As a result, Rajesh’s work ethic and determination began to shine. He describes one night as “ It was a cold Thursday evening at 7pm and I had just gotten out of class. I knew I had two computer science exams the following day. So I went to my favorite study place Denny’s and told the server to keep the coffee coming because I was going to be here for a while. I reworked my programs endlessly and continued to learn as much as I could so I could ace the exam.
Beginning at a very young age I was interested in sports, however my interest towards sports narrowed to mainly one sport once I was ten years old. I loved ice hockey from the moment I began playing and therefore continued until I left high school. Regarding nature versus nurture, my ability to play hockey depended on both genetics and environments and was improved with practice. I began playing hockey when I was ten years old and honestly it was a disaster. My ability to stand up on skates was little to none, but that did not stop me.
Hockey has made me more responsible because on tournament weekends my team always has team breakfasts, lunches, and sometimes dinners. If I know that I have a team breakfast in the morning I make myself wake up in the morning with enough time to take a shower, and get ready to leave for the game right after we eat. Also it’s made me more responsible and on top of my school work. Now at school I always right down my test dates so I never forget when I have a test. Hockey has also made me more discipline.
When I was in Togo, I heard about snow but I never saw it with own eyes until I came to America. I remember my first snow, the ground was covered in white snow. It was so beautiful to watch the snowflakes fall from the sky. At first the cold weather bothered me lot but it doesn’t anymore. As I am getting ready to begin my college years, my experience in America is getting richer every day.
My first cross country race was finally over and I thought to myself, why did I join this sport? Junior year was my first season of cross country. I wanted to do a fall sport to get involved in my school and meet more people. My friend had been trying to persuade me to join the cross country team with her all summer and I finally gave in. I figured it was a good sport to do because of the inexpensive
A few years ago my brother and I joined karate. We both set our eyes on one goal; earning our black belt. Though the road would be long and treacherous, we both accomplished our goal; and in doing so I also learned something that affects me every day . I believe that I can do anything that I set my mind to. One early Saturday morning, I stepped out of my bed for weekend training.This training started about two months before our black belt testing and would continue until that day on every staurday.
With completing the first rock climbing class at Penn State, I was able to benefit from a variety of new things learned from the class, in addition to refreshing my memory on things that I already learned. This class has taught me several important life lessons that I will remember for as long as I live. The biggest hurdle in this class for was time management. I am and have always been a procrastinator, therefore completing the required five extra two hour visits to Reading Rocks and additional hour per week in the gym was challenging for me. It did not help that class this semester, required a lot of time outside of class.
Every practice, I paid close attention to what the coaches were teaching and would ask questions. I came home with more bruises and cuts than ever, but that didn’t stop me. After practice, I would come home to the smell of my mom’s cooking which was around dinner time. It was extremely hard for me because during those times I needed to lose weight. I wanted to go back to my old weight class, 106.
The cutoff dates for the pee wee hockey teams in Canada is January 1st, so all the boys born from January 2nd and onwards were put in the lower division teams so they were generally bigger and stronger than the boys born 10 or 11 months after them. It did not mean that the January boys had more talent, they just had a better opportunity because the coach would select the biggest and strongest players to play in the elite hockey team. A similar situation I faced was in Tae Kwon Do. We are divided into groups based on our ages. People from my
I went from being 110 pounds to 99 pounds at the beginning of the year and it became harder and harder to maintain my weight due to the fact that I had grown about an inch in the middle of the season. I had placed 1st in class D and 3rd in sectionals and I was the first alternate for states. This means that if one kid in my weight class didn’t make weight I would be wrestling in his spot. I never got to wrestle but it was a good thing because I wouldn’t have been able to make weight. After the normal season ended I gained 20 pounds in three