Essay on Overcoming Adversity

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As a child my parents worried about my educational development. They didn’t know if I was going to be able to keep up with the other children. I was in the third grade and didn’t know any English. I struggled academically my remaining elementary years to catch up to the other children, but it wasn’t long until I exceeded my peers in middle school.
Adversity has been part of my life since elementary. That is when my father and mother divorced, and I was thrown for being responsible for my non- English speaking mother and a sister two years younger than me. My mother, although, responsible in a motherly sense, could not deal with the basic issues of day to day life. Such as paying the bills, helping us on our homework, or even cooking us
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As the school year went by, I became interested in the challenges my classes offered me, for it reminded me of my life. I wanted to feel like I could overcome anything. Each year I these classes I would improve more and more. Eventually developing the thought I could someday be successful.
Although growing up with a mother that struggled so much to take care of us; and sometimes put the pressure on me to be in charge, it didn’t hinder me in what I wanted in life. In fact, it motivated me to want better for myself. Having a role model of success in life was void in my immediate surroundings. My father was in the military, and I only saw him in the summers and every other Christmas. When my sister became old enough to take care of herself, I decided to try extracurricular activities. However, this too came at a price, both financially and emotionally. I wanted to join the dance team, which required paying for uniforms and other expenses. It was very difficult to raise the money to pay off the expenses. Especially when our only financial income was our child support and my mother’s low paying job. I later joined choir, believing I needed another challenge in my life. Choir gave me a better connection to my passion of one day becoming a singer.
However, I faced my biggest challenge yet, when I decided to join the wrestling team. When I told my friends I was joining the team, they commented with

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