Personal Narrative: My Hard Work

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One thing that sets me apart from the other candidates applying to the University of California is my hard work. I have always been smaller than other kids my age. At 15 years old I was 4’ 10’’ and looked like I was eleven years old. Although this was an advantage at the airport, when I would begin to take off my shoes and the TSA Officer would look at me and say, “Don’t worry twelve and under can keep their shoes on.” I was often discredited for my size. Especially because I played volleyball, a sport known for its height. I constantly struggled to make a team I deserved to be on because people would see my height and automatically think I was not capable. Although my height often led me to feel discouraged and angry it eventually taught hard work. …show more content…
To this day I continue to fall behind in height and size, but not in hard work. I was named Most Valuable Player of my high school team and received athlete of the month from my conditioning program at Alpha Athletics. 

 Working hard gives me a confidence in myself that I did not have before. It gives me a sense of pride knowing that I have given it my all.

 Hard work is a quality that is hard to come by in my generation. Today kids can too easily take the easy way out or simply just give up. The hard work I have learned is a quality that will stick with me for the rest of my life and in everything I do. If I could leave you with one thing it is that, your appearance will not determine your future but your hard work

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