Kira Markowski - Grade 9, Centerville High School
Positivity Paves the Path
Les Brown once stated, “In every day, there are 1,440 minutes. That means we have 1,440 daily opportunities to make a positive impact.” Of course, going to school and getting an education is a foundation for my life. Although, according to Census.gov, “in 2015, the majority (88 percent) of adults were at least high school graduates and more than half (59 percent) had completed some college or more.” I want to live a successful life, so how do I make my life different than everybody else’s? My answer is simple but significant; my character. Dottie’s philosophy has helped me to really understand the foundation that I chose not too long ago, “Being Good + Doing Good = Having Fun + Being Happy”.
Of course, I take my education very seriously, but my eighth grade E/LA teacher taught me a vital lesson; that I need to find something that makes me different than everybody else. This helped me contribute to my own self improvement because I learned that only I hold the key that can unlock the door to my future happiness. We wrote a letter to the college of our choice, and we each answered a different prompt. She told us that colleges receive millions of letters that all sound the same, and you want to be the letter that grasps their attention. When writing this letter, I had a problem. I had expected that my test scores and grades would catch their attention, but I was wrong. This is when I decided to take the action to improve my character in order to set the foundation for the rest of my life. I realized that I needed to take steps towards getting more involved in my community and school. A good person would be wanted in a college in order to make the whole environment a better place for everybody else. Although, my character would help me get even further than just a few years in college. My character can lead me to a job that I would enjoy waking up to every morning, and overall lead to a more experienced and joyful life.
The steps I have already taken to set my foundation include joining the high school soccer team, helping tutor my friends, and helping out my teachers with their classroom whenever I can. My family and friends always seem to boost my self esteem when I am around them, and when I positively impact them I gain the confidence to do more and help more people. Getting involved has helped me to create more relationships and has overall made me a happier person. More steps that I need to take include joining more clubs at the high school and making new friends after my transition from middle school to high school, but nothing happens immediately. I know that I have lots of time to leave positive impacts on people’s lives, and by doing so, I am setting my foundation that I choose to set.