Since I had nothing better to do and since my mother always teased my underdeveloped muffin top, I didn’t think it was going to be a big deal so I enlisted in the team. Not long after that, my whole purpose for joining had changed tremendously. It was as if my eyes were finally forced open to see what I always wanted to see. I no longer saw myself as a regular student with a goal of finishing with a “good enough”. I now strived for the best and a hundred percent effort. This is all thanks to the qualities gained from the coaches and the things they coached me to
I joined my school’s cross country team in the summer. At the beginning we performed pre-season workouts. The training was tough, but my proud personality and the very thought of what I had to gain kept me motivated and helped me push through the pain. Every time I felt like giving up or quitting, I would say to myself, “This pain is only temporary; remember that the reward will be permanent, and it will be worth the pain that I endure today.” I was able to push through the
Experiencing hard times is something that human beings endure at some point in their life: Death being one of them. Death affects everyone, whether it is a family member, a close friend, or even a pet, losing someone or something is still a hardship that is never easy to encounter. Gustave Flaubert said, “A friend who dies, it’s something of you who dies”. I could not agree more with this quote. Dealing with the loss of a friend so close to you, takes a part of you away as well. No parent should ever have to bury his or her own child and no thirteen year old should have to face such a loss at a young age, however, on April 21, 2011, my whole life changed.
‘Das Leben der Anderen’ (The Lives of Others) is a striking example of how a director can convey narrative links within a film by employing various styles and film techniques. The Lives of Others relies upon these visual means to assist with the telling of the story as much as it relies upon the script. In this selected sequence of the film, several narrative links are drawn here to form the conclusion of ‘Operation Lazlo’. These narrative links are further cemented by Donnersmarck’s use of various lighting styles, diegtic and non-diegtic sound, revealing camera shots and intricate mise-en-scene.
After arriving to school in August at my peak of happiness, things went south to say the least. Two of the coaches who made me fall in love with the rowing program at Washington State left within my first week of practice. Following the coaches leave, about half the team who I had met over my visit and continued contact with over summer had quit as well. In a state of confusion and anger I decided to keep my head up and try it out for the remainder of the semester, though quickly realizing the program just was not for me anymore. A few months later I applied to Western Washington University, as their assistant coach had been the start of my entire rowing career, and I knew the team had performed well each year. I was not ready to give up the sport I love quite
When I first joined the swim team, I wasn’t expecting much of an improvement in my swimming ability. Since my fear of drowning from early childhood onto my ability to only handle shallow water. There wasn’t much progress. My coach was persistent and with the help of my teammates, I found myself challenged in a
I was never the best swimmer, but I certainly worked hard, and had the most fun doing it. When it came time to apply to University, I didn’t have the times to qualify for the University team. However, my old coach put in a good word about my work ethic and improvement, and as a result I was on the team. Once again, through dedication, I am now set to graduate as a 4th year Bison Athlete. This dedication and hard work extends beyond sport—I’ve maintained a GPA above 4.0 (4.09 unadjusted; 4.13 adjusted) and have been honored as Academic All-Canadian each
I heard the horn, and felt my legs get shot with a rush of adrenaline, and I heard, my coxswain Keith yell, “C’mon boys lets go! Catch!… Send! Catch!… Send!”. And then his voice began to fade, as I looked out at all the boats flying through the water. No wasn't I in the boat that just left, I was holding it. Helping my team on the day of the South West Rowing Championships. Though I had stopped my rowing career a little earlier because my parents told me it was time I started focusing on school, I could not and can not take my heart away from Lake Notoma. Since stopping football after freshman year, the Sac State Aquatic Center was home. After school I would immediately go there to practice, only coming home after the sun had set to do homework
...my rowing coach has taught me a lot about this idea of "perseverance and grit". Not letting your crew down, driving onto the finish, and being able to truly believe that the rest of your crew is just a tired and in just as much pain as you are during a race. Over Washington’s 1936 Crews epic journey of perseverance and determination they experienced more adversity, pain, and discouragement than most face in a lifetime. They entered the University of Washington as boys and emerged as men. This was the inspirational tale of perseverance and one of the Greatest Olympic Stories lost in time.
Privacy, “the state or condition of being free from being observed or disturbed by other people.” A concept which once had meaning and validity, however that concept is challenged today in modern day times as a result of technological advances. One may not feel observed or disturbed by other people, although with the introduction on interconnected devices, global position services, cellular towers, as well as with the internet that concept of being private slowly disappears. All the data transmitted through these devices are stored in databases, digested by algorithms, and served up for various purposes. The more we as a society move towards technology and easy-to-access information the less sensitive private data individuals retain. Previously as we seen in the 1984 German film “The Lives of Others,” in-order to spy on someone it required a fleet of tools, tails, bugged locations, and a
A weight I have been carry without much help has been the decision of whether to do crew next year or in college. It is a sport with many of my best friends, but most them will be graduating next year. When I open my Surface, I realize that not a single on of the four boys in my background photo will be on the team next year. Do I go through another year without the support system that has pushed me to become the coxswain and person I am today? This reminder of decisions to be made returns the stress and anxiety. Adding more weight to my bag through these decisions is something I need to address. Will I be able to carry the weight of rowing without the people who made me love the sport in the first place? It is a question to ask about how I will address the added pressure of a new team
So during the rest of summer break and most of the fall, I spent extra hours working out by myself in order to prove myself to her. Then for the second year in the row, I made the Charles eight, one of the most prestigious and sought-after spots on the rowing team. Inevitably, I was very proud and received a lot of congratulations, but the one that mattered the most was from Coach.
When someone tells you that you cannot do something, you use that as fuel for the fire, not something that stamps it out. There was a swimmer that wanted to drop a whole second in her 50 freestyle her senior year. In swimming, that is a lot of time, especially at her level. Another girl laughed at her goal, because she knew how challenging it would be. Eventually she dropped that second that she wanted because she wanted it and she worked for it. She could do it because she was dedicated and did not let others' negative comments get to her head. Another example of dedication could be looking past the fact that you have not reached your goal this season, and seeing that there is still another opportunity next year. Always listen to people that tell you that you are ready, you are prepared, you can throw harder, you can swim faster, you can run longer, you can kick farther, you do more than you think you
In today’s society individuals differ in many ways, some possessions becoming more significant in value than others. While there is a large variety to choose from I have chosen what has made an impact and affected my life the most, and arranged them in the top three of my list. I have placed God, my family and education before anything and everything else.