-Martin Luther King, Jr.
Challenges are what shape us as people. When I came to Fenn, I was expecting challenges. I was quite nervous, because I didn't know exactly what type of challenges to expect, but I decided I would give it my best effort. While my old school was fun, the work wasn't incredibly difficult. Fenn presented me with new difficulties: more work and new people. I decided to dive into these with an open mind, and it turned out great. From trial, error, and lots of effort, I now know how to challenge myself, and how to overcome these challenges.
Nothing is achieved without failure. When I was in seventh grade, I was having trouble with algebra. Over some time, I put off some assignments because I was confused with the material until I was missing a few homework assignments. This became a real problem for me, because my math grade began to drop as a result of it. Luckily, my teacher gave me the opportunity to make up the missing work. I worked until midnight after school every day for a week until I finally finished them and my grade was repaired. After I finished, it felt pretty good to know that I had caught up. I learned from this experience to always work hard through challenges, even if they are intimidating.
Fear is a great motivator. At camp caribou before the ninth grade year started, I was presented with a challenge to climb a tree and move across a line. This was something that I had done before, so I was not intimidated at first. However, it became clear that this experience was to be more challenging than before. My climb up the tree was difficult, because the staples in the tree were incredibly small. I could barely fit my foot on some of them. Now, I am not afraid of heights. Roller coasters, tall buildings, and airplanes do not bother me. However, I am afraid of falling. So when the time came for me to wrap my arms around the tree and swing a leg over a cable, I became nervous. After a few deep breaths, I was ready to go. I swung my leg up, scraped the cable with my leg but missed, lost my footing, and fell. I was in a harness, but my heart was racing and I was scared. Although this set me back, I was able to complete the challenge in my second attempt.
Challenges are a way of testing your limits, and seeing what you can do. They are made to shape people into a version that is stronger, smarter, and better. Without challenges, nobody would be motivated to make any progress in anything, and the world would be a place without adventure, happiness, or fun.