ALL WAYS UP FOUNDATION wrote -
“Knowledge is Power and Education Ignites Passion' 'Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate but that we are more powerful beyond measure.' Marianne Williamson lived and breathed the essence of commitment. She believed in commitment to your purpose and never doubting what you could accomplish. Commitment is a declarative decision to attach oneself to a cause and never let it go. Commitment is one believing that he/she has the power to change any and everything. College epitomizes commitment and can be considered an insuperable task. By obtaining a college education it fuels the power and catapults me in the direction to look beyond myself, step outside the box and help others. My high school experience has been a constant cycle of me, stepping out of my comfort zone. In the past I was extremely uncomfortable with putting myself in the spotlight. I think a lot of my hesitancies were due to lack of knowledge and understanding. However, in my junior year, I was forced to become an example on my basketball team, as a leader and a captain. Those experiences taught me that I am not always going to be the person who stands in the background and watch someone else take charge but it is up to me to learn more so I can help others. It taught me that what we think our inadequacies are can actually be our strengths. To overcome my inadequacies, I had to realize that a lot of my life experiences and fears were due to the unknown, the unfamiliar and the unlearned. Therefore I recognize that being prepared means obtaining a higher learnings. Throughout my high school career I have pushed myself by taking classes that are above the standard level and even classes above the honors level. However I understand that life is not just about the grade or number you receive in a course but determining your altitude, finding your niche and finding out what you can contribute to the world you live in. The more you know, the more you can help others. The past two summers I have participated in service projects that lasted over the span of one week each. During my summer break in 2012, I travelled to Costa Rica where my team had the amazing opportunity to provide free dental care along with generic medicines to a village that normally would not have had access to nor afford to receive. This past summer, I went around Raleigh and Wake Forest, feeding the homeless and also helped do landscaping for less fortunate neighborhoods. Each time I have participated I have become more and more comfortable with myself and serving others has become something I love to do. In college, I believe that service is an enormous part of the curriculum and I feel as though I can have a smooth transition into that expectation. A higher education will afford me the technology and know-how to equip myself to help others. Furthering my education allows me continued opportunities for positions of leadership and service, and enables me to grow within myself. I have no idea how people truly see me, but I can say that once I make a commitment I do my best to deliver, in excellence. College is an opportunity to exceed far beyond what is expected and excel beyond the norm. It provides an opportunity to develop our gifts, a platform for the unknown and the possibilities are endless. To be honest I am just seventeen years old and have a lot of dreams and goals but only God knows how I will turn out. I know that He has promised me an expected end and that my gifts will make room for me. However I know that education determines my altitude and I can only go as far as I know and to know is to recognize that a higher education is the key that unlocks the doors.