In my life, I have three major beliefs. These beliefs have driven me to where I stand today as a person. My first major belief is that you only get out what you put in. I am an athlete in several sports. However, I would have to say that javelin in track and field is my main event. My first season as a thrower, I did not succeed. I could not throw far and my technique was poor. There was no way that I was going to be able to improve if I did not put in any effort. The next season, I signed up with a private coach and worked on improving my strength spending 9 hours per week in a weight room. At the end of the seasons, I progressed to the final round of the All-Division meet and placed 15th in the All-Area meet with a personal record 30 feet farther than my previous season. This was much better than anyone had expected me to do. If I did not put in the effort, I would not have progressed. My second major belief is that God does everything for a reason. I have had plenty of friends in my life. Most of which have come and gone. However, if I had remained with the same people, I wouldn’t be nearly as happy as I am now with the people that I have around me. God put me through some tough situations because He knew that without them, I would not have made it to this point in my life. I believe that mistakes have to be made in order to learn. If I didn’t have to deal with these frustrating times in my life, I never would have learned how to deal with them in the future. To me, making mistakes is the only way to become stronger. My third major belief is that being quiet gets you nowhere. I’ve learned through many circumstances that being tough is the best thing you can do for yourself. This is not to say I don’t have days where all I need to do is cry. But when life hits you hard, you need to retaliate 10 times harder. You’ll never be able to make something of yourself if you can’t speak your mind. For example, one of my professors works to see you struggle. She pushes you to your full extent. Most people squirm in fear. I stand tall and confident and voice my rebuttal to shut her down.
The first thing I plan on doing with my box is presenting it so that it opens upwards instead of outwards. I feel like this defines me because you have to look further than what is right in front of you to truly understand me. I may even have the lid hang off slightly because sometimes it is hard for me to open up to people and show them who I truly am. I am putting a music note bandana inside my box to hold all my other objects because underneath everything, music is what really gets me through the tough times. Inside I am putting two types of artificial flowers. Some are purple and some are white with writing. The white flowers resemble my passion for journalism. I use every chance I get to further my writing abilities for my future as a journalist. The purple flowers represent me in a different way. Purple is defined as combining the calm stability of blue and the fierce energy of red. I think this defines me because sometimes I just need to stay calm to help me overcome something and other times I need to voice my opinion so that everyone can hear it. Purple also shows pride and independence which are two important qualities in my mind. On the outside of the box, I want to decorate it with sparkly black foam because black represents the unknown. I consider myself a hard book to read because I am always pulling my mind in different directions. I also want to place a pearl letter B sticker on the outside because pearls symbolize loyalty and I am always loyal to everyone around me.