“If there is no struggle there is no progress,” these words spoken by Fredrick Douglas, reflect the essence of my families’ motivation to stay strong and always peruse a better life. This quote is especially significant to me because it reflects my drive and passion to achieve my own dreams in life. My parents played a major role in inspiring me to help other people, and to work hard to achieve my goals; they thought me by example. I realized that I have been blessed to have the parents that I do. I deeply value what they have thought me: the strength, integrity, and compassion for others.
My parents have taught me right from wrong in many of ways from not to lie, to treat others like you want to be treated and to respect your elders with respect as well. With these morals and values that my parents taught me, my life will be easier to stay on a straight and narrow path for what is going to happen in the future. My parents have worked all their life to supply and support the family the decided to have and they have instilled that into me for when the time comes when I decide to have a family and I want to support my family like my parents did for me and to make sure they succeed in life like I am. My parents have pushed me to make sure to stay in school and get a degree because back then it wasn’t the “thing” to do. My parents went to some college but ended up getting jobs and starting a life.
National Honor Society By: Aleesta Clodfelter National Honor Society is having the characteristics of leadership, character, and service. I think that National Honor Society is the right thing for me because my parents have instilled in me a sense of responsibility and the care for others. This is such a formidable opportunity itself to be involved in due to the dedication of helping and caring for others, and being associated with multitudes of non- profit organizations. Leadership plays a huge role. I’ve always tried to show more of an independent role as a student, and help others who don’t quite understand the things that I do.
Nobody can take away your level of effort. Another core belief that I have is to always look at the best in things no matter what. This belief helps a ton when you think that things aren't going your way. I got this belief from my parents also. My parents really believed in shaping me into a good person when i was younger.
The choice was difficult yet necessary, as I knew that my parent’s desire for me to return to school was influencing me. The need for a better life for me and my family was the most significant reason. Multi-tasking home tasks, work life, and college seemed overwhelming, yet necessary to restart a life that leads me in the right direction. The thought of returning to school was intimidating since I wasn’t quite sure of what I wanted to do. Sacrifice was something that I had to learn to tolerate when returning to school.
My plans are to not only use education as a tool to prepare myself for a profession, but also to help me become a self sufficient individual who is fully prepared for life. Continuing my education in counseling has been my ultimate goal. Now, I will be able to help others by providing the necessary orientation in aspects of life such as: marriage, substance abuse that can make a difference in society. My parents did not realize all the important values I had learned from them. I believe that those values lead me to pursue my goals.
I did have some pressure from my parents to get good grades and to learn right from wrong. So the law of influence was a big thing because I wanted to be just like my parents. In my teen years, I was also using the law of influence because of how much I wanted to impress and get the approval of my parents. I guess through my whole life I was looking for approval from my elders in my life. I also wanted to grow up to do something to help people.
They were extremely disappointed in me but loved me nevertheless. They supported and encouraged my decision to keep my child. They told me they would be there for me and always have been. I learned very quickly what it meant to be a grown up. All of a sudden every decision I made had an impact on not only me but also on the little one growing inside of me.
Coming from a big family I have seen certain family members struggle in life simply because they did not have an educational background. This has only motivated me to want to finish getting my degree so I can hopefully find a great career in the near future. Going through everything I did with my family in the past will benefit me as I begin this degree program also because when I finish I hope I will have inspired other members in my family to finish school also. Being African American has set me back in life a few times but every since I experienced that it has only made me more determined to finish school. This way, the next time I apply for a job they will be too impressed with my educational background to turn me