Name: Lorin Ward
From: Richton Park , IL
If its broke, fix it!
Some people don’t want to be fixed because being broken gets them attention. This is a saying that resonated with me, but I could not quite relate. I wanted to be fixed and never wanted attention. As a young child, I knew I was different and always longed to be normal; the last thing I wanted was attention. I was often teased and mimicked by my peers. They would always say, “you need to be in a bubble” this was all because of my countless allergens and chronic asthma. But this wasn’t my only challenge if they only knew asthma was not the only battle I was fighting. My uncle lived with my family, and at the time, I didn’t know what a drug addict was.
I didn’t even know he was an addict; I just knew that things always came up missing, and my mother was always angry at him. It created something that I became used to a not so normal life. My other friends had normal families. They lived with their mothers and fathers, they could have friends over to spend the night, but I couldn’t, and it was all because of my uncle’s addiction. Imagine being a child and already having your own personal challenges and then have the addiction of your family member as well. My mother would never put him out because even though he had problems, he had nowhere to go, and after all, it was her brother, and she loved him. But what about me, what about my brother. She didn’t realize that the sacrifice she gave for letting him live with us. Sacrificed how her own children felt. After years of putting up with his addicted behaviors, he finally got his life together, but the damage to our family had already been done. Despite these encounters and many other obstacles, I began to embrace a sense of normalcy and acceptance and began to explore all that hindered me.
Even though I had some challenges, I have accomplished much since then, but the paramount achievement was being inducted into the National Honor Society. This was my most rewarding experience; this night was momentous. This was an honor I was so proud of. It showed that I have arrived, all I worked for paid off, it showed that I was amongst the best of the best, not just in academics but also in character, leadership, and service. It validated my determination and commitment and ultimately allowed me to serve others.
My mother never put extra pressure on me, but I have always been self-driven and goal-oriented, and I think that is what she appreciates most about me.
It took me a while to realize the magnitude of the sacrifice my mom made, but once I did, I aligned my goals and objectives towards repaying her by working hard in school and making the most of every opportunity provided to me. My ultimate goal is to vindicate my mothers’ sacrifices by making something of myself by continuing my education and achieving my ultimate goal of becoming a doctor.