Hardships and accomplishments are both a natural part of life. I have experienced them both and continue to learn lessons about life and learn more about myself as I overcome every challenge and soar with every accomplishment.
I have had a hard time staying focused in school and sometimes I lose motivation. I struggle with giving up at times because when the going gets tough, the first thing that I think is, “give up, you’re not going to get it anyway, so what’s the point?” I counter those thoughts by telling myself that I can do it and that I am determined to go to college, graduate and succeed in life. Lately, I have been able to stay focused and work harder in my classes. I believe that if I have a dream or a goal that I want to achieve then I cannot let any obstacle stop me from moving toward my goal.
I am an athlete, I play football, basketball, and other sports. I have been on the football team my junior and senior years in high school. When I played football my junior year, I had a hard time understanding the positions and the routes I have to run, but I started to learn more through the summers and I trained myself physically and mentally. It was hard, but I managed to pull through. Now I am able to understand football, my routes and all of the responsibilities that come along with my position. This was a great accomplishment for me.
I use to be struggling with depression due to the problems that happened when I was younger. Life hasn’t been easy for me. I was always sad and had no hope. I often doubted myself. I would hide the pain that I was feeling inside by smiling through it or just blocking it out, but I knew that wasn’t going to help me because the pain would soon start building up and getting worse. So I thought about talking to someone but that too was difficult because I felt like I would not be understood or viewed in a negative light. I managed to get rid of the depression and not let it hold me back. I left it in the past and am now focused on my future.
Going to college is something that is extremely important to me. I know that receiving this scholarship would be helpful in helping me to achieve my goal of getting a college degree. I am convinced that the things that I have learned about myself through this battle with depression have prepared me to excel not only in college but also in life.