“What if it doesn’t come true? Ah, but what if it does?” – Amber Scholl
I came across this quote when I was looking through my social media platforms and saw a very successful influencer on Youtube. When I first saw her, I had to admit that I felt like she had everything in life handed to her and didn’t have to work very hard for her dreams and goals. However, upon watching some of her videos, I found that she struggled a lot in life and had very difficult moments where she didn’t have any specific goals or belief that she can continue. The reason I bring this up in my personal statement this year is probably because this quote began to change my outlook on life. I used to think that we should never attempt things unless we can definitely succeed or definitely perfect the skill, my mindset was always to never attempt something if there is a possibility of failure. However, I think through the year and through looking at some of these positive influencers, I have realised that sometimes we’ll come across failures and challenges but if we don’t try nothing can be gained from the experience.
I think this year a major goal for myself is to attempt more things even if there is a possibility of failing or not being the best at it. Moving on to IB, there will be so many more opportunities to do this and I really want to push myself to get out of my comfort zone because I will never know my capabilities until I try. I’ve begun this process this year through the different activities I attempted: Culturama and Kahaani. Previously I would have never signed up for such activities because they require dancing in front of hundreds of people, where there is the clear possibility of messing up on stage with all these people. However, I pushed myself this year and tried to think in a way of how I could learn from these experiences and I must say that these experiences have taught me a lot about myself and they have been some activities that I’ve enjoyed the most this year.
Alternatively, this year I also decided to go for Student Council once again, I wasn’t planning on it because I was unsure if I would get in again and if I would be voted in again. However, once again using this mindset that I’ve adopted I decided to go for it and push myself, I think because of that I was able to gain this wonderful leadership experience once again and improve my skills. I think that ultimately this year, through my experiences I have learned that to gain anything in life, trying new things and getting out of your comfort zone is very much necessary. This is very intimidating and scary at first, but it is because of these experiences that we make things that we once thought could never happen.
To ensure that I actually keep up to date with this and continue to work on this, I’m going to set a goal for myself to try a new activity next year that I’ve never done in the past. I am also going to challenge myself to acquire a new skill every 3 months to ensure I’m continuing to work hard and try new things, getting out of my comfort zone. I think this is definitely necessary for me to progress and develop as a person, as well as test my limits to make my impossibles possibilities.