On the Road to Perseverance

By Dayna Osafo June 2, 2015


Perseverance can be defined in many ways, but there is one way many people define it as this: making sure you don't give up when the situation looks bad, and working harder through adversity to reach your goal. Even though it may look really bad and somebody/something may have messed up really bad, you work hard to fix the problem and right that wrong that you made. The famous English film and stage actress Julie Andrews once said this, “Perseverance is failing 19 times and succeeding the 20th.” This shows that no matter how many times you fail, perseverance is finally succeeding.

Tom Monaghan/Eleanor Roosevelt Compare and Contrast

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Walt Whitman Description

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Walt Whitman typing a new story.

Walt Whitman was born in Long Island 1819 and was the second of nine other children. He decided to quit school at age 11 and became a printer’s apprentice at age 12. He was an apprentice for five years and the accepted a position to teach school at 17 and then went back into the newspaper business and made his own newspaper, which didn’t sell well. He then became a poet and published many books, including the famous Leaves of Grass. Unfortunately he was getting ill, so he had to stop because of his decline in health, and he died in 1892 after a second fatal stroke.

Jackie Robinson Cause and Effect

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Jackie Robinson up to bat.

Jackie Robinson joined the Brooklyn Dodgers as the first black player as part of an experiment and because of this, no black players were allowed at the games to support Jackie, but only white players. The white players and the audience members in the crowd went crazy with anger because of the fact that there were no black players in the MLB until Jackie Robinson, and they didn’t like it at all. He was discriminated even more than he usually was, and it was everywhere. Yet even though he was hated by the white players and members in the audience, he became one of the best players in baseball history. He made it possible for black players to be in the MLB, and started the revolution to alienate racial segregation.

Francisco Bucio Cronological/Sequence

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Francisco writing with his replaced fingers.
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Paige Rawl Problem/Solution

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Paige Rawl (right) talking on Today Book Club.

Paige Rawl found out she was HIV-positive in seventh grade, from her parents and when she made the decision to reveal it to the kids at school, they bullied her and called her P-AIDS. She would take medication every day, yet it didn’t stop the bullying. She went to both her doctor and a therapist and told her to try and ignore them, but she would still get hurtful messages on her locker. Because administrators at her school told her to stop the “drama”, even though the kids were really hurting her, her mother had to homeschool her. She tried to find solace in her friends, but they were afraid to touch her too so they ignored her. She also stopped soccer because her soccer coach tried to use her as an advantage because “no one would touch her”. After making the choice against taking a bottle of sleeping pills, she worked to reinvent herself and transcended her "P-AIDS" title. She is now a national youth speaker and an advocate speaker against bullying.

In Conclusion...

In conclusion, what I learned is that perseverance can come in many ways, but one way is this: perseverance is moving forward when times are tough, and not giving up when the situation looks at its worst, because it's worth it in the long run, and it's always darkest before the dawn so you may want to give up very badly, but you shouldn't because there's never something for nothing, you will always get something good back if you do something good.