To often we are prisoners to the situation. To often we excuse ourselves into laziness. To often we reach for the easy thing. Throughout our lives, inherent within each moment, we have the opportunity for growth. This opportunity is to often passed up, a societal sickness made clear to me throughout my first quarter at college. This paradigm is one that has allowed us to become the worst version of ourselves, when instead we must work to be the best. That mindset of working to better myself through having a strong work ethic in every aspect of my life has not only taken me far, but has also been consistently instilled in me daily by my parents. I have learned to be open to the lessons taught by those around me and the lessons taught by my failures. Today I hope we can all realize the power of putting your heart and soul into each moment.


Jarod Contreras

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