Fitness is Salvation

Scholarship Entrant: CHRISTIAN from Willimatnic, CT
Essay Question: If you could earn a living doing what you love most, what would it be, and how would it change the world? Describe the specific goals you would set to make that dream a reality.
Vote for CHRISTIAN: 105

I still remember the feelings of loneliness, rejection, and self loathe that were part of my years in Middle School. Feelings that are all too familiar for anyone victim to bullying and lack of self-confidence. Sure they were just names and “jokes” but little did they know that with each time I was called “monkey” the anger inside of me intensified. Lifting weights and working out served as a perfect escape for this inner frustration and anger. With every rep and every accomplished goal I grew to accept myself more and more. I saw that through hard work, dedications, and discipline I could accomplish anything I set out in front of me. This constant cycle of setting goals and reaching them allowed me to establish self-worth in myself because fitness reassured I did matter and I was worth something. Through fitness I was able to pull myself out of the dark whole of contemplating suicide and reach a new height of confidence and self-acceptance that allows me to face any challenge ahead of me. For this reason I know I want to make a living being a personal trainer and nutritionist. These careers would allow me to share my experiences with people struggling with depression that results from a lack of self-confidence. Through introducing them to fitness and showing them that they can have the body of their dreams and love who they are I will able to help them out of the dark whole of depression and self-hate.

Vote for CHRISTIAN: 105

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