The lessons we take from obstacles we encounter can be fundamental to later success. Recount a time when you faced a challenge, setback, or failure. How did it affect you, and what did you learn from the experience? Failure’s True PurposeThe sounding of the buzzer, almost drowned out by the roar of the crowd, echoed throughthe stadium as the new state champions began to celebrate. Frozen, I knelt at midfield, my eyes focusing on the light reflecting off the synthetic turf, my ears drowning out the deafening cheers coming from the stands. My team had just fallen 13-10 in the state championship game and, in that moment, I longed to be anywhere but on that lacrosse field. I could not help but feel that all the hard work, all the training, all the effort we had put into the past six months meant nothing; we were the losers. These were just some of the many negative thoughts racing through my head as I walked off the field. I had just begun to pack up my gear when my coach walked over and embraced me. “Remember how this loss feels. Use it as motivation next season and I promise you, we will be unstoppable,” he said. I was not listening. Nothing could distract me from an overwhelming feeling of failure. During the game, I had plenty of chances to score, to give my team the upper hand, but none of them were successful. It felt as though the loss was completely my fault and, as I sulked away, I thought about quitting. I had put so much time and effort into that season, practicing every day and pushing my body beyond its limit, only to be defeated in the end. I was heartbroken. It was not until I lay silently in bed later that night, analyzing every detail of the
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- Fall '17
- Arthur Gamboa
- English, Admission Essay