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Randy Pausch Essay

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“Brick walls are there for a reason. They’re not there to keep us out. The brick walls are there to give us a chance to show how badly we want something.” This was the mantra Randy Pausch lived by in his terminating life. In his book, which I learned the quote from, he talked about many challenges he overcame throughout his life. The largest obstacle I have had to overcome is the challenge of being a part of many extracurricular activities while maintaining above average grades in my rigorous schedule throughout the years. My freshman year I joined many extracurricular activities, and some of my grades started to show it. Four and a half weeks in, I had a part of the school play, I was a marcher in the marching band show for that year, and had golf practice almost every day. Each day when I finally got home, I took a shower, and then went to sleep; hardly any studying was done. A quarter of the semester passed, and my grades were below par. After realizing how bad my grades actually were, I studied thirty minutes each day. I fit in 30 minutes after play practice; while I ate before…show more content…
However, one twist was involved: college classes. I am taking four college classes this semester. Among the practices mentioned before, I added on many college level essays and research papers. I have learned to constantly keep on doing something whenever I have free time, whether it be studying while eating or finally getting home and do homework instead of going straight to bed. Just like Randy Pausch said, “brick walls are there for a reason … to give us a chance to show how badly we want something.” I knew since freshman year I wanted to maintain a 4.0, and I am proud to say that not only I have achieved the highest grade I could get but also joined and enjoyed many extracurricular activities. I know that whenever another brick wall presents itself to me, I will obtain monumental achievements because of
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