The Thirty-First Day of the Third Month of the Year 2013
The Final Stretch
So here we are, the final six weeks of my freshman year and it is time to look back on what I have gone through. Arriving sick at Norwich for the first day of freshman orientation, starting a completely new cirriculum with classes that I have never even touched on in my high school career, finding a new group of friends, going through two roommates before finding one I like, and falling in love with the most amazing girl I have come across in my life. My freshman year has been full of ups and downs, bad days and good days, good grades and bad grades, but I have learned from everything this year, and I cannot wait to see what the next three years here at Norwich have in store for me. As I start to fully delve into my major in my sophomore year, I will get to fully experience what computer security is all about; I will find out what I will hopefully be doing for the rest of my life. If I have learned one thing this year, that is to never quit. Never stop going for what you want, never let your guard down, and never say "I can't..." You can make of your future whatever you want of it. It is your future and no one can tell you otherwise. I've been pushed to my limits and I've been driven insane by the people around me, but I've learned to cope and just keep doing my thing. I've been told by many people that I can't do things, but I have proven them wrong. I have proven to myself that I can do whatever I want in this world. My father once told me, "You can do whatever you want in life as long as you aren't breaking the law or hurting anyone else." I still have the letter...
Rocky Balboa once gave a speech to his son in Rocky Balboa. He shares his wisdom to his son, much like my father did to me.
"Let me tell you something you already know.The world ain’t all sunshine and rainbows. It’s a very mean and nasty place, and I don’t care how tough you are, it will beat you to your knees and keep you there permanently if you let it. You, me, or nobody is gonna hit as hard as life. But it ain’t about how hard you hit, it’s about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward. How much you can take and keep moving forward. That’s how winning is done! Now if you know what you’re worth, then go out and get what you’re worth! But you gotta be willing to take the hits. And not pointing fingers saying you ain’t where you wanna be because of him, or her, or anybody! Cowards do that and that ain’t you! You’re better than that!"