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Jennifer Ames For the sake of simplicity, in describing myself, I like to separate my life into two distinct segments; pre-passion and post-passion.   Pre-passion: By any account, I had a rough start. My childhood was riddled with all of the stereotypical “broken home” attributes, which resulted in my assumption of independence at a very early age. For many years, I considered myself a product of this bad luck, and I allowed my situation define who I was. My grades were poor, and I lacked the passion for anything (sports, music, art, etc.) that I saw in my peers. At the age of fourteen (the age at which a child is legally able to work), I got my first job, and I became addicted. For the first time in my life, I was able to garner respect from adults who applauded my work ethic, awe from friends who admired my maturity, and a discretionary income that allowed me to be self-sufficient. Most importantly, I discovered my zeal for self-enrichment.   Post-passion: Today I thrive on overcoming challenges and learning new things, both professionally and academically, and I prefer to stay busy to the point of exhaustion. Jumping head-first into new experiences has opened my eyes to my strengths and my passions, which include riding my motorcycle, mountain biking, making movies and photography. Looking back at my experiences, I find that my biggest strength is my ability devise new and unique ways to overcome obstacles. Ultimately, my goal is to utilize this strength to enrich the lives of children with stories like mine, whose unfortunate circumstances leave them unable to thrive academically. Through the use of unconventional and innovative methods of education, I hope to expose marginalized students to the fun and benefit of education, offering them an opportunity to discover their own passions.
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“There are always three speeches, for every one you actually gave. The one you practiced, the one you gave, and the one you wish you gave.” – Dale Carnegie In October 2010, I was asked to give the keynote address at a charity dinner attended by over 150 financial contributors. I was an ardent supporter of the charity, and this would be the largest group of people I had ever addressed; I was nothing short of honored by the request. In an effort to appear professional and poised, I immediately began to construct my speech, and painstakingly attempted to memorize it, down to the letter. When the time came to address my audience, however, nerves set in. My hands shook, voice trembled, and mind became cloudy. I realized that my time spent memorizing was in vain as I stumbled over my rehearsed speech, making very little, if any, sense to
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