Addiction Awareness Scholarship Campaign 2020 Round 2 - The past does not define me

Name: renee ayala
From: CHANDLER, Arizona
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The past does not define me

The past does not define me

Growing up as the first girl I had to play a role of being a “proper” girl. Given that I’m only 18 I have a lot to say. Me being my own role model, my depression, and my successes are reasons why I kept fighting. My life isn’t perfect but one thing I know is that I wouldn’t want to live any other type of way.

Growing up as the third oldest my two older brothers were my role models it brought me pain to not have them around. They were dropouts and had chosen the wrong group to hang around. Eventually I learned that the picture of a role model I had set wasn’t really them, I was going to be the role model of the family. I promised myself that I would do good for my two younger siblings. I was going to make it through high school, I was going to graduate, I was going to be successful. The neighbor I live in isn’t the best but ive never let that define me but it doesn’t mean that it’s easy. Within the last few years I didn’t make the right choices. Junior year it hit me that I can’t continue my life to live like that. I got back on track and now I’m a manager and going into my second semester of CNA.

My depression gave me a reason to fight. I lost my dad and ever since then I’ve never truly been me. I had a point where me and my mom were not getting along and I felt alone. Id go to my room right after school, i’d put my headphones in while in the car, once I got my job I started burying myself into work and because I did that I never had time to work on myself. One day it just hit me that this isn’t me that I had to stop pretending in order to be myself. I started working on myself, started getting my nails done, dressing the way I wanted to , and doing my makeup. I found a reason to live again. It wasn’t someone I was the reason.

One of my biggest accomplishments is being a manager. I didn’t like this job due to the fact that I was new and didn’t know anyone so I just made an assumption that no one liked me. Once I wasn’t offered this position I knew I had to do something right. My team means so much to me. Becoming an RN is my dream job and having the opportunity to get my CNA this year means everything to me. With all the community service I do and extra activities it makes me feel good giving back. I know I’m going to be doing this for a while.

I want to thank you for giving me this opportunity to apply for this scholarship. I’ve come a long way and I really hope that you take my application into consideration. I know that I will become successful.

 


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