How My Optimism Will Help Me Press on to Greater Achievements of the Future By Anish Mantri
I come from a family of optimists. My parents are first generation immigrants to the USA and one value they highly regard is “optimism”. They strongly believe that one can overcome any obstacle as long as they are hopeful about the future and show resiliency to stick with the dream. My father came to the USA with $500 in his pocket and a dream to go to a top business school and succeed in corporate America. Today he is president of a Cummins business unit, but the path to get there involved washing dishes, mopping floors and a lot of education along the way. His story gives me a lot of inspiration and gives me optimism to pursue my own dream.
When I grow up, I would like to invent something that changes the world. Human race has achieved a lot over centuries, yet there is still so much more to discover. I want to invent something that will make peoples’ lives better.
I love playing Tennis and am actually pretty good at it. Last summer, my brother and I started working with autistic kids by teaching them to play tennis. The idea was not to make them Tennis champions, but rather help them improve their social and motor skills. I had never interacted with special needs kids before and the whole experience had tremendous impact on me. It felt so touching just watching them hit the balls and feeling their satisfaction they felt. I realized how gifted these kids were in certain aspects and at the same time struggled with the tasks that we take for granted. This experience has inspired me and gave me the idea of doing something to help autistic children, so they can live a better life. I aspire to create a cure, or treatment that can prevent autism, maybe some test that will detect it earlier and help reduce severity. I know that it will be tough, as many of my experiments will fail. I will surely face obstacles while pursuing my goals, but I’m ready for...
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