I currently serve as the vice president of the organization, and in the marching band, I am the brass captain. So how will being an active member of the band contribute to my success at Penn State? The simplest answer is that being in the band proved to be the “key” in unlocking my drive to be something. Since the start of my freshman year of high school I worked so hard to be an excellent musician and to achieve a leadership position in the future years. As the years progressed, I managed to earn not one, but four leadership positions, and qualify to participate in many band festivals.
Telling me that I needed to learn my place in the low brass section because it was my first year in low brass, and I didn't know anything since I was on a new instrument. Even though I could play better the Craig and marched better than Ozzy, because of them hating on me relentlessly. I left the building crying and was about to quite together until Layla became very angry and told them off. I was talk out of quitting by Brian and Layla because we need trombones and it would be not fun without me. The band director ended up making where low brass wasn't a section, everyone was there individual leaders.
I was only needed for one event and spent nearly the entire weekend as a cheerleader. At first I thought that all the training, all the pain, and all the lost sleep was for nothing. But I soon realized that wasn’t the case. Life certainly isn’t fair. I won’t always be rewarded or even recognized for my hard work.
At the time, I did not know, that Mock Trial was going to change my high school career. During my first year as a trial attorney, I not only improved immensely in my public speaking and communication skills but also made new friends. After a successful year and great scores at two regional competitions, I was truly proud of our team's achievement. However, many members just seemed to be completely disinterested. That is when I decided to step up and ran for the Mock Trial President position with one main goal— to unite the team.
Despite not placing in the competition, participating in the FBLA county competition was important to me because of the valuable lesson I learned. I had a long speech prepared that I had spent several days preparing and memorizing, and was confidant that I was going to ace it. But the second I stood in front of the judges, I stumbled over my words, lost my place on my note cards, and was so eager to get it over with i rushed through the rest of my speech and didn 't make the time limit. I was so prepared to give a winning speech, i was dissapointed in my inadequacy. Noticing my disappointment, when my adviser came to discuss the performance, he told me he was proud.
I remember before actually getting to work Barbara asked me if I wanted something to drink. I said no almost immediately but more hesitantly because I thought I would pee my pants. That’s how nervous I was. My ‘’best friend’’ Paulina had on a headset and took a few orders from the drive through and made drinks at the same time and I thought that was so cool because I’d never seen that before. Everyone else did their jobs and I felt like I was getting in the way so Paulina gave me an extra headset out of the office and started to teach me how to take orders and all the shortcuts that a manager wouldn’t show me.
I thought we sounded really good. I completely forgot about my audition while we played, but after we left I suddenly remembered it. I was nervous all over again. The audition room for the trombones was just down the hall from the band room. So it was a short walk, but it seemed like forever.
I am often playing it because it still is able to make magical music. The moment that I had played perfectly will always be in my heart, even if no one else will remember it. Typically, I do not share this moment with others because they always wish to hear about my first concert or if I am going to play for them. My family sees my trumpet as a tool to create music but, they do not see it as one of the best things that has ever happen to me. I have always remembered that one moment whenever I look at my trumpet.
It was a pretty nerve racking experience, and the night before I stood up to the crack of dawn, preparing myself for the questions that might be thrown my way. I had already applied for two jobs that week and haven’t heard a thing. However, it didn’t bother me none because I was determined to get this job. I recall walking through the amusement park towards the office. I felt the emptiness of it; and then all at once I imagined the children joyful running from ride to ride and the hearing the soft humming of the circus carousel, even seeing myself as a child begging my mother one more time before it was time to go.
After that, my sister and I used to bang on pots and pans to push out the bad spirits of the year before. I have never been allowed to balance a pillow on my head without being reprimanded because it means that someone in our family will contract an illness or death. We aren’t allowed to cut up our long noodles because it’s equivalent to cutting our lifespan. And, my favorite part about my families polarities, even though we are Catholic, we collect good luck charms and statues from all walks of life. In my bedroom at home I have a Black Jesus, a laughing Buddha, and several charms from tribes around the world.
I leaped as high as I could and unfortunately missed the tip the game was already heading south but the game had just started so we had no worries. The first quarter had several lead changes we both had bad shooting quarters shooting below the 30% but that wasn’t what mattered we were all worried about looking good as a team and winning the game not individual stats. About ¾ of the way through the first quarter our coach called a timeout and called us to the sideline and said “Guys you are a great group of kids and have made my coaching experience beyond expectable and you are a bright group of kids so after this season I’ll be retiring and making sure I go out with bang so win this game for me!” and that’s when the game took a drastic change, we began to play with our heart not just our
She immediately started crying and I looked up and did not see her number nor my number, but ultimately I knew my number was not supposed to be up there that year. In the moment everything seemed as if all my hard work had been suddenly take from me, but on the car ride back to my home I was so incredibly thankful and blessed that I was given such an amazing opportunity. I knew then that I had to audition again. The whole process of trying out for Rangerettes helped me grow in ways I never knew possible. I am much more humble and I appreciate everything that’s given to me and never do I take a moment for granted.
This was one of the happiest days of my life because I knew in the future I would reflect back on my experience and think to myself I made it this far with so many complications that I know I can overcome anything life would throw at me. Although I did not graduate with honor society or one of the highest grades I still have the satisfaction of having my diploma and knowing I overcame all my failures in middle school. I’m proud to say thank you to my teacher who never let me down and always told me I can do it because of her I showed her my effort was more than
“You have competition every day because you set such high standards for yourself that you have to go out every day and live up to that”-(Michael Jordan). Since the age of four, softball has always been my favorite leisure activity. However, at the level I competed during my high school career it was not what I would consider a leisure activity. Due to the time commitment required for tournament softball, it was more like a job. It was, however, the type of job that everyone dreams of, a job that I enjoyed almost more than anything.