When I was a High School Freshman, I made the decision to try out for the Girls’ Softball team, with the encouragement of my French teacher and JV Softball coach, Silvia Obedowski. I worked for days practicing and attended all the tryouts, but didn’t make the team that year. I was heartbroken, but Ms. O encouraged me to keep at it and try again the following year, and I did. I attended a summer workshop with all the coaches that summer and increased my skills, even becoming a pitcher. School started again, the spring season came, and again I attended all the tryouts. This time I made the team and she was my coach.
Ms. O and I became good friends throughout my years in High School. She hired me to clean her house; her one fault was she wasn’t very good at cleaning. She was also working on her thesis papers and it was my mother who she asked to help her with the typing. I never forgot Ms. O and told many stories about her throughout the years. She was an inspiration to be and taught me that even if I wasn’t good enough to do something at the start, as it took was determination and I could do anything. That lesson has followed me throughout my life, as I am determined to succeed in everything I do and work to do just that.
I was lucky enough to meet up with her many years later and I let her know just how much she meant to my life and how much she had inspired me to follow my dreams. It was then that she told me that I had been an inspiration to her as well, and every year when softball season came around, she told all those wanting to tryout my story and to never give up trying. I don’t know where she is today, but she will always be an inspiration to me, as I am sure she was for many other students over the years.