November 18, 2016
Since I was a little girl, my family has told me anything is possible as long as I set my mind to it. As cliche as it may sound, this is one piece of advice that has stuck with me throughout my college career. A simple piece of advice I received as a child has molded me into the young adult I am today and created a passion inside of me which continues to grow. I am passionate about being the best I can be through hard work and belief in myself. Knowing I can accomplish my goals with hard work, believing in myself and a having a positive attitude have allowed me to experience success in my life so far. I keep this passion in the back of my mind through every opportunity presented to me.
When you first enter college, this advice can easily be forgotten. The first time you don't do as well on an exam as you hoped or the first time you have to pull an all nighter might make you question this advice. But my advice to you is to stick it out and keep this positive advice that you can truly do anything present in your mind. Wake up everyday and know you can do anything you set your mind to.
Of course, I realize life will not be perfect and that I will face numerous setbacks, but I know to not let anything defeat me. As a child, my family read me the story The Little Engine That Could from which I will always remember the words, “I think I can, I think I can, I think I can.” My grandmother passed this idea to my mother who later passed it to me. One day, I too will advise my children to be passionate in this way. Until then, I want to pass this advice to you. This advice may be meant for childhood, but most lessons, it continuously ties into adulthood. I know I will continue to feel compelled to work hard and believe in myself throughout my entire life. No matter what setback I face, my passion to do my best will allow me to get right back up again. Realistically, I know not everything is attainable. However, if I recognize and seize opportunities I know future I will reach success in my future and will be able to say, “I knew I could, I knew I could, I knew I could". I hope the same for you.