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.