till five, then a basketball game at six. It was extremely hard to study, cheer, work, and somehow have a social life. These situations helped me plan ahead to when I was going to finish homework or study for my upcoming tests. I will use this useful skill in college next year where i'll find myself always looking for time that I don't have.
She still managed to put food on our plate and a roof over our head as a single mother with 3 kids. For that, I am grateful. For that, I wouldn’t be the person I am today if it wasn’t for the struggle, but still try to push forward to provide for
When disadvantages occur, it feels bad and upsetting. But at that moment it is best to keep an open mind to try to think positive and overcome the challenges that occur. It might be difficult to think positive when you have a disadvantage, but thinking positive is one of the best ways to overcome the obstacle. Sharing an example would be the time our soccer team made it into the finals. Only ten minutes were left into the game was over.
There is always times in life when people face obstacles and while it may be easier to give up, giving up is not the answer. Awhile ago I faced a big obstacle in my life when I moved from California my home state and where I had lived my whole life to Texas, and while I wanted to give up and move back I had to overcome my own selfishness and see how good the move was for my family. This move affected me because I really did not want to move and I felt it was unfair for me to be moved away from all of my friends and everything that I had ever known. A year and a half ago, my life changed forever when my parents announced that my family would be moving from California and the house my family had lived in almost my whole life to
“You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself,’ I lived through this horror, I can take the next thing that comes along’- (Eleanor Roosevelt). Courage is a character trait everyone has deep inside of them whether they show it or not. Courage is being brave enough to do a certain task even if you are scared to do that said task. We gain courage by taking a step out of our bubble and experiencing new things that can lead us to learning new things about ourselves also.
I feel that my particular experiences and passion will add strength and diversity to the USF medical class. Growing up from a lower socio-economic status has exposed me to a certain lifestyle in which one must be flexible and resilient in order to survive. In order to traverse the hardship, one must develop inner strength at a younger age. Those experiences has shaped my perspective on the outcome of hard work and opportunity. I am a firm believer of the saying, "What don 't kill you, makes you stronger".
Overcoming an Obstacle As I begin to think about my life, I start to reminisce on the most darkest times I went through. This point in time is when I gave birth to my baby boy, which I begin to suffer from postpartum depression. At that moment I knew I needed to seek help, whether it was physically or spiritually. Even though I never thought I would make it out, it has been almost three years since I overcame this obstacle.
Moving Strong through Adversities I wonder if many teenagers go through the same kind of insecurities, vulnerabilities, and anxieties as I did. I am the type of girl who keeps to herself, answers only when being spoken to, and goes unnoticeable in large crowds. I was never associated with being good at emotional literacy. Being able to share my feelings would have helped me grow so much; if only I was brave enough to be the first to say hello, to forge friendships, and to discuss personal issues with friends.
Everyone has their own strengths and weakness. According to the StrengthsQuest survey I have five great strengths (Clifton, Anderson, & Schreiner, 2006). These strengths for me are Context, Deliberative, Competition, Futuristic and Input. It was very surprising to see how the descriptions was on point. This paper will discuss how the five strengths contribute to my life past, present and future.
Think of a time when life was rough and you were facing adversity, many people would become depressed and just allow it to happen or give up while others remain optimistic. By being optimistic, you have faith in yourself and your future. When I was six years old, I was riding a bike with training wheels. All of my friends are riding around on two wheels having fun; I felt left out. Coming home from school everyday, I would beg my mom for a two wheeler.