Hannah Matthews - Grade 8, Hadley E. Watts Middle School
Dottie Yeck 2016 Writing Challenge
When you think about the future it is hard to imagine what yours will look like and even harder to try to prepare for your future. I am laying a foundation for my future by getting good grades, working hard in school, and participating in extracurricular activities. However I’m also laying a foundation by just being a good person. I do everything I can to help the community and to be a kind, polite person. By helping others and doing good deeds for people, I will gain respect from them. In the future, I would want to be respected as a worker, a mom, and a community member. Every day I try to do the right thing and make noble choices because every decision I make affects my future.
My mom has always been one person who has inspired me to be great. She is always there for me and always willing to help. My mom gives great advice and only wants what is best for my family. Honestly, I can’t imagine my life without my mom. Because of her, I am the polite, active, beautiful person people see today. My grandparents have also been a huge inspiration because I can count on them to always support me. Their childhood was very different from mine and I can always turn to them when I'm feeling sad. They help me put my life in perspective. Without my family and friends, my life and personality would be very different. When I grow up I would like to be a lawyer. My dad is a lawyer and his work has been fascinating to me. I want to go to a good college and finish with a masters in law. I know with the support from the people that I love, I will be able to achieve my goals.
This past year I did a huge project to help less fortunate kids have a great Christmas. With the inspiration of my mom and family, we helped ten kids in the Dayton area and a family of five girls. I got donations from family and friends and lots of items donated from a book club of wonderful Elementary students. Each of the kids I helped had a big shopping bag full of presents and warm weather items as well as a stocking filled with drinks and snacks. It felt so good to help and made me feel like a better person. Someday I hope I can make this project bigger and help more kids. My family always told me that I can do anything I put my heart. I’m so glad they raised me to be the helpful and generous person I am today. Right now I know if I stay on the right path and stay true to myself, my future will be everything I have imagined for myself.