“Hard work pays off; Hard work pays off.” I have always wondered, when exactly it was going to pay off. As a 16-year-old junior in high school with a handful of opportunities, I had only one goal in mind: get the best grades possible for next year’s graduation. This goal meant I had to enter senior year with a secure seat as the valedictorian. But when I received my transcript in the beginning of my junior year, it said senior. The title of senior was due to the credit equivalence of an average New York senior in high school. This crucial information whipsawed me between being the valedictorian or becoming an early high school graduate. That was the moment I decided to take fate into my own hands and become an early high school advanced regents graduate. However, my success in high school led to the opportunity to accelerate to senior status earlier than expected. Graduating a year earlier meant I would get a yearlong head start in my career path. With diligence and resilience, I graduated June 25, 2015 with a mastery in science award, a civil leader award, a National Honor Society member award, and an advanced regents diploma. The moment upon completion, a near impossible goal, my family, friends, and companions in cohort 2015 were all proud of me. It was an accomplishment that shall be remembered for the rest of my life.
"Take a seat." For those in a position of great authority, they say this in their offices; for me, it was in the corner of a boxing gym during my
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It was May 25, 2018 at 7:47 in a steaming hot gymnasium when the name Anthony Joseph Sansalone was getting called from the loud speaker, the sixth to last person to receive their diploma I begun shaking the hands of all the board members and everything that I had known from the last 13 years at the same school was over and a new chapter of my life was stating to begin. A few seconds after receiving my diploma the Class President guided us to changing of our tassels from right to left then commencement was over and I was walking out with my future roommate at BGSU, Vincent Zhang, we looked at each other knowing that our high school career was descending and our college careers were lifting off together. High school was tuff for me due to the fact that I have know what I wanted to do since I was a freshman, I want to become an animator and work for an Academy Award winning company such as
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In all honesty, it was not until last week when a stark white envelope was delivered to my house with my name printed in the top left corner that I would have considered myself to be an honors student. Prior to this moment, I had believed I was merely doing what was expected of me. Report cards littered with A’s and B’s kept mom and dad happy. I participated in clubs that brought joy to my life, introduced me to the people who are now some of my best friends, and allowed me to discover a passion for performing. I worked two jobs to help put food on the table during some rough times which taught me to tackle problems head on and allowed me to give back to my family. I’ve been fortunate for the opportunities I’ve had throughout my high school career; I value deeply what I have learned and the growth I’ve experienced, but I had never taken a moment to examine the true weight of what I was doing. My white envelope moment changed the way I thought. Throughout this past week, I have reflected on the qualities that separate me from any ordinary student and have determined that it is my grit and resilience that have catapulted me on to the path of the SNHU honors program.
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