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‘You must push through the pain’

ConVal. It seems like the time has flown by. From freshman soccer tryouts, to finally receiving my high school diploma, I have worked very hard these last four years. Doing so allows me to write my next chapter at Hobart and William Smith Colleges.

Like most people, high school treated me well, and not so well. I have been fortunate enough to make new friends, strengthen the bonds of my previous friends, as well as faculty, and mature immensely myself.

Unfortunately, it has also treated me not so well. On top of moving from house to house, freshman year, my mother came down with an illness. After a month in the hospital, my amazing mother was pronounced brain dead, which then led her to succumb to the sickness, passing away on April 19, 2011. My mother had done so much raising four children on a low income budget — I was devastated. I moved in with my father, and have lived there ever since.

Events like this happen all the time. It is my belief that everything happens for a reason, and this was just part of my journey. I received all A’s my sophomore year, as my mother always believed in school work before anything. I got a job, learned to ice skate, and earned captain of the Varsity soccer team senior year.

My mother’s passing was a wake-up call for me. She would tell me never to let negative events stand in the way of my life. High school, and all of the events that have occurred while in it, has taught me this.

Everything happens for a reason, and whatever happens, you must push through the pain, and don’t give up until you have reached success. You will be glad you never gave up.

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