Personal Narrative : My Personal Experience In High School

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During the Winter of 2015, I was a sophomore in high school who was unmotivated to succeed. Most of my academic career I coasted by with sparse bursts of effort that were sufficient enough to sustain my passing GPA. I cared about little other than getting home everyday to ignore my homework and play videogames for hours on end. At that time I weighed the most I ever have in my life, eating unhealthy paired with a lethargic lifestyle. My math teacher at the time was Mr. Stern, a 6-foot tall, 260 pound Jewish man, who was balding. I was in his homeroom class, sitting in a generic green school chair, when he let us know he would start coaching the varsity wrestling team. At the time I had almost no idea what high school wrestling was, I had …show more content…

I have never ran that much in my life previously, so at the end of it I was bent over coughing my lungs out from exhaustion. I looked around, and to my surprise, the roughly 20 other guys were also exhausted. This made me feel a little better, but I was still sure I would not make the cut, simply because of my terrible physical shape. We all went back inside the lunchroom, slowly, and got settled up standing on the lunchrooms scuffed yellow and white floors. The next part of tryouts was general strength and conditioning exercises, which included carrying another person around, in our weight class, on our backs and running back and forth in the cafeteria. Now back then I weighed around 195 pounds with very little muscle, so when I was tasked with carrying another one of the heavyset people, I nearly fell onto the floor, buckling under his weight. The rest of the exercises included more running, push ups, sit ups, wall sits (all on the dirty lunchroom floor), and then it was over after two hours. Let me tell you this, the smell of a school lunchroom mixed with the sweat of over 20 sweaty high school kids is abhorrent. When I got home that day I was exhausted, and fell asleep straight away thinking I did all of that for nothing because I would not make it. This series of events repeated for three days, the length of the tryouts. The next day I heard the results were posted outside the gym, so when I

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