My journey is unexpected. As a young child, I had many life battles growing up, and these personal battles hampered me in participating in many school sports. The thought of not playing any high school sports was frustrating and disappointing to me.
My parents never held me back in any way whatsoever in any activities that I wanted to do. My parents worried that I might not be able to speak fluently because of my speech impairment of a fluency disorder at the age of 5 years old. My next battle came during karate lessons I began to itch all over my body to the point that I started to bleed from scratching so much. My doctor diagnosed me with a severe medical condition of eczema. The next battle came during 4th grade, through 8th grade. I failed every school's academic assessment test and diagnosed with a learning disability in Math, English, and Reading before my freshman year in high school.
If I did believe all the things that people said I could not do, I would not have done any of that. There may be times in my life when people doubt me, and there were times when I doubt myself. I do not listen to the doubt. I do not listen to people labeling me. I believe in myself, and no one knows my potential. No one knows the future. It is ours to make, and it is ours to show what I can do. Who am I?
I put my heart and soul into everything I do in any activities. My disabilities continue to be an underlining struggle through everything I do. But I learned my strengths in how to adapt and overcome to different styles of learning and to have a fighting spirit to the challenges that face me every day.
I was more focus on my drive to make an impact, and to inspire others in my community, to get a good education and the opportunity to play at the collegiate level and beyond.
I learned that I had a rare gift called mimicry or a knack of seeing and doing things quickly on the first try, teaching and performing in front of people. All my passions became an obsession with learning everything that I enjoy doing and with helping others.
I love to kick and punt a football, and I enjoy flying and being a pilot, I like to dance. I became the first male in my school's history to participate in the dance team. I'm a first- degree black belt in Kenpo for the past 12 years, and I play the drums, guitar, bass, and sing with my friends a pop/rock band "DRAVUS."
It was essential to me in continuing giving back to my community, of my many talents and abilities, that I love to do with a passion.
I believe my success in leadership, academics, athletics, and community involvement all came to "time management, being organized in my daily activities, and giving back to my community."
My goals are to put in the hard work and keep good work ethics. There is no limit in achieving anything I set my mind too. It will prepare me for college and the career that I will be passionate about in my future. My choice of college major will be in business, marketing, or entrepreneurship and a minor in aviation.
As I look back to my childhood, I would not change anything I turn my obstacles into a personal drive, perseverance, passion, and the will to succeed. When I reach those goals, I instead want you to know me for my many talents and abilities, not my disabilities, so who am I?
"I am a dedicated, well-rounded student-athlete."
My journey and story at https://joshuavillarino.com