This I Believe
I believe that confidence is success.
I lost a lot of confidence in my abilities during my senior year of high school.
Many things factored in to my loss of confidence such as:
Not getting the part I wanted in the school musical.
The intimidation factor of leaving home in a year.
I had such a successful junior year in the music department at my high school.
I had a dance solo in the fall of my junior year, a solo in the winter concert, and a big part in the musical.
So when my senior year came around I expected the same or better.
I did not end up with the same or better though.
In fact, I felt that in the music department my senior year the only thing I had going for me was my leadership skills—acting as a role model for the underclassmen.
Then of course I had a ton of college auditions.
Most of them made me lose confidence in myself because:
1. There were so many amazing singers/dancers/actors.
2. I had been told at my Millikin audition that my acting needed major improvement.
So these things only brought down my self-esteem even more.
Don’t get me wrong, I had an awesome senior year, just not that senior year I had expected or hoped for.
The summer before arriving at college I knew I needed to make some changes in my life style if I wanted to be successful.
The first change that needed to be made was the confidence I had with myself.
I told myself I would arrive at school confident with who I was and confident with my abilities.
I knew that if I was not confident when I arrived at Millikin my nerves and low self-esteem would get the best of me and I would be unhappy.
There was NO WAY I was going to have a unhappy college career and I learned in high school that being happy is something that comes at the start.
I arrived at school knowing that I was a talented singer and dancer.
Also, knowing that my acting needed improvement, but after all isn’t that why I was going to school for theatre?
If I didn’t need improvement I wouldn’t be at school.
The confidence I brought to school (and hard work) definitely paid off.
I was really confident in my Unified Audition, but expected nothing out of it since I’m only a freshman.
I ended up getting called back for a part in the musical and that made me feel a lot better about myself.
Since I have been at school I have learned to be confident with myself.
I have improved my acting abilities with confidence and education.
I will continue to improve all of my skills here at Millikin.
And so, I believe confidence is success.
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