My brother who experienced a very difficult period of his life taught me to never give up. His fight to change makes him my hero.
My brother was diagnosed with severe clinical depression early in high school. Medication and doctors did little and he was eventually institutionalized. He ended up watching his friends graduate from high school while he failed. He moved out and spent the next two years trying to piece back his life.
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Finally, In my sophomore year, he returned to high school as a senior. He was focused on graduating and going to college. He graduated with all A’s and is now a sophomore in college. Although he has not been cured of depression, he is much happier with his life and is determined not to give up.
I will always be proud of my brother. He taught me that life doesn’t always turn out the way you plan and when obstacles appear, you work to overcome them and continue on your path.
Right now, I do well in school and have achieved much. I am in the top 25% of my class and usually achieve general honors or high honors. I especially excel in the area of mathematics and I plan to pursue a career that involves statistics or problem-solving. This year I decided to take three math courses and I am finding them challenging, but fun.
I also have the privilege this year of joining “Math Buddies” which meets after school and helps elementary school children who are having difficulties with math. I hope to make math as enjoyable for them as it is for me. In my sophomore year, I was chosen to participate in a new program at Trinity College which explored different methods of forensic science. It was a highly enjoyable experience for me and I especially enjoyed meeting students from various schools around Connecticut.
Gymnastics plays a major role in my life. When I started at age two, I would look up to the older girls thinking I could never be like them. Now that I am one of the older girls and am looked upon as a role model, I have achieved more than my dreams. I know anything is possible.
Currently, I compete for level 9 (out of 10) at a private club and starting my fourth year of varsity gymnastics in high school. I know that no matter what happens In my life, I have memories and confidence that will be with me forever. I would like to continue gymnastics through college if possible.
Now I focus on the next step in my life which is college. While I am excited and nervous, I still believe I can do anything. Remembering what my brother has gone through inspires me to stay on course. I focus on trying my best in everything I do, and I have come to the realization that I can succeed in any path I choose in life.
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