The personal project that I am most proud of while being in college, would be my This I Believe project I did last semester. It was fun to create but, also meant a lot to me as well. We were asked as a class to make a video with pictures, and audio to illustrate what we believe most in. The title of my video was, Dreams Really Do Come True.
I believe that everyone has a dream when your little, to be a firefighter, a nurse, or even a princess. As we grow older are dreams sometimes turn into reality. My dream was to play sports at the college level. I played sports all my life since the fourth grade, up until High school. I never stopped believing In myself to play college sports. I sent out my highlight video and game film to all the nearby colleges. I denied offer after offer until receiving a call from the head volleyball coach of Northwest. Northwest was at the top of my list so of course I said yes right away. This was one of the most exciting moments of my life; although my time of playing basketball was coming to an end I received an amazing opportunity to play college volleyball. After a year passed without basketball my life just did not seem complete. So after volleyball ended the following year I walked on to the basketball team. Believe it or not I made the team and my college life consisted of playing both volleyball and basketball for four years. I finally had my dream come true; it took a lot of hard work and determination to get where I am today. The reason I never gave up was because of my family. They always believed in me, and gave me the heart and perseverance to keep going.
The reason this project meant so much to me was because, it was more than a project I got to wright about my dreams that came true. I figure not very many people follow their dreams and actually make it into reality. It was a great feeling writing about such an amazing memory that I will never forget for the rest of my life.
Link to video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=roaJTcgcW2Y
As I read the article on Alex from Target, it was very unexpected and surprising. This all happened to an ordinary guy simply because some girl thought he was cute. The fact that she tweeted this picture and it had that many re-tweets is remarkable. The world got to see first-hand exactly what social media can do. It can make people famous.
I think there are many ways social media can turn ordinary people into celebrities. For example, Justin Bieber getting famous over Youtube. All he did was post his music and it took one person to notice his talent and good looks and make him a star. I also was watching the Vampire Diaries interviews they had after one of there shows aired with all the cast present. The audience actually asked them the question, “what advice do you have for the people in the audience who want to be famous actors like you?” Their responses were just ordinary like anyone else. They simply said sometimes you get lucky. The answer no just simply means not yet and to keep trying. One actor in particular Ian somerhalder said, “You really just have to keep trying and have confidence in yourself. I blew one of my additions but I kept trying and asked for a retake because I knew I could have done better.” I think the cast answered that question from the audience amazing. People watching could really relate just because they all had their fair share of no and getting turned down , but one day someone said yes and they got lucky.
The moral of my blog today is just to keep trying and never give up who knows one day someone could say yes and you could be famous. Maybe you could be an extra on Vampire Diaries.
A recent story that drew my attention was about an athlete. A college basketball player by the name of Lauren Hill a 19 year old freshman is fighting a cancerous tumor. The doctors told her she would not live through December. As hard as that was to hear that would not stop her from playing the game she loves. The game was two weeks away when she found out she had a tumor. Not knowing what condition she would be in on game day, she fought every day up until Sunday and was able to play in her game against Hiram College. Despite, experiencing headaches and nausea everyday she played through the pain. Hill practiced her layups every day during practice with her left hand because her right side was too weak to shoot a basketball. She wanted to have one last opportunity to play the games she loves and score. The team practiced a play for weeks to get Hill the ball so she could score the lay in she had been practicing so hard at with her left hand. The stands were crowded with 10,000 people there to support Hill. The 19 year old college basketball player story has inspired a lot of people all over the world many by her courage. Hills, goal was to play in Sunday’s game and raise money and awareness to fight DIPG. She later accomplished her second goal by attending many social media events sharing her message. As far as raising money hill asked colleges to donate #22 jerseys so she could donate them and raise money for others that have cancer. She also launched her own campaign “layup for Lauren”. This campaign was to have people spin around 5 times and shoot a lay in with their off hand. The goal of this was to give others the challenge that Lauren has because of her condition. If you miss the layup you must donate 10 dollars to cancer research. After Hill’s layup in an interview she said “I’ve never felt so good in my entire life”.
Source: “Basketball Player Dying of Cancer Sinks Layup in Inspirational College Debut.” Yahoo Sports. N.p., n.d. Web. 02 Nov. 2014.