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Personal Object

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Jennifer Svobodny
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“I learned that the only way you are going to get anywhere in life is to work hard at it. Whether you're a musician, a writer, an athlete, or a businessman, there is no getting around it. If you do, you'll win--if you don't, you won't.”- Bruce Jenner. This quote relates to my life through my hard work in track and field, and making it to this university. My name is Jenny Svobodny and I am from Lakeville, Minnesota. I am 18 years old and this t-shirt represents one of the most important decisions in my life.

When I was a sophomore in high school I already had a list of the colleges that I wanted to visit since I liked to plan so far in advance. They were all schools that are prestigious and also have a good track program, which at that point, participating in track and field was not actually the plan. Schools that interested me were: Penn State, Iowa State, University of Minnesota, and University of Wisconsin-Madison at the bottom of my list. It was only by chance that I even visited this school.

I have been in track since I was in eighth grade. In my sophomore year I realized how naturally shot put came to me. I became extremely competitive in my throwing and ended the year with a fifth place medal at the state meet. The summer after my sophomore year I wanted to start visiting colleges and my top priority was to look for a school that I could participate in track and field at because I finally figured out how to use some of the potential my coaches had been telling me I had.

The first school I ended up visiting was the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and it fit. This was going to be my home, and I was going to work as hard as possible to earn wearing this shirt. To wear this shirt and represent the University of Wisconsin-Madison was now my dream.

This t-shirt is the first one that I bought that said “Wisconsin” on it. After I met the university coach and visited the...

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