Whether the challenge is naval defense or family finances or even just a flat tire on my bike before another night shift, I will be solving these problems and will always be looking to keep rolling on.
Success is triumphing over hardships -- willing yourself over anything and everything to achieve the best for yourself and your family.
With this scholarship, I will use it to continue focusing on my studies in math and engineering, instead of worrying about making money and sending more back home.
It will be an investment into myself for my family.
My low-income status was not a barrier but a launching pad to motivate and propel my success.
Through the successes of my efforts, I also realized that poverty was just a societal limitation. I was still flourishing in school, leading faith-based activities and taking an active role in community service.
From its good-natured bruise-counting competitions to its culture of hard work and perseverance, ice skating provided the nurturing environment that made my other challenges worthwhile.
Knowing that each moment on the ice represented a financial sacrifice for my family, I cherished every second I got. to practice what I had learned in my few precious minutes of coaching.
Laminated index cards, color-coded and full of vocabulary, became part of my daily life.
As someone who loves to engage in a conversation, it was very hard to feel as if my tongue was cut off.