1. Three beliefs that I hold true, and find myself living by every day are compassion for others, resilience, and honesty. I would have t describe myself as a pretty blunt person, I am the type of person that will not wait and beat around the bush when I can knowingly do something to change a situation. Many of my beliefs originate from my dad, my two older brothers, and the soccer field. As I was going to write my heritage speech on, I grew up in a hardy tomboy lifestyle and was introduced to soccer at an early age. Early years of soccer teaches you just as much about life as is does to kick the ball, and one of the first life lessons of the game is to quickly get back up and keep playing after you’re knocked down. After soccer practice I would come home to my dad who would ask me about practice, and proceed to tell me what i should be doing better. My dad is where I learned that honestly (and the occasional brutal honesty) is the best way to get something done without confusion, and it was an effective way of building resilience aswell, I was never allowed to be a kid that got a trophy just for participating. Soon after, my brothers would normally arrive home from their practices and get the same speech. As you can tell this was not only a sport, it was a 24/7 lifestyle. So I grew up a pretty tough kid, and it wasn’t until my teen years that I witnessed the importance of compassion. In 2013 I began traveling on mission trips in and out of the country a few times a year, and my largest trip was to the town of Boscobel, Jamaica. I met some of the most amazing people of my life who live in drastically worse conditions than I could ever imagine. Before my mission trips to Bridgeport CT, Logan County WV, Atlantic City NJ, etc. I lived in a tight New England bubble, and found it easy to judge others outside of my realm, but now I look towards everyone with compassion and optimism.
2. In reading my top three beliefs above, I have a few ideas as to what I should put in my box. What is not mentioned above is my love for art, which I have been told I have excelled in for all of my life. I feel that my box would not be complete without some stylistic/design elements. One thing that I know will go in my box is a gold painted rock with the number 14 (my jersey number) written on one side, and the word believe written on the other. This rock was given to me by my high school lacrosse coach, each one of us received a rock. “Believe” was our word of the season that drove our once underdog team to the state championship, the first time in a decade. I believe that it was resilience that got us there. Also, I plan to put a picture of my dog, Abby, in the box because she has been my number one fan for the last 9 years. She is also a mark of determination for me, I had been begging for a dog from the time I could speak and my family finally caved into my constant nagging. These are the definite things I want