122 thoughts on “Perseverance

  1. In my mind, perseverance is a near necessity to accomplish anything, really. The ability to persevere and face adversity head on is something I think everyone should have, whether that’s a natural ability or something to be worked on over time. I have always thought of myself to be someone who does this fairly well, whether it’s just struggling with the simple things like rude customers at work, or the harder things like the loss of a family member. I’ve never been one to wallow in my own misery, or to shut down when the going gets rough. I’d rather put everything behind me, and start fresh so to speak. Try and reset my mind and start again from a better place, and in the end just keep working to struggle through whatever my troubles may be, such as a multitude of injuries stemming from playing tennis. Not once did I ever give myself a break I didn’t deserve, and honestly even when I probably did deserve them I never took any. Passion and perseverance to me are very much intertwined, as I think it takes a passion for something to be able to persevere for it, like my passion for tennis demonstrating itself in my persevering through tough injuries. I believe that to get to where you want to be in life, you have to be able to take things in stride, and be able to just say “screw it” and keep doing what you do.

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    • The line about not giving yourself “a break you didn’t deserve. Although i think that taking a break / relaxing can be just as rewarding as lots of hard work, it is important to be able to distinguish between when it is time for work and for play.

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    • Your input seems very different because it seems like you think of perseverance, not as the last option but the only thing standing between you and failure. most people take perseverance as the extra boost of energy at the end of the race.

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    • Glad to hear you can move on through injuries, my dad had similar issues when he played tennis in high school and had to stop.

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    • Couldn’t have said it better myself. Your attitude and passion towards tennis shows how much you really care about it and wish to continue it in the future.

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  2. Throughout the life of every individual, perseverance will become a necessity at one time or another. This is simply the nature of life, regardless of how lucky or fortunate one may be, there will come a time when taking the easy path is simply not an option. As difficult as these situations may be to us as they unfold, they are also perhaps the most beneficial, pushing us to, or even beyond our limits and testing our patience unlike anything else. As difficult as this may sound, this is often the time when we grow the most as people, when we were forced to weather the storm and refuse to look back. Throughout our lives it is imperative that we refuse to be complacent, and refuse accept that something is just “Too hard.” When we refuse to give up, we change as people. Throughout all of our academic careers, I am sure we have all experienced deadlines and assignments that have driven us to our wits end. Times in which we have all just thought to ourselves, “I cannot do this, this teacher must be out of their mind.” But maybe that is the point all along. When we persevere through these seemingly impossible tasks, our perception of what we are capable of changes. We begin to realize that we can do more than we ever thought, and most likely we always could, we just needed to be pushed to it. What we needed all along was to be put through the worst of it, the sleepless night causing, gray hair growing, breakdown inducing tasks, just to prove to ourselves that we can do it. Perseverance will forever be the catalyst for growth, something that everyone needs to believe and practice throughout their lives.

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    • Machines learn most when they are put through rigorous training. By putting it though scenarios that are challenging, it learns slowly how to cope and eventually master them. We are like machines that learn from the hardships we experience, and the more difficult the task, the more we learn.

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    • I completely agree with what you have written here. Persevering through the toughest times make people more powerful individuals. It takes a lot of work to get through those hard times, as I’m sure we will all experience together through the next four years!

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    • I definitely agree with this belief. The only way to improve and persevere is to experience. if you don’t have the drive and determination to solve the problems in front of you, there is no way that you will have the drive and determination to solve the problems down the road.

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    • I agree with you on the need of a realization as a part of perseverance, realizing attributes of our self in order to create a catalyst and have the ability to grow.

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  3. I believe the Master Chief is real.

    The scourge of a quasi-religious collection of bird-like aliens called the Covenant, the Master Chief is a legend and a ghost to all but his enemies. An enigma widened by propaganda, the Spartans of Halo were created to be the most elite interstellar special forces unit in human civilization to vanquish evil from the realms of Men. Across land, air and space the Master Chief and his team fought the enemy with extreme prejudice and without relent. Highly trained and equipped with an assault exoskeleton, the Master Chief is, in his own right, a Hero by all standards of the definition.
    Pit against insurmountable odds, hopelessly outgunned, low on ammo, alone; even those things never manage to stop the Chief.
    As a Physics Major, I have made my life about a hundred times more difficult by not being prepared to understand the Mathematics I will be presented with at a pace of a normal curriculum. But I’m not a normal student, and I don’t believe is giving up, despite being hopelessly outgunned, low on ammo and alone. It isn’t that I don’t understand it; I just have a very, very hard time focusing.
    And so, I believe that the idea of the Master Chief is real. Personally though, I like to believe that he is out there somewhere among the stars, fighting battles of tomorrow because no one else can.

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    • This is actually a hilarious and unique take on perseverance! Thank you for inspiring me for this upcoming year to challenge myself with the curriculum…and maybe playing more Halo.

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    • i really liked how you used the master chief analogy to describe the difficulties you will face as you work your way through college. its a great new perspective on hard work and college life in general. you’re low on ammo and surrounded by challenges but with enough effort you can succeed.

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  4. Every morning I wake up to the sound of heavy footsteps just outside my door. The sounds are usually followed by my mother’s attempts to round up the little footsteps for the first meal of the day. My mother owns a daycare, and she runs it right from our home. I give hiding my best effort, but sometimes I just can’t help but join the kids in their happy little chaos. Living in a childcare facility has it’s difficulties, and sometimes they’re overwhelming at the least. It often feels like I cannot remember a time when my living room was just a living room, and the dining room wasn’t a myth. When I manage to remember that time, I am grateful for the screaming babies in the morning. See, my mother has a stroke when I was in the sixth grade. I nearly lost her because the stroke happened overnight. While my mother survived, she almost all of the strength in her left hand, her ability to speak properly, and her ability to think properly. Beyond that, she lost her ability to run a daycare. While she was struggling to rehabilitate, I was struggling to pick up my guitar again. Our living room remained empty for a long while as my mom pushed on and on in her quest to get herself back. It felt like something was missing, and then one day my parents brought in a child’s bed and set it down in the living room. She was back. That was the night I picked up my guitar and made sure my neighbours heard me. From there my mother and our family took childcare by storm. Because my mother never gave up, I’ve watched so many toddlers learn to walk and speak. I’ve watched so many children learn to sing the alphabet song. I’ve watched so many holiday parties end in cake on the floor, and so many smiles grace the faces small children who miss my mother when they’re gone for so much as a week. My mother taught us all that giving up is not an option when it’s something you love, and that’s why perseverance is the driving force for my entire family.

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    • It’s good to hear that you and your mom both got back on your feet. Knowing myself, I’m not too sure that I could have pulled through an event of that magnitude. Anyways, kudos to you.

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    • Your Mom sounds like an insanely strong, dedicated, and motivated woman! I can only imagine the hard work she put in to get back to where she was originally. Good for you and your Mom and keep that perseverance up!

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  5. I am the way that I am because of the experiences that have shaped me, both the good and the bad. I am thankful for the lessons I have been taught through these experiences, no matter what I’ve had to endure to get past them.
    I wholeheartedly believe in being the best version of myself every single day. By doing this I treat others with respect as well as myself. Being kind hearted and a genuine person is so rare these days, so I try to be the change that I want to see in the world. Being the best person you can be involves all aspects of life, honestly, loyalty, friendliness, it requires being unbiased and respectful. It is very hard work but it will only bring positivity into your life.
    My past relationships have been a major factor in this life change for me. I’ve been stranded in one sided relationships my whole life, always giving and never receiving anything in return. I always chose the wrong people to involve myself with, always trying to fix everyone. I’ve learned that you can not change people if they do not want to change themselves. Too many times I have seen someone who is broken and I’ve tried to mend them and too many times it has never worked out the way that I had imagined. I’ve learned that going above and beyond for the wrong person could be detrimental to your well being.
    It is important to surround yourself with good people, people that think the same way as you. The kindhearted, caring people. All my life I was in with the wrong crowd and it caused me to be a person I was not proud of, I was always angry at the world. I always wondered why bad things happened to me and after a while I knew. I was surrounding myself with pain and heartbreak, I was allowing myself to be used and abused because I was scared to be alone. My relationship was a hell that I was living in.
    When I finally cut my ties I made a promise to myself to never go back to being that person I became. I wanted to be kind and loving, I wanted to bring good things my way and that’s when I decided if I was the best version of myself , better things would come to me. I discovered how to not dwell on life’s disappointments but to accept that everything happens for a reason. I had learned to accept things for what they are and more importantly, move on from them and grow from my past mistakes.
    In July an old friend came back to town and we reconnected, connected better than both of us had thought. He was kind to me, he made me smile, he looked out for me, he became my best friend. After a week of seeing him everyday I couldn’t picture my life without him making it light in my world again. Doing good does result in good things, good people come; it’s all about patience and timing. The ‘he’ I speak of is now my boyfriend, and he continues to brighten up my life every single day. Coming from where we both have been in our pasts, I can say with my whole heart we finally got someone and something that we deserve.
    Because of him I am finally comfortable in my own skin and I have finally learned what it feels like to truly be loved, and to love myself as well. I have a reason to be the person I want to be every single day and that reason is him. My heart outside of my body, someone who I know will always be there when I need a shoulder to lean on. The world works in mysterious ways and you will get what you give, so give with everything you’ve got and eventually, you’ll find what you’ve been waiting for just like I did.

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    • The strength and perseverance you have shown and articulated is not only motivation but inspiring . Never ever let anyone take away your spirit , bless up

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  6. I’m beyond excited about this experience, taking in the good, the bad and the ugly. Being able to immerse myself at a four year college while discovering who I am as an individual has always been a dream dear to my heart. I’ve told myself that I would do everything within my power to make this dream a reality.

    I knew going in the whole college process wasn’t something that should be taken lightly, you’ll either crumble under the stress or rise above it.When it came to obtaining specific documents the schools needed the process became especially difficult since I have a parent who isn’t willing to support me and play their part in the process essentially putting me in situations that were out of my hand.It even got to the point where I thought I wouldn’t be able to go to a four year college. This was something that I wanted with my whole heart, and I was so close but for it to be just out of my grasp devastated me. My heart broke into a million pieces and it felt like my whole world came crashing down.

    But that just didn’t sit right in my heart; that this was going to be the end of all that hard work, all the blood, sweat, and tears was going to be in vain. That’s why I took it upon myself to fight for my education, I did everything I possibly could to make this a reality. If I still couldn’t go to a four year college, I wasn’t going to just sit on my ass and not do anything! I would go to a community college, and work hard so I could transfer to one.I wouldn’t allow myself to give up even though that was the easiest route.

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  7. Webster dictionary describes perseverance as a “continued effort to do or achieve something despite difficulties, failure, or opposition”. The definition gives a visual of how much power that the word perseverance has. We persevere when you have a goal and meet the goal through constant effort over a long period of struggle and backlash. I wanted to connect to this word more so I began to think about what in my life is a factor of showing perserviance, in other words, where do I get my resilience from. An obvious example is how much work it was to get in to Umass Darthmouth. yet it seems like this example does not have much relevance to the real definition. Getting into the school might requrie alot of work but nothing can top the surreal sense of pride that swells me up when i think of my mother and what she went throught to get to where she is today. There were times where she could have given up, times when the effort did not match the skill. Refusing to quit she took every day an hour at a time to which ultimately lead to a success in the face of adversity. this story makes me believe that there is nothing out of reach that everything is close and accessible as long as there is a good amount of persistence as you core value.

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    • You are absolutely right and I couldn’t agree more that nothing is out of reach! Shoot for the stars. It’s easy to give up and throw in the towel but it takes a strong and motivated person to continue on and power through the tough times.

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  8. Throughout my high school experience I learned many valuable lessons that Iplan to take with me into my freshman year of college. One of those lessons is perseverance in the face of adversity. That adversity I faced was on my high school swim team throughout my four years of swimming. There my teammates and I faced the lack of talent and the lack of competitors within our schools conference in order to reach our ultimate goal of making the cut times of both the Massachusetts sectional and state championships. Before our season had started all of the boys were in our local pool, working on technique, sprinting, and several different strokes to give ourselves an advantage. During our sophomore and junior seasons all boys successfully reached the 10,000 club over several practices, where swimmers would have to complete 10,000 yards of swimming in a single practice. Despite this work there was struggle, where we were unable to make it to either state competition in our sophomore and junior year. Finally in our junior year, after the preseason captains practices, the 10,000 club,the close times the entire season.we made it in the last meet of the season, which we were able to extend to the state championship at Boston University. Thanks to this example of perseverance in the face of adversity, I understand that through almost any challenge that college will give me if I work hard i will achieve success in and outside the classroom

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    • “My teammates and I faced the lack of talent…”. Not having the talent to do one thing you’d love to do is very sad unfortunately but hardwork and perseverance beat talent when talent fails to work hard. Talent can take people to places but then again it can’t take them to the top if they fail to work hard, I’m saying this because I’ve experienced it and luckily for me I got the chance to fix it. Losing our soccer district championship final was one thing my teammates and I never dreamt of when we got on the field because of the amount of talent we had, unfortunately for us we were punished that day when our unskilled opponent beat us with stamina, pace and hardwork. We could not hold them with the talent we had, we never liked to run at practice because all we thought about was the soccer ball and skills we got. During that day we regretted not following instructions and running like most successful players do! I agree with whatever you said and hardwork will always beat talent when talent fails to work hard! Thank you for sharing this.

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  9. The funeral is after days of reminiscing countless memories. As hundreds pour in. Loud screams of desolation fill the holy ceilings of Saint Peter’s church. I brace my cousin Dilma in my arms as she sobs. This is a moment of realization for me. “Stay out the streets” she cries to me. I tighten my grip on her and say, “You don’t have to worry cuz I gotchu,” as heavy breathing replaces her sobbing for a brief moment of reassurance. The next day comes rapid, the burial arrives with a foreshadowing atmosphere. The skies are filled with thick clouds and strong winds that paint a picture of our grief. I find myself standing still, tightly grasping a fresh dove colored flower. My eyes steadily become blurry, one blink send a set of tears down my face. I toss the flower as they lower a box that holds someone I know very well. Jonathan had just turned 21. The realization of adulthood was now clear to me. I have attended the funerals of two of my friends, Jojo who didn’t make it to 17 and Jonathan who just made it to 21. The struggle I heard in their moms’ voices was a pain that I’ll never forget. It’s now March 2017; months have passed since Jonathan’s death. His advice and his compassion have been on the forefront of my progression. In my city, it’s easy to get involved in the streets, a few steps off the porch and its in your face. Today I can sit here and admit that I won’t face that challenge because of Jonathan. I will continue pursuing my eduction, sports and dreams of being a well off man with a beautiful family. What would Jonathan want me to do? Just that.

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  10. The course of life is not easy. We have to face many difficulties. We have to suffer from physical pain and mental agony. But perseverance is highly necessary for achieving anything. Perseverance is the key to success. Instead of being disheartened by failures we should make greater efforts, and return back to the task till the success is achieved. If you believe in something and are determined to make it happen, then it is more likely that in time it will happen. My parents dreamed and envisioned to move to United States to create a better life and provide better quality education to me. So in the year of 2011 my parents decided to move to United States. At the age of twelve I barely knew how to speak English and I couldn’t imagine what would it be like to live in a foreign country. I had so many questions and was overcome with mixed emotions. Moving was a big deal but moving halfway across the world was a life changing event. Moving meant that I had to say goodbye-bye to my very close friends and family members and live in a country foreign to me, a country where people spoke a different language than my own. Adapting to a new culture proved to be challenging but I was determined to succeed. I would not let my parents who sacrificed so much for me. In almost two years I started speaking English proficiently. But during these two years I had faced many challenges and difficulties. Some of the most difficult challenges that I faced during those first two years were making new friends, trying to adapt in a new environment, and learning a new language. I still remember the first day of school in seventh grade where I had no friends and I couldn’t talk to anyone without any hesitation because of my broken English. These obstacles really affected me emotionally and it also reflected on my academics. But slowly as time progressed, I learned to adapt in the new culture, I made new friends, my English skills improved and I started to do good in school. In conclusion, no matter what type of difficulties life throws at you, I have learned that there are many ways to overcome them by staying strong, optimistic and persistent. The obstacles that I faced while moving to the United States changed my life and made me the person who I am today.

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    • I can relate a lot to your story as my parents also came from India and were immigrants to this country, As they went through a lot of the same struggles you have with moving across the world and adapting to a new culture and life.

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  11. By definition, “steadfastness in doing something despite difficulty or delay in achieving success” is what it means to persevere. Every person faces something they will overcome, something they will fight through or for in their life. I believe in persevering through the delay in success of the arts in schools. In 2017, schools are already beginning to get rid of their art and music programs due to budget cuts. I will forever stand against this as an artist, as a student who expressed themselves through a pencil, a paintbrush, a pastel and not through a bat, a football or a lacrosse stick. Since making fish from paper plates with my elementary school art teacher whose name still sticks with me, I knew that this is what I loved even more than the classroom. I had the opportunity throughout my entire education to have an art class, where I learned new techniques, new opinions and new ways to show what I was feeling or thinking without speaking at all. I could never imagine my school years without Mrs.Raegan, Mr.Vecharelli, Mr. Heath, Mr.Panayakul and Mr.Francis to show me what I was capable of. It leaves me in such deep despair that another person just like me will walk their halls feeling like they don’t have a way to speak their mind in the way that their mind is compelling them to. I can’t imagine having a heart yearning as hard as mine does at times for creativity, and not being able to have that outlet. The colors and shapes and lines are more than what they seem, they make you feel something and if you understand that I hope you persevere for the arts too. Art is who we are and it should be what we stand for.

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  12. I’m going to be completely honest, I’m a pretty privileged kid. i grew up in a nice upper middle class suburban town with a good school. i really did have a lot handed to me. but i do have one memory that stands out from the rest where none of that really mattered. it was when my Boy scout troop took a trip to the Philmont Scout ranch in New Mexico. Now traveling across the country was already a big deal for me. being a kid from the suburbs of Massachusetts who hasn’t been farther than New Hampshire. but it was made even more daunting because i was going to be backpacking in the backwoods of New Mexico for 2 weeks straight. I learned the first day when we had to haul 4 days worth of food up a very steep hill that no matter how tough the climb may look you can always reach the top. and in this case as with many others while we may not have been at the highest point and we might have still had plenty more ground to cover there will always be a view to look down on. and that view can often be the best part of your day. just looking back on what you accomplished and thinking to yourself that you did it not because someone did it for you, and not because you got a handout but because you persevered through all the hardships and you came out on top. when everybody is on even footing and the only thing you got going for you is your own willpower. you put in the effort and you did succeed despite everybody else doubts and even your own. if you just try you might surprise yourself.

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  13. Seeing my parents struggle is a hard thing to witness. Each day, I watched the people who gave me life fight for theirs, knowing I had to be physically and emotionally strong for them. They wanted me to persevere and focus on school, but how could I when I had a father who has 30% heart function and is not expected to live much longer, or a mother with such severe arthritis that prompted several surgeries over the past four years. Stepping outside of my academic self, I realized a lot of things were out of my control. My high school spanish teacher encouraged me to seek counseling. I was ambivalent about this because I am not one to ask for help, but I knew that if I didn’t, I wouldn’t be able to get through the challenges I was facing at home. During my first counseling session, I was not interested at all and doubted the benefits of the sessions. Taking the step to even consider counseling was out of my comfort zone, but feeling discomfort is part of the process. After all the time spent physically taking care of my parents, I made an adult decision to mentally take care of myself. My high school story was not heading towards a happy ending, but I have flipped the script. I read a quote from M. Scott Peck that describes how I look at things now: “Until you value yourself, you won’t value your time. Until you value your time, you won’t do anything with it.” I now realize that I needed to fail in order to transform from being an irresponsible child to the mature adult that I am today.

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  14. Throughout my life, I had perseverance. I struggled out of a domestic abusive relationship, I overcame child abuse and reconstructed my relationship with my parents, I graduated high school when I shouldn’t have, and I stood up to bullies at a young age. Without my perseverance, I wouldn’t have accomplished that alone. Because without perseverance, there is no drive to accomplish your goals. I believe everyone should persevere for what they believe they deserve, because that’s how you manage success in any aspect. Yes, you may experience doubt while you struggle to reach your goal, but with your perseverance, that will push you through to something valuable; success.

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  15. One summer day, my mother picked me up from my job. I noticed that she was not driving in the direction of home, when she began talking about the decision that she and my father made about transferring me to Matignon High School. They felt as though I wasn’t reaching my full potential at PHA, and that Matignon would be a great place for me. Tears trickled down my face. All I could think about was all the friends I made at PHA and how I was not ready to leave them. However, I had no opportunity for input; everything was final. I had to suck it up and become an outsider once again. At the time, I was unhappy with my parents for making such a major decision for me without consulting me, but now I don’t regret it one bit. I hated having to transition into a new environment once again, but it was all worth it in the end. Matignon High School is the perfect fit for me. It’s where I can be the best version of myself possible. Not only am I an active member of various clubs, but I started my very own club for students of color within the school. My grades are better than ever and I’m even serving as senior class president. I’ve come to understand why my parents made their decision, to see me be successful and have a future as bright as they knew I could. I am so glad that they identified what was best for me at the time, and that they were right.

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  16. Pills, alcohol, more pills, more alcohol. This is the recurring cycle that i believed my father would never shake. For the last 10 years or so my dad has struggled with addiction. As a kid i never fully knew what addiction was, i just understood if i had a piece of candy i couldn’t stop at “a” piece. Sadly with age i grew more knowledgeable.
    Many times throughout the years i had wished my dad was not my dad. I hated him for what he was doing to our family, he broke my mother’s heart repeatedly. This in turn broke my heart seeing my mom in tears. Imagine being a 12 year old seeing you mother cry on a nightly bases. Whether it’s your fault or not it is a terrible sight to see. Addiction had got the best of my father and my family time and time again. As i got older it became a more frequent thing to come home from school to see my dad fucked up. The smell of Evan Williams would float throughout the living room. By 14 my dad started to bounce from job to job. He could never pass the random drug tests, the “Opiates” category appeared positive on every test. This was a constant problem until about two years ago.
    One cold February night during my senior year of high school i decided to go our hockey teams playoff game. I figured i could use a good Friday night out with my friends, the last few weeks had been particularly rough because my father started drinking more than usual. He had been laid off his union job just due to the lack of construction sites in his local. This made things more challenging for my family so a night away was definitely needed. After a crushing 3-0 loss to Chelmsford in the Semi-Finals it was time for my friends to head back to the Winchester area. Halfway through the ride back i received a phone call from my older brother that there had been an incident and our dad was in jail. I decided it was best that i head home and figure out what the hell was happening. I walked through the front door to my house to see a softball sized hole in the wall, there was red drink spilled all over the floor, and our stove top was smashed by a pan. As i walked into my room i found my brother sitting on my bed cleaning up his arm which had been badly cut up. He then proceeded to tell me what had happened. He came home to my dad outside on the porch yelling at my mom, so he ran up the front steps and got in our dads face to try and cool him off. Things escalated quickly and they were soon fighting each other. Our neighbors saw what was occurring and called the cops. Shortly after my father was in cuffs sitting in the back of a cruiser. He was put in a holding cell for the night.
    After two weeks went by i finally decided i would talk with my dad. I wanted to know what he was thinking about that night in the cell. My dad started by apologizing for the last several years of pain and suffering that he put our family through. He then went on to say how much of a failure and a terrible father he was. I put my hand on his shoulder and told him nothing will ever get better until the day that the pills and alcohol were gone. Now given you can’t break an addiction over the course of one night, but it does take one day at a time.
    Roughly a week after our talk my dad was checked into rehab. He remained there for three weeks until he was confident enough that he could return home and not relapse. Upon coming home from rehab it was very apparent that my dad mentally was very weak and that it would be a challenging couple weeks at home. My father had went through many trials and tribulations up to this point but this would by far be the most difficult. Michael Ward was at risk of losing his family due to drugs and alcohol. He had two choices. Either continue down the same dangerous path or put his family first and being the long journey of recovery. On September 21st he will be 1 year 7 months sober and i couldn’t be more proud of him. My father had overcome one of the most difficult tasks known to man, addiction. I’m glad to call him my dad and share this story with you all. I hope this really does help everyone believe that with the right mindset and support you can do anything you set your mind too.

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  17. Perseverance is defined by the Merriam Webster dictionary as “continued effort to do or achieve something despite difficulties, failure, or opposition : the action or condition or an instance of persevering”. Throughout life I believe everyone goes through different challenges and obstacles that often slow you down or completely put a hold on your life; but what defines you as a person is what you do when you are faced with adversity. The easiest thing to do is give up, but I truly believe that in any situation you have the opportunity to let something bring you down and make you weaker or have the opportunity to grow. Especially during younger ages challenges help you develop character as well as grip a better understanding of how the world works, and lets you decide who you want to become in the future. In my mind, I think perseverance goes hand in hand with passion. Being that passion is what drives you to do whatever it is that you do on a daily basis. Your passion to grow as a person everyday and always move forward and not a step back is what perseverance is all about. Perseverance is to always fight adversity head on, and not let it slow you down but to make you stronger.

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  18. To me, perseverance is a necessity for every human being and is something that we use almost every single day of our lives. It is something that shapes you into the person you are now and the person you will be in the future. I am fortunate enough to have lived a great and healthy life as of now but it has had its ups and downs that I’ve had to persevere through.

    As a sophomore in high school I was on the varsity baseball and hockey teams and did not have a good year for either sports. I played very sparingly for each team and did not have my best year stats wise for baseball, and had little confidence coming out of that year. But instead of sulking and complaining about not playing enough or not playing well, I decided to take things into my own hands.

    I worked hard in the summer and fall on my crafts and started to go to the gym to get stronger, and by the time junior year came along I saw improvements in my game. I saw a lot more of the ice during hockey season with an increased role on the team and during baseball season I was an everyday starter and was a Conference All-Star. I had solid seasons for myself, but what I was about to experience my senior year would be even tougher than the year before.

    For both hockey and baseball my senior year I had new coaches and it took a toll on me mentally. Having to learn new systems and adjusting to the different coaching styles took a lot out of me and took more effort on and off the field and rink to get ready for the seasons. But I took these challenges in stride and put in the effort to become the player I always wanted to be, and did it ever payoff. During hockey season I was a co-captain and was a regular starter on a team that went to the state tournament for the first time in many years. And during baseball season I saw a vast improvement as I made the All-Conference team, Herald All-Scholastic team, Globe All-Scholastic team, and had one of the best earned run averages in the state.

    My athletic accomplishments are a direct result of my hard work and perseverance through some difficult times in my career. At any point I could have stopped and said that I was done with sports, but I didn’t. I challenged myself to work harder every day to become the best player I could possibly be and has lead me here to UMASS Dartmouth to play baseball for the school. It just comes to show you that perseverance is the key to everything and leads and shapes you into the person you become in the future.

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  19. My freshman year of high school I had a few problems. I was failing two, almost three classes. As the year went on and my grades dropped I felt as if there was no point anymore, no reason to have to continue on with school. Due to my grades in English and Algebra I was required to go to summer school sessions for each class. To me, this felt like the ultimate failure, and I felt like I didn’t deserve to even go to my school anymore. Giving up broke me. Feelings of disinterest and depression took over my mind. But my math teacher changed all that. In class, he encouraged us to learn, and was capable of easily making the process of retaking Algebra fun and easy. This inspired me to persevere through high school, even when times get tough. Ever since that summer math class, math has been one of my favorite subjects and I’m planning on pursuing on a major related to it. What that experience has taught me is that no obstacle is too big to overcome, and no issue is too difficult to handle. Perseverance and hope are what got me through high school and they are also what I plan to use to get through my college career and and succeed in my professional life. I believe that through perseverance and hope anything that is imaginable, anything that idea that is tangible, and any road blocks that show up along the way can be conquered.

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  20. Overcoming and managing my learning disability was a journey that I believe shaped my beliefs and character. Throughout my early childhood I was described by the adults in my life as a “smart kid’ or a “nerd”, the label given to me as many things came easy to me and from my profound love and desire to learn. These characteristics led to me being ahead of my peers and for me to seek further opportunities even despite my diagnosis which was rarely expressed. I found myself unchallenged in my town public school and looked for alternative schooling which led me to a more rigorous and challenging schools. I found myself surrounded by students, who were considered “cream of the crop”, these students shared a passion to learn and natural intellect. However, as time went on I found myself struggling to keep up with my peers around me. I had found myself in a situation I had not been before and I didn’t know how to handle my new-found struggles. My inexperience led me to ignore the issues I faced and to avoid addressing my learning disability. I could not continue the way I had and with the help of my parents and teachers and a development in myself I was able to overcome this obstacle. The experience helped me become humble and created a sense of perseverance as I had to challenge myself and recognize challenges I had not before. The experience allowed me to be more in touch with myself and helped develop my current character.

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  21. A pursuit. We all have one. Though the path to reach the final destination may vary from person to person, each pursuit, hopefully, falls under the same category in the end; happiness. The greatest achievement a person can reach in life is to be absolutely happy and how we get there is so important. Each individual builds their own story decorated with ups and downs, changed plans, and lessons learned. It starts with your upbringing as a child, however, ultimately alters based on life events and outside influences in which one comes in contact with while on their journey. Not everyone has a perfect life cut out for them and this can have an effect on how they go about reaching their happiness. Plans can change quickly and flexibility is a must due to this. It can be difficult to stay motivated when plans aren’t going the way one envisions them and you can slip up easily, however, it just adds to the character in the making. Staying motivated is half the battle, however, everyone has a certain spark in them to make it to the end goal. An interesting part of each person’s pursuit is their idea of personal happiness. Each individual has their own idea of happiness and listening to their story and journey is enough inspiration to keep you plugging away at yours. The journey may not be easy and there are guaranteed struggles and mountains to climb on the way but once the goal is reached, it will all be well worth it and this is why I strongly believe in the pursuit of happiness.

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