“You guys were amazing out there today. You played like a team, and you all played with your hearts, and you all wanted to win.” Coach Maggie said as the chills on her arms and legs became visible. We all worked so hard, and we were tired and sweaty, but it was all worth
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.
The most enjoyable part of the game was the feeling of scoring a goal. I shared this activity with my friends, dad, and sister. Soccer played an important role on the culture of my family because, my dad and I often bonded through playing
Luckily, my hard work had paid off and…. I made freshman team! As excited as I was, I knew the real hard work was yet to come. It took a little bit of time to sink in. It wasn’t until the uniforms and the team gym bags were handed out that I really began to think, hey it’s time to put in work, I’m actually going to be playing in real games soon.
All of these things are important, but the thing that I thought spoke to me personally was this year’s theme. As a student in elementary school, I never had very many friends. I was never invited to parties or hang outs and was always kind of left out. Sure, my classmates didn’t mean to do this to me, but the reality of it hurt. This year, I changed.
I feel proud and excited when I got a chance to join Denver Ethiopian Community soccer team. Every week, we trained to improve our talent and fitness to become the best team in the tournaments. I felt like I was a favorite player from the rest of the team because of my talent, discipline and skills’. At the time it was easy for me to break through for the first team. On the other hand, I often felt out.
In my eighth grade year I was attending tournament held at Western Kentucky University. I won two of my three events and was debated when I got second in the other. I remember my mother saying to me, “Jack, you did so well today, yet you are not even excited about it. That really makes me sad, I thought my son would have much humility than that.” That right there… hurt. It was a true wake-up call of why I do speech and debate.
Knowing I had more potential, I pushed myself even further and my talents were recognized by the new coach my senior year. I achieved my goal of starting every game and played a majority of the eighty minutes of regulation time. My determination to get better and overcome my obstacles paid off my senior year when I awarded second-team
Before I entered high school, I was never a fan of doing tasks that took a lot of nerve. Ever since I moved to Canada, I was insecure about my communication skills because I did not know much English and I was unfamiliar with the new environment. Therefore, my insecurity led me to become timid, as I started to have social anxiety. However, at the start of high school, I was determined to overcome my social anxiety and improve my public speaking skills. During the freshman year of high school, I noticed that there are monthly school events that take place during lunch time and so, I would always visit them and have a great time.
The instructors and girls joking around really helped me. I can still remember my instructor saying, “Come on thirty three!” This encouragement helped me improve my technique and confidence. As it finished there was a tournament to show our improvement. I played really well throughout that tournament but that last
Some people in elementary school knew they wanted to be doctors. Classmates of mine in middle school expressed their desires to become teachers. And yet for freshman year me, I had no idea what my future would hold—and I was terrified. I had done decently academically, managed to swim without drowning, and could muster a couple songs on the violin. But in a larger sense, it often felt like I was going through the motions, living another day just to do so.
Most ninth graders do not want to draw attention to themselves at school. This is why I even surprised myself that my freshman year I ran for treasurer of Key Club. Being Treasurer would not only mean that I was in charge of the money, but also that I would have to stand in front of an auditorium full of students and talk to them about upcoming events and dates. Just a few years earlier, I never would have had the courage to do this. I have come so far from who I used to be and it is all because of performing.
It is my privilege to write a letter recommending Jim Burke, a former student of mine at Rio Americano High School, for admission to Pitzer College. Based on reading “Want to Get into College?’ Learn to Fail,” the article you wrote for Education Week magazine in February, 2012, I am convinced that Jim Burke would be a valuable addition to your student body. Mr. Burke has had a great deal of trouble throughout high school. Jim was less than perfect in school. By not being a responsible and dedicated student, he opened himself up for failure.
I feel as if I could do great things in the sports media world some day, all the while loving my job. My most positive high school experience would have to be either getting accepted into my school 's prestigious National Honors Society program or achieving a 4.2 G.P.A the first semester of Junior year. The NHS program was hard to get into, but I was