Growing up I have always been a good student in school. I always kept good grades and never liked to be absent. I believe I’ve received these traits from my parents, they were always telling me to learn a lot so I can get a good job and make a lot of money. One thing I didn’t know at the time was that I was always learning even while not in school and the things I learned then was just as important as the in-school lessons. Helping me become the person I am now, self-confidence is my most important non-school based education, because without it I would fall apart from being constantly judged and criticized, be uncomfortable meeting new people, and have trouble overcoming the many challenges that are thrown my way. I’ve realized that almost every situation I encounter the key to being successful is relying on self-confidence. Growing up I was always told to believe in myself and never let something hold me back. This was hard at first, having two older siblings always making fun of me, laughing, and putting me down. They were the people I looked up too, so I thought I had to believe them. I felt like I could never do right. I started to learn that they were not always right and I could just take what they say and put it behind me. I started to believe in myself and be confident in my own decisions. I can take others criticism and learn from it, by separating the good and bad things. Helping me move forward and not holding me back or stopping me.
Being raised in a Navy family all my life, I have gotten used to moving and having to go to new schools with new people. When going to a new place I would always worry about not having any friends, and how I was going to meet people. The hardest part was overcoming the fear of being different. I learned that I always had to be myself and stay positive. I could have never met new friends if I wasn’t confident in myself. When meeting someone for the first time I always stay confident because it’s easier...
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