The American Dream, Life, Liberty, And The Pursuit Of Happiness

915 Words Sep 27th, 2015 4 Pages
The American Dream, “Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness,” is a reason why my parents migrated from Yemen to United States of America in the late 70’s and early 80’s. My father was a hard working citizen, who spent little time at home and iced his back and feet when he did; he endured strenuous work before retiring from the railroad. My mother had the difficult duty to raise a boy basketball team and two daughters. My parents have always taught us, that if you want something, you work hard, if you work hard enough, the reward will be well worth it. This childhood lesson has followed me everywhere I go. As a child, I knew that there were many mountains to cross, and a mountain is made up of various hills. During rough times in my community, the uphill climbs lead to many opportunities. I would find the positive by assisting local law enforcement, the D.A.R.E. Program, with projects such as picking up trash or painting over vandalism at schools, parks, and neighborhoods. I have always been told that my maturity has always excelled past my age. As I became more of an adult, I began establishing leadership traits. I became heavily involved in the Special Olympics Club, becoming the Vice President my freshman year in High School. As my leadership skills began to grow, I found myself more involved in the Navy Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps and during my senior year I achieved the highest rank, Cadet Commander, mentoring and leading over 300 cadets. I…
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