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Before I even came to Fairfield Prep, I did not even know of the school. I did not even hear of such a place. I learned about it through my friend who had gone to the school the year before me. What sparked my mind about going to Fairfield Prep was the fact that my friend was a kind, smart, well rounded person. I grew up with him and he was my neighbor. I looked up to him as a person and tried my best to follow in his footsteps because he was a leader. Following in his footsteps helped me to make my decision about going to Fairfield Prep. My parents thought this would be a new environment in which I would be able to grow as a person. At first I thought that they were crazy and had no idea what they were talking about. My parents then scheduled a shadow day for me so that I would be able to see through the eyes of a Fairfield Prep student. After experiencing my shadow day at Fairfield prep I had many things to think about. Would this school be a good fit? Would I make new friends? Would I fit in? Would I grow as a person? These questions ran throughout my head. In the end of it all; I had made my decision, and I would attend Fairfield Prep. Attending Fairfield Prep would be the first step for me to grow. As a senior now I knew that coming to Fairfield Prep was the best decision for me. Fairfield Prep has helped me through the good and the bad moments of life in general and life in high school. Being the athlete that I am I decided to try out for the freshman football team. Not knowing I would be on this team for the next four years, I went out there on the field and did all that I could. Trying out for the football team was one of the better decisions in my life at Fairfield prep. The reason being, I would make new friends, learn new lessons, and become a new person as a whole. By trying out for the football team I would have the advantage of meeting people before school even started. These people would then become my friends throughout the years. The friends and teammates I encountered during my football career at Fairfield Prep are ones that I feel may last a life time, and ones that I will never forget. Through all of the brutal lifts, rigorous practices, and the many games we played, our team created a bond. This bond was one which in sense, we all were brothers. Through the good and the bad us teammates helped to overcome those obstacles. I learned that if you’re a teammate then you are also a brother. This taught me the true meaning of brotherhood. Football taught me lessons that could not be learned elsewhere. Also these lessons not only could be used in football, but also in life. These lessons would include hard work, mental toughness, and being a man for others. Hard work in in football taught me to do my best that I could possibly do so that I could perform to the best of my ability. Being a starter this required me to work even harder, because I had to keep the starting spot. In life it taught me to work hard because in the end there could be a reward. Like in football the reward could be an interception or winning a game, but in life the reward could be getting a good grade or getting into the college that you wanted. Mental toughness was a hug factor not only in football but an even bigger factor for me in life. My mental toughness as a cornerback had to be strong and could not be tested easily. Cornerback is a very hard position in football and it is very easy to make a big mistake that could cost the game. If I were to make a mistake I would have to keep my composure and push through to the next play. Mental toughness helps me in life because it helps me to stay strong in situations where I am weak. For example getting bullied is a situation in which I am weak but I need to stay strong and that’s where my mental toughness kicks in and helps me push through the bullying. My mental toughness helps me to get past the little downsides in life; because life is too short to be sad all of the time and you can’t...
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