This I Believe

kealey - salt Lake City
Entered on January 9, 2008
Age Group: Under 18
Themes: work

My name is Kealey Gill, I am a sophomore in highschool, an I believe that you should never give up.

Since I was two years old I have had Epilepsy. My life has been interspersed with surgeries, hospital stays, E.R. visits and and lots of medications.

Through the last fourteen years I have struggled as a student. I have to try hard to stay awake in class, fighting medication that would put most people to sleep for days. Concentrating is difficult and slow going for me. It seems sometimes that I am riding a bicycle race and the world rips by going 100 miles per hour. Though it can be difficult. I don’t give up. My family and I have always chosen for me to attend challenging schools. You see my parents have always told me they are proud of me as long as I do my personal best.

I am a diligent student. I won’t give up on an assignment; even if it has taken me long past the due date and my grade will suffer for lateness.

Medication makes my mind a bit foggy, but I am an intelligent, capable young woman, and I refuse to give up on anything I do. My parents have taught me to try and improve on my own skills, abilities and talents and not to compare those of others with my own.

At the age of sixteen, I think I have struggled as a student.I have some medical challenges, but through these difficulties, I have learned a great life skill. I believe you should never give up. In life there will always be others that seem to have more wealth, seem to have better skills than yourself. I have found joy in my own level of talents,treasures, and abilities.

The concept of never giving up has helped me in other aspects of my life, aside from academics. I play the guitar. Medication makes my fingers slow to respond to my brain’s commands, some of my friends and band mates are very fast on the guitar. Not quitting guitar has led me to find one of my great talents, singing. I love to sing. I am good at it. I believe that I have benefited greatly by never quitting.