Failure. Though even the mere mention of the word may evoke disconcerting thoughts, at some point, everyone must stare failure in the face. In certain cases, not living up to a particular standard can affect a person’s entire life. For a typical teenager, however, these misfortunes often occur on a much smaller scale, perhaps failing a math test or losing a friend. Personally, I experienced one of my most heartbreaking failures during the swimming season of my junior year of high school. After competing on my local high school’s swim team for two years, my goal in eleventh grade was to qualify for a district-wide swim meet at the end of the season. My race times closely aligned with the qualifying times, and after months of training, I wholeheartedly …show more content…
Throughout all aspects of my life—at home, in school, and in sports—I like to have control of what happens around me. Nonetheless, I came to realize I cannot directly manipulate every event in my life, but I can always control how I react to it. When I watched my dream of qualifying for districts fall apart before my eyes, I had two choices. I could either relinquish my goals, or I could maintain a positive attitude and continue to work hard, even in the face of adversity. Despite the bleakness of the situation, I knew sulking and staying upset would accomplish nothing. Therefore, I resolved to continue to attend practice at six o’clock in the morning, to exercise over the summer, and to not let the disappointment of my junior year define the outcome of my senior year. Although I certainly experienced a tremendous amount of disappointment, I learned to control my own reactions to unfortunate situations and optimistically move on in my athletic …show more content…
From the beginning of November to the end of February, I spent over twenty hours each week putting all of my effort into becoming a better swimmer. Oftentimes, I jumped into the pool first and climbed out last. With the energy I poured into practicing, I assumed I would easily achieve my goal. However, when my dream did not come to fruition, I realized not all benefits of hard work relate to goals. After exerting tremendous amounts of effort all season long, working hard taught me the true meaning of perseverance—to keep pressing forward even when all of the circumstances surrounding me suggest I do otherwise. To persist in all situations means I must consistently push myself in practice no matter what, attending workouts every morning and afternoon because I know it will shape me into a better swimmer. Even though I cannot predict what the future holds for me this upcoming season, I have still committed to diligently attend practice and set a good example for the underclassmen. Through the experience of not qualifying for districts, I determined that hard work never goes to waste, and that even in the direst situations, there are always benefits to not giving
My team pushed me physically and mentally to finish the last laps even though it was extremely tiring. During my junior year summer, I took my swimming to the next level, applying to become a swim instructor and lifeguard. My leadership skills were tested when I had to be interviewed for my job. As a lifeguard, I was responsible for the lives of many kids
Even though her old coach was gone, she still trained with another coach, Bruce Gemmell, and that shows a sign of true persistence. (Source #1) Almost a decade later, Katie was swimming in the Olympics. Katie kept persisting and eventually dominated the 400 freestyle in the Atlantic Classic. (Source #2) Life was hard, but Katie kept
“It always seems impossible until it's done.” Much like Odysseus’s pilgrimage home to Ithaca, my journey through middle school was filled with many twists and turns. As terrifying as it was to row past Scylla’s cave, taking those first steps into the sixth grade hall was a very similar experience. Throughout my middle school odyssey, I learned many lessons such as how to have self-confidence and bravery in tough situations, to be ambitious, and to always persevere. When Homer wrote The Odyssey, he clearly illustrated that Odysseus never stopped believing in himself by rowing past Charybdis, and approaching Aeolus, the god of the winds.
Being first place in all my races was not enough for me, I strived to improve my time every instant I dove in the pool. To this day, I continue to attend swim team twice a week and swim extra on the weekends to keep in shape. On top of that, I will soon be an L.A. City Lifeguard starting the summer of 2017. Without swimming, I wouldn’t have developed the drive, the motivation, or the perseverance I continue to have
For the last two years swimming has taken up most of my time. That time was spent getting faster, conversing with teammates, and helping the younger girls get better. After practice one day my coach informed me that I would not be making the sections team because of my time. Being the first senior in five years not to make it, I felt like a failure. For the next few days of practice I checked out mentally.
Admissions Essay 2 Figure skating plays an important role in shaping my character and building skills for the future. Being able to perform gravity-defying jumps and spins on a thin blade requires more than just talent—it involves dedication and perseverance when in the face of adversity. As an athlete, I interpreted the saying “practice makes perfect” as pushing past my limits and training for several hours. Unfortunately, I ended up injured because I was pushing myself too hard and not resting. Two summers ago, I had suffered a back and knee injury that were major setbacks to my progress.
Finally, I made use of the extra swimming time available throughout the day, called “buddy swims”, to work on towing victims and spinal rolls. After I had gotten cold from standing in the water, I spent time improving my swimming form, in order to warm up. In conclusion, practice time was vital for me to survive earning by Bronze
This organization has taught me to never give up and to push beyond my limits to be successful. Having gone from just a team member to a swim team captain has shown me that although pushing your limits can cause you to break, in the end it will be worth it. I have put many summer hours and long days of practicing just to be the best. With that being said, swimming is not only a sport but a way of life. If you work hard at something and put in those extra hours, you will be successful.
They told me that everything would be alright. My mother told me about Lou Brock, an amazing baseball player. He did not make any school baseball team, but he still became talented. I was skeptical at first, but my parents reassured me. I was inspired by this story, and I promised myself that my practices will be of high quality and quantity.
Life experience has taught me that perseverance is integral to keep a community progressing towards its goals. Perseverance is at my very core. My life has been dominated by competitive swimming for the last fourteen years, filled by long, hard, lonely practices for two to three hours at a time. Looking at the same straight black line at the bottom of the pool, except for an occasional reprieve to look at the ceiling when doing backstroke. What sane person would subject themselves to what appears to be torture?
Situation Analysis: Coach P, the coach of the Army Crew team for the United States Military Academy at West point was in a dilemma on the selection of Varsity and Junior Varsity crew while the crew season was coming to an end in May 2002 with just one week before the commencement of the National Championship race wherein over 100 schools were expected to compete. With his vast experience of nine years of coaching and selection of the top eight rowers based on long series of objective tests measuring individual strength, technique and endurance using the ergometer machine, which had helped him in producing consistent result of creating a winning team, he is now faced with a situation of his best eight rowers team- Varsity consistently losing
You swim your butt off, look at the scoreboard and there is the result. There are no judges, no marks on technical merit or style, just the truthful, cold, digital numbers on the clock. There are no substitutions, no teammate to make up for your lackluster performance, no one to look to when things go poorly. The precise nature of the results in competition – and more notably, training – means that we can visibly see and feel progress as we improve, and can correlate the work we put in with the results we receive. I cannot count how many times coaches over the years dropped a gauntlet of a set, something that never in my wildest imagination would I think could survive, let alone complete.
In a world of homecoming, friday night lights, and school spirit; my classmates and I are reaching the finale of our high school musical. Stressed seniors have exchanged their elementary school fantasy futures of ballet and astronomy for the hopes of making a living, not a life. The bell is about to ring and I’m contemplating what I want to carry to my next class and on with my life. My high school years as an athlete have greatly differed from my peers due to my elevated level of dedication and commitment for my craft.
I wondered if anyone besides my uncle and mother would care enough to help me. But each time I failed to excel in both school and swimming, I came back with even more determination, attempting a different approach until one worked. This struggle molded me into a tenacious person, one who refuses to put up with mediocrity. Now, in the first quarter of my senior year, my grades are better than ever and I’m training to swim at a highly-competitive
My swim career the motivation of my life How my swim career motivates me forward is a long story. It all starts when I was very young still in swim school. Here in Egypt to graduate from swim school to swim team you have to go through a series of test. These tests are called stars. They are three stars.