Madeline Hofstetter - Grade 9, Chaminade Julienne High School
A Path of Life
I have grown to realize that the path of life requires hard work and admiration for what you work towards. You must find what you love and do it as much as you can. A love for your goal is key; how else will you obtain that kind of motivation?
It didn't take long to paint the enthusiastic picture of what my adult life would be. I will be a world-traveler with many notches in my belt of journeys. I will live in cities of art, surrounded by beautiful landscapes and the relics of my built life. I knew this at age seven, and now I have worked out how I plan to get there.
I will be a writer because it brings me happiness. A writer of artistic penmanship that shows thoughtfulness and care. Also, I want to help people, writing or speaking on human rights, because it is a passionate subject for me.
I’ve uncovered my plan thanks to my parents. They are avid supporters of the arts, so I have been given more opportunities and support than I could ask for. I spend most of my days with my family and I am a better person for it. They make me kinder and stronger, encouraging me to voice my opinions. They push me to do better. When I struggle they support me and offer sound advice. Thanks to them, I have gained a growing confidence in myself and what I write.
The school I attended in seventh and eighth grade shaped me in a way I didn't think two years could. I went in shaken and shy, and came out with a new confidence that far exceeded the first. Those were two of the best years of my life, filled with friends and laughter that my life had lacked before. My classmates showed me what kindness and acceptance really was, the school was a welcoming community where I was given the opportunity to flourish. I had a platform in social studies to voice my opinions about inequality. All this gave me a way to present my opinions on paper, showing me the confidence and persuasive voice I was capable of.
Experimentation and practice have guided me and transformed my writing style. Practice is key to being a better writer, and that's what I continue to do. Painting, photography, and eclectic music and reading tastes have shown me new perspectives and added a depth to my style that I love.
Through that amazing school, my artistic endeavors, and my parents, I have pieced together myself. I carefully laid the gems of my life’s work firmly into my life path. I can look back and see something beautiful that I am proud of. I will use that knowledge to know that when I look forward, what I see will be just as exquisite and will be walked by a version of me with a new confidence and determination, with even more happiness than I have now.