According to various studies and research compiled by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), traumatic brain injuries (TBI) have reached epidemic proportions. The CDC reports that more than 50,000 people die every year from causes associated with TBI....
Cassidy Habel – Burress Injury Law Underdog Scholarship Essay
I believe that all human beings are a product of their experiences. Some of those experiences can be difficult to overcome at the time, but make us stronger individuals in the long run. I had two substantial challenges growing up that helped me become the person I am today. I know now that I can overcome virtually any obstacle that is placed in front of me, and I am defined by my ability to persevere.
The first challenge came with the diagnosis of an auto-immune disorder. I was a young elementary student that really could not grasp the magnitude of my condition. It was a tremendously scary and uncertain time for me, but after a number of visits to the National Institutes of Health, I was able to get my condition under control. I missed quite a bit of school to travel to the NIH for treatment, but I never let it slow me down academically or socially. I now know what I need to do to keep myself healthy, and remember it only as a minor bump in the road.
The second event was quite different, but no less scary. I was enjoying an after school walk with my middle school friends when I was struck by a motorcycle as I was crossing the road. I looked down to find that my lower leg was shattered and a million thoughts rushed through my mind. Would I lose my leg? Would I cheer again? Would my life ever be the same?
I was airlifted to Children’s Hospital where I underwent emergency surgery. The doctors were able to save my leg and fix my internal injuries, but I would have along recovery ahead. I pushed every day to get better and amazed the doctors with how quickly I healed after such a horrific accident. Once again, I proved to myself that I could overcome virtually any obstacle. I even have an award named after me at Faubion Middle School, the Cassidy Habel Perseverance Award.
I missed quite a bit of school in both instances, but it never impacted my academics. I could no longer compete in Cross-Country but I never allowed it to derail my goal of becoming a high school cheerleader. I spent four years in high school as a cheerleader and earned three letters, all while maintaining a 3.71 grade point average. Those are two accomplishments I am very proud of considering what could have been.
Not only did those two events teach me about what I can push through in life, they also provided me with my hopeful educational and career path. I now know that I aspire to be a teacher. I want to be there for my future students like my teachers were there for me. I want to be able to tell kids first-hand that they can recover from just about anything, and I would love to be able to say that all of it started with an Education degree from Texas Tech University.