I have grown up my entire life believing there was something I needed to change about myself because I was an introvert. Society made me believe the only way I could be successful was if I was extroverted. As I have gotten older, I have learned to appreciate that quality about myself. Shyness was an obstacle I was able to overcome, but being an introvert is something that will stay with me for the rest of my life.
Growing up this way has transformed me into a compassionate and humble person. Knowing what it feels like to be unaccepted in society inspires me to want to make everyone I meet feel welcome and appreciated.
In addition, everything I have accomplished in my life has been a result of hard work and dedication. After four years of competing in the Miss America’s Outstanding Teen program, I became Miss Michigan’s Outstanding Teen 2015. After growing up believing I was unfit to be a leader, I became my senior class president, a student representative on the school board, the junior drum major of the marching band, and a Leadership Advancement Scholar at Central Michigan University. I thrive off of people who tell me I cannot do something, because it gives me fire to want to prove them wrong.
In conclusion, I truly do believe anything is possible if you work hard enough for it. The greatest obstacle in a person’s life is fear telling them they are going to fail. However, all of my failures have helped me grow as a person and gain strength that was necessary for me to accomplish my goals. If it were not for the many obstacles I have encountered along the way, I would not be the person I am today.