This I Believe, In the Chances to Succeed.

Marissa - Beverly Hills, Florida
Entered on May 6, 2009
Age Group: Under 18
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Growing up in a household full of high school drop outs and negative personalities, as a child I developed high doubts that I would ever be a so called “over achiever.”

When I was about 6 years old, I decided to strive to be the best I can be. I fought to diminish the low expectations that was held due to previous family members. Every school year I continued to push myself. I was my strictest critic. In 2nd grade, I got a C on a math test; I cried a river that night. I sat on my bed, tissue balls everywhere from wiping my puffy red eyes, and thought to myself, “I can do better!” As a youngster I didn’t have dreams about living happily ever after with prince charming, I dreamt about throwing my graduation cap in the air, and hearing a speaker say, “Congratulations! Class of 2013!” Then living a successful life with no worries.

Over the years, especially last year, my family has gone through conditions that have resulted in conflicts. There was not one thing i could focus on during those hardships. My home became a learning environment that I could not adapt to. The constant screaming put a weight of worry on my shoulders when all I needed was motivational support from my family, which I definitely did not have at the time. My common happy go lucky mood was no longer spitting out sunshine. In the blink of an eye, my grades began to slip drastically. My former 4.0 grade point average plummeted when I got a glimpse of a D on my mid-term for math. Eventually I was able to seperate my issues at home apart from school. My D rose back to an A, but not without a lot of hard work. The hope that I had slowly returned.

Now, 4 months from going into high school, my aspiration is edging closer. Through my immense hard work to change my family’s reputation I am now extremely proud to say that I am on my school’s Honor Roll, maintaining a 3.5/4.0 grade point average, and being offered the opportunity to be in a program called International Baccalaureate, which will benefit me greatly when it comes to college tuitions and resumes. I greatly encourage people of all ages to go for their goals. The outcome is extraordinary. This I believe, In the chances to succeed.