THE VENTURE TO PERSEVERANCE
By: Isha Agasthi
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Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg started playing the violin at 6 years old. By the time she was 12 years old, she gave up because she though she wasn't good enough to play the violin. But then she knew that playing the violin is something she would do. The older she became, the better she got. She knew the better she got, it would be harder to quit. She got accepted into Juilliard and started to realize that some people at Juilliard were very talented and are better than her. She was having doubts about herself and wondering if she was good enough or not. When she was 19, she knew that she sounded terrible on the violin. She stopped playing for seven months. She talked to her teacher Miss DeLay and her teacher said that if she doesn't bring her violin in, she will throw her out of her class. Nadja heard about the 1981 Walter W. Naumburg International Violin Competition and had an ambition to win. The winner would get three thousand dollars and get a solo recital at the Library of Congress, Lincoln Center 's Alice Tully Hall. Nadja wanted to win so bad and practiced thirteen hours every day. She wanted to get better and at least get into the finals. But her eating habits became bad and she lived on junk food for eight weeks. Then she wanted to get back in shape and do good for her competition. There were about fifty people auditioning for the competition. After a couple of of days, she found out that she made it to the finals along with thirteen other people. She got a call and got the news that she had made the finals. For the finals, she performed a piece by Tchaikovsky. She was so happy after she finished. After that, Nadja didn't even care if she had made the finals or not because she was proud of herself for playing the best she had ever played. The president of the Naumburg Foundation, Robert Mann came on stage to present the award to the winner. Nadja had realized that she won the competition and was so happy! Nadja got to perform and share her talent for people all over the world and proved herself.
Jackie Robinson was born on January 31, 1919 in Georgia. He was an African American who went to the University of California, Los Angeles where he got four varsity letters. In 1944, sports were segregated, and Jackie Robinson played in the Negro Leagues. Branch Rickey, was a coach for the Ohio Wesleyan and then became the president of the Brooklyn Dodgers. He had to find an ideal player and found Jackie Robinson. Branch Rickey wanted to combine the Major League Baseball. Rickey knew that not everyone would accept Jackie and made him promise not to fight back when people disrespected him about his color. Some of Jackie's teammates opposed to have him on the team. Jackie had a very successful year with a .349 batting average and .985 fielding percentage. Since he was so successful, he was promoted to the Dodgers. He was officially the first African American player in the MLB. Jackie still was troubled by people. Some people on the other team and his team said that they would sit out if Jackie still played in the MLB. Some people defended Jackie and helped him show others his talent for baseball. In 1949, he got the National Leagues Most Valuable Player Award. Jackie also was good friends with Martin Luther King Jr. and helped fight for civil rights. Jackie Robinson is considered to be one the most greatest baseball players of all time.
Since Eleanor was born, her mother always hated her. She thought that Eleanor was ugly and not noble. She would tease her or make fun of her and call her granny. Even when Eleanor was adhere to her, she never loved and cared for Eleanor as Eleanor's father did. Eleanor's father was the only one who loved and cared for her, and when he left, Eleanor was alone. She felt worthless because she had no friends and no one who would even talk nicely to her. When she was 8 years old, her mother died to a sickness and her brother died in the same year. After her mother and brother had died, she was sent to live in her Uncle Ted's house. Eleanor's cousin, Alice Roosevelt, always made Eleanor feel uncomfortable about her self and she would always pick out everything bad about Eleanor. Before Eleanor turned 15 years old, her Grandmother Hall sent her to a boarding school in England. She went to Allenswood, a school for girls in the outskirts in London. While she was at boarding school, she became more confident about herself. She fell in love with her fifth cousin, Franklin D. Roosevelt and they were married in 1905. In 1921, Franklin fell ill with polio. He lived, but the lower part of his body was paralyzed. Eleanor didn't want Franklin to give up on politics and Franklin agreed. In 1932, Franklin was elected as President of the United States. While Eleanor was the First Lady, she fought for her conviction. She helped a black singer, Marian Anderson to perform at an auditorium in Washington, D.C. Eleanor also helped raise money for the Red Cross from the Pearl Harbor attack. In April 1945, Eleanor got the news that her husband had died. Even after Eleanor wasn't the First Lady anymore, she did great things like editing the Declaration of Human Rights. She also traveled to the slums and gave the love she never got as a child to the children in places like India, Yugoslavia, Lebanon, and Israel. Even though Eleanor Roosevelt may not be alive, she is still one of the worlds most powerful women.
Eleanor Roosevelt & Jackie Robinson, How They Both Persevered (Compare & Contrast)
Jackie Robinson and Eleanor Roosevelt both have had many adversities in their lives that prevented them from doing what they have wanted. Jackie Robinson was an African American and he didn't have the same rights as white people. He was not allowed to play in the MLB and wasn't allowed to travel on the same bus as his teammates. Jackie Robinson was also physically and verbally abused and he couldn't say anything about it. Eleanor Roosevelt's mother hated her since the day she was born because Eleanor was ugly. Since Eleanor's mother always made fun of her and never complimented her or made Eleanor feel good about herself, Eleanor became shy and didn't have any self esteem. When Eleanor was 8 years old, both her mother and brother died in the same year to an illness. Eleanor's husband, Franklin D. Roosevelt suffered from polio and almost died the first time he got it. Eleanor and Jackie were both similar because they both persevered through hard times and were persistent by never giving up.