79 thoughts on “Perseverance

  1. I believe in many things but perhaps one of the most important qualities to have in life is the ability to not procrastinate. Procrastination is very common these days. Everyone does it at some point in their life, some more than others. I have a lot of experience with procrastination as I’m sure most students my age does. But over the past few years I have learned just how bad procrastination can be for you. I have been working on overcoming my chronic procrastination but I too still suffer from it. Although I have been getting better at managing my time.
    Homework is probably the most procrastinated part of my life and probably is for many other people my age. Many people despise homework and try to get out of doing it. Homework was a little bit different for me in high school because I went to a Technical high school. At my school we would have one week of academics and then a week of shop. During that week of shop, I would get a large amount of academic homework to complete over the shop week. It sounds easy enough, but if I put it all off until the last day which I did a few times along with many of my classmates. Doing that was not fun and lead to a lot of stress, anxiety, and lack of sleep. All three are unhealthy for the mind and body which is a big reason not to procrastinate.

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  2. I have been through a bit of adversity in my life. I grew up with my mother having schizophrenia. My parents fought often because of it, and my mother would constantly kick my dad out of the house – or he would just leave. Eventually, my mother stopped taking her prescription for her schizophrenia, and she snapped. My family had to establish restraining orders on her, and my sister and I went to counseling for the incident.
    There were more random acts of adversity in my life, but despite the hardships I faced, I was fortunate enough to never develop depression. This is why I believe in mental fortitude: the mental and emotional strength in facing a difficulty or adversity. I developed mental fortitude through my struggles by being strong and making the most out of my situation. I didn’t allow myself to become stressed over what I couldn’t change; instead, I used it as an opportunity to learn and become a stronger and wiser person.
    My mental fortitude and hardships taught me a lot about life and helped me grow as a person. These lessons translated into my education. I understood how important it is, and I strived to be excellent in all I do. Through my hard work in high school, I am ranked eighth in my class of 430 students, and I am part of the National Honor Society. My mental fortitude helped me not only survive through hardship, but to take the most out of it and become a very successful individual.

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  3. I am I firm believer in Murphy’s Law. Which in its simplest form is that whatever can go wrong will go wrong. More often than not you will suffer a setback rather than something being made easier for you. Whether it is in sports, work, class, or your personal life it is better, while unfortunately depressing, to be prepared for the worst outcome. Suffering a concussion, a mere month after returning from a knee injury. Spending extra time studying for a subject you struggle with only to still fail the test. Going to your guidance counselor about your class being too hard for you only to be told that you are too “smart” for the class below you and that you simply are not trying hard enough. That if you expect the worst you can only be pleasantly surprised when your situation is different from what you expected. That is what perseverance is. Accepting that things are what they are and that you need to force you way through. Rolling with the punches, taking a few on the chin, riding out the round and living to see another day. Leaving your comfort zone to get things done. Like writing an essay about what I believe in when you hate talking about yourself. Seeking out challenges as JFK put it “not because they are easy, but because they are hard. Most of all and most importantly doing what you have to do so you can do what you want to do.

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  4. Tyler Jacob

    I believe in optimism; there is always a bright side to life.
    My life so far might be a perfect example. I was born in Fall River, raised there until I was about five years old, and then moved into a brand new house my parents built in Westport. We were by no means rich, but we lived comfortably and happily.
    Then my parents divorced. I wasn’t even ten years old.
    For the past nine years, my mother, brother and I have had to deal with financial hardships, we have had to move four times, and every time we moved we had to learn about a new community and try to fit in, sometimes unsuccessfully. One place in particular, Winchendon Massachusetts, was extremely hostile to my family.
    Moving is scary and challenging, just like any large-scale change, but it allowed me to see so many new places, experience new events, understand people better, and it has allowed me to grow into a more open minded, outgoing, and caring individual. I realized that sometimes we have to make big changes in life for the best outcomes to occur. If I still lived in Winchendon, I would not be going to the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. I would not have met my amazing girlfriend, or any of my other friends. If I had not moved at all, I would not have gained the real-world perspective that I now have.
    I believe in optimism; there is always a bright side to life.

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  5. I believe in hard work and determination. It is two very simple things that will make or break you in life. it is something that is taught to you as you grow up and also something that you learn on your own by observing others. These two simple things can get you to go anywhere that you want in life.
    Determination to me is always trying to do your very best no matter what the outcome is. You may not be the very best compared to others but if you are determined and ready to work hard there is no such thing as boundaries. Hard work comes with determination. If you are determined to succeed, then you will work as hard as you can to get where you want to be.
    It does not come easy, and it is not a walk in the park. In order to succeed in any aspect of life you need to be determine. Working hard to get to where you want to be is a part of determination. It is a mindset that you have to know where your goals are and to know that they are attainable. Skill and luck are what people are always focusing on but at the end of the day the person who works hard and is determined will always win. This doesn’t happen in one day, it takes a very long time of hard work and dedication to reach your goals. People will always look for the big shot that has it all, but at the end of the day it is the person with less skill that has been fighting day after day, who puts in all the hard work and is determined to be the best that comes out on top.
    I believe that no matter what the circumstance hard work and determination will make you successful in life. These two simple things can bring you past all of the boundaries and it will prove everyone wrong. At the end of the day as long as you work hard and are determined to succeed nothing can stand in your way.

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  6. Mona Sok

    I believe in fighting. I believe in never giving up. No matter what the situation and no matter who you are, things always get better and work out for the best as long as you persevere through the hardships and remain hopeful. Coming from a household where my sister-in-law is a cancer survivor, I’ve come to the conclusion that we should all cherish life and be grateful for everything we have. Seeing how hard she fought just to make it to the next day really impacted my view on life. It was difficult to see her in so much pain and in such a fragile state, begging to come home from the hospital every night. It broke my heart every time the tears started rolling down her cheek whenever visiting hours came to an end. However, she remained in the hospital for months at a time, fighting through the sickness. Even when times got really rough and she felt as if she couldn’t bear the torment any longer, she remained hopeful and pushed through the pain. There were times where she could’ve easily given up, but she didn’t. After years of battling leukemia, she now remains in remission, living her life to the fullest. Months of chemotherapy, surgeries, and being trapped in a hospital bed all day would take a great toll on anybody. Nonetheless, she remains content with life, constantly giving back to others, and helping those who are less fortunate. She truly is one of the greatest role-models present in my life. No matter if the issue in your own life is big or small, you should never give up and fight to overcome the many obstacles that arise.

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  7. Xiomara La Porte

    A core belief is a word that someone believes in because it gives them purpose or meaning.One of my most valued core beliefs is perseverance without this nothing would ever be completed. What if Thomas Edison had given up after his first attempt of inventing the light bulb, the world would have to continue to use other sources like oil and fat in order to light their homes. Perseverance is something that we aren’t born with but gain while we travel through life and experience the ups and downs. Perseverance is an important trait which means yearning to push yourself past breaking points in order to achieve a goal, happiness, or succeed. A quote from Julie Andrews an actor is “Perseverance is failing 19 times and succeeding the 20th.” This quote has one meaning and that is no matter how many times you may fail never give up just get back up, dust yourself off and try again.” I gained perseverance when I applied to my highschool, I decided to attend a vocational school so that when I graduate I would have an academic and vocational education. Attending Diman Regional required a clean school record meaning no suspensions and no detentions and grades must be atleast a B+ plus average. I had to push myself through middle school making sure to succeed in order to meet my goal of attending Diman. I’m proud to say that I got accepted into Diman and to their nursing program which I graduated from this past June as a Certified Nurse aide.

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  8. Madi Rose

    “Sometimes things have to get worse before they can get better,” is a hard lesson I’ve had to learn. I believe in perseverance. Perseverance is the ability to go on when all things seem hopeless. It’s the ability to pick yourself up even at your lowest point. There’s times where it seems as if the whole world is against you and it takes everything not to give up. I’ve came to realization that there’s always a light at the end of any dark tunnel. One of the hardest things I’ve had to learn is that not everyone will have the same heart as you do. I’ve spent my whole life putting others before myself to only learn that many of those people would eventually hurt me. I remember as a young and naïve child, I would always tell myself I couldn’t wait to grow up. Now looking back at those moments, I wish I could be that innocent little girl again. Times seemed so much easier back then and it seemed as if there was not a worry in the world. If I knew what being a teenager really meant, I would have never tried to rush into my adult years. Being a teenager means endless stress, heartbreaks and expectations. High school was extremely difficult for me. I never expected half of the things I’ve had to overcome. Most of my high school years, I spent a significant amount of time on the wrong people. I never believed that I’d be betrayed by so many people in only four years. Despite all of those hardships, I try to make the best of things. I’ve remembered that no matter what, it always gets easier.

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  9. Carlange Borgelorme

    Aldrich is one of the hardest bosses in the game Dark Souls III. I literally just walked into the arena and a purple flash appeared, followed by a “you are dead” message. I felt humiliated and I was angry. So I charged in, determined to kill the boss. The second time, while fighting him, I was close to killing him, but Then he just keeps on spamming his attacks. Just before my last hit, a purple light of magic comes out of nowhere and killed me. This upset me even more, but I never gave up. With every respawn, I had gotten closer to killing him. I had died many times. On my last attempt I told myself “it’s almost over, just one more hit”, but Aldrich started spamming his attacks. I dodged them, and Then I seen the purple light that kept on killing me. I screamed, “fuck you!” as I dodged and killed him. “Lord of cinder has fallen” has covered my screen, signaling that I had finally killed Aldrich. I was so happy that I finally killed the boss.I believe in determination. No matter how difficult it is to overcome something, you keep fighting on until the job is complete. I have died more than thirty times, but each time I died, I studied his moves until I killed him. Without my determination I wouldn’t be able to kill Aldrich or accomplish anything important to me in life. This is the reason I belief in determination.

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  10. Dennis Fox

    Perseverance can be one of the most challenging but necessary qualities to strive for as a person in 2016. Failing to persevere means there really isn’t any reason to even start something as failure is imminent. For me it would mean I wouldn’t have my license, be able to pay for my phone bill and car insurance, in addition to attend a college. During highschool I so often wished I could just quit as it felt I surely never would have made it through my AP classes, having a job, and trying to beef up my resume through volunteering. At some points I just wanted to stop and drop my massive weight of responsibilities, but in retrospect persevering actually allowed me to develop a stronger muscle for time management and following through with large projects. Instead of playing xbox for four hours when I got home from work I would bust out my homework to ensure I could be the student I wanted to be and carry myself forward to college. I know that privileges like a cell phone and a car and a mac book don’t come easily, so I work for them. The famous phrase “ you get out what you put in”, will ring true for all of my colleagues at UMass Dartmouth, which is why I encourage all of us to go a step above yourself and continue to flourish as the more you work the more rewards you will reap. Allowing the intensity of your academics or your schedule to destroy your chances at success would be an incredibly poor one that would be regretted for the rest of your life. If the kitchen starts to gets too hot for you, don’t walk out, but stay until the job is done and do it until you’ve reached your goals. Nobody said you have to do it alone. You have your family, friends and teachers there to help along the way. As a freshman in college who realistically didn’t think he would be able to attend college, I believe in perseverance.

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  11. Conor Borus

    I believe that one of the most important qualities that any person can have is perseverance. This is because in life you never know what is going to come your way, you cannot plan for everything that will eventually come your way and possibly challenge you in something you do. When you are perseverant you generally are a hard worker and that means you will do almost anything to achieve your goal in what you are doing. If I wasn’t perseverant than my senior year in high school would have been a disaster. In my senior year of highschool I ran into my biggest challenge and that was AP calculus. After the first week of classes I wanted to give up and drop into the math course where I could just coast all year because it was stuff I had already learned. Then after some thinking I realized that I worked hard every year of school my whole life and proved to myself that I could do everything that had been thrown at me so far so why would this be different. I knew that if I did what I had done my whole life and work hard that I would persevere and make it through the class and that is exactly what I did. It may have taken me staying after two to three times a week to get extra one on one time with my teacher, but I did it and showing perseverance is always better than taking the easy way out.

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  12. Natalia Castillo

    Perseverance goes hand to hand with many core values. To be perseverant, one needs to have determination and a mindset toward a goal. I believe in perseverance because I am a living testimony that when a person perseveres he can obtain anything! When I turned nine, a great change occurred in my life. My parents decided to move to Lawrence, Massachusetts and start a new life in the United States and at that moment I did not speak English at all. However, I knew that I had to learn the language some way, somehow. Certainly, I put in all my effort into learning a foreign language and with time I was able to see the results of my sacrifice. Today, I am fluent in both Spanish, my native tongue, and English. Perseverance is something that nobody else can implement in you, but yourself because only you are in control of what you want to achieve. I knew that my parents and teachers had great intentions and absolutely wanted me to learn the language, but those intentions did not matter if I did not do my part and persevere without giving up. I was certain that at the end of the struggle I was going to be satisfied with the results. I do not speak English today because other people told me that it was important for me to learn English, but because I knew that it was important for me to learn English and I kept studying and trying.

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  13. Dylan DeChristopher

    Life kicks you to the curb more often than not. It is rare to find a human who has yet to overcome an obstacle in their existence. Nothing worthwhile comes easy, especially if you have a negative outlook towards your personal situation. Perseverance by definition means continued effort to do or achieve something despite difficulties, failure, or opposition. Essentially, when the going gets tough, stick it out. In order to lead a life filled with success and accomplishments, one must comprehend the importance of seeing out each endeavor until it is completed. And that is a lifestyle I strongly believe in. From the age of five to eighteen I had to climb the ladder of ranks and merit badges if I ever wanted to see a day where I was an Eagle Scout. It was extremely difficult as a younger scout because my peers would always ridicule me for being involved in scouts. I never let it get to me though. I knew my goal and I knew that I could persevere through the name calling because I had something to look ahead to. Years passed, merit badge classes came and I was coming up on the final one hundred meters worth of hurdles towards the rank of Eagle Scout. With the workload of Senior Year along with college applications and essays, receiving my Eagle Rank seem nearly impossible. In the end, I earned my rank of Eagle Scout and without perseverance and the mindset to want to overcome the challenges I faced, I would not have done so.

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  14. joshua trindade

    About a year ago I was a man without purpose. I sacrificed so much to lose the very thing I sacrificed for; My family. Losing that has been harder to cope with than losing any mere material object. My wife left me with nothing and it started to sink in that I would not see her nor my step-son again. That sinking feeling of not having purpose still sneaks up on me still. I did not feel like I could survive the despair I fell into. “How could everything fall apart like this?” I would ask myself trying to figure out what went wrong. The simple answer was addiction, but it was too simple. It was a very bitter pill to swallow and hard to grasp, but I came to realize that I couldn’t save someone who did not want to be saved. I had to make a decision; Give in to the hopelessness or persevere. I began to go to therapy, group counseling, reading self-help blogs, work on myself spiritually. I pursued the company of friends and family and faced the fear of hiding the shame and guilt of the situations in my life and also, the mistakes I had made. To move forward I had to also take accountability for my own faults and actions. I focused on things I needed to work on as a human being to better myself. With everything that has happened within the last few years I feel that I am a stronger and better person for persevering. I also decided to start my college education. I have waited so long to start and walls kept coming up. Walls can be scaled. Obstacles can be overcome. To be the best person I can be for others I must first be the best person for myself. Today I have found my purpose is to grow, learn, and push myself to be better. Hopefully in doing so I can also be a positive influence to others. I will persevere. This is what I believe.

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  15. Joseph Barber

    I believe we do not have enough dreamers. I believe that we, as a society, have lost a certain sense of wonder. My collection of Sci-Fi anthologies come from yesteryear to the 50’s. The earlier I go, the more I see a sense of wonder.
    My father introduced me to “Star Trek” and “Battlestar Galactica”, and my young mind absorbed these cosmic adventures. Indeed, it would be no surprise that science fiction inspired a nostalgic joy, which is an emotion I dearly needed. My greatest assistant was one single story found at a family tag sale, in a small book in a small box.
    This story, The Only Neat Thing To Do, as I began, seemed very simple. Two young protagonists, a tenacious teen girl and a kindly parasitic being, need to sacrifice themselves to ensure the safety of the human race. The story progresses as you’d expect, the slow discovery, the sad goodbyes, but the ending was the most striking thing. At the very end, after pages and pages of spaceships and gyros and thrusters and gravity fields, the final paragraph changes from this. “Images floating in (the) mind’s eye” finishes this story, a soft hum as two children, hand in hand, fall into a nova.
    This story cracked the sense of numbness that came after my father’s death. The story discarded the spaceships and numbers to swap to the true meaning – the people, the emotions they have, and the future they can make by using those emotions.

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  16. Joshua Esquivel

    Perseverance, a word many use to describe working hard and never giving up. That is too vague for me; resilience is similar but applies to me more than perseverance. Life is always going to throw curveballs regardless of how minor or major they may be. however, giving up is never the route to take. A friend once told me, “things get a lot, lot worse before getting any better”, and this was probably what got me through the worst experience of my life at home… being abandoned by my father. Not physically but emotionally, psychologically, and mentally. Never have I ever felt more of a burden to the person who is supposed to be there for me the most. For months and months, I was never able to convince myself that things were going to get better. It’s true when people say “you can’t teach a dog puppy tricks”, since you really can’t teach a grown person morals that you were supposed to have learned as a child. But as time passed, for over 17 years I finally realized that it was not me who was the problem. I had to convince myself that I could not give up on myself, because it was not me. Regardless of the issue, I had to be able to come back from it. “Minor setback for a major comeback”. For years, I had to deal with the constant guilt of not being good enough for him. Now, look where I am; full time freshman at UMass Dartmouth, worked 3 jobs over the summer, active leader in my community, all because I told myself I was good enough. I did not have to give up. I was able to make that major comeback.

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