Here are a few things I realized about myself in the short time here:
I am a perfectionist. This, however, is a blessed suffering. In particular, this character trait aids me in obtaining high grades but also results in countless hours of stress. If I were ever to leave an assignment blank before bed, my mind would run until I finally removed myself from the sheets only to grab a pencil and complete what was left unfinished.
I am consumed by the ideals representative of the 1950's. I came to this realization through my somewhat unnatural obsession with big band sound along with reading Brave New World by Aldous Huxley. I admire chivalry, the sanctity of marriage, and value the significance of an intelligent conversation. I would much rather talk to a person face to face instead of making one small movement to click the "send" button on my cell phone. I find the smell of the earth after a summer rain more stimulating than the most current video game released for the Xbox360. Huxley tactfully exposed the perversity of our current consumeristic society in his futuristic novel, a future that is all to real.
I have a love for the eccentricities of life. The most intriguing aspect of our beautiful planet, to me, is that something seemingly simple is equally complex. A single drop of water is composed of millions of atoms of hydrogen and oxygen slipping and sliding past each other to find their place. A singular tree is an ecosystem to thousands of creatures, plants, and insects. Humans are no different. Each person you come across has they own story, their own set of morals, and their own experiences that makes them unique.
I am an animal enthusiast. I will be attending Michigan State University next fall to major in pre-veterinary studies. Yes, this I may have known before I entered high school but it is a quality that truly makes me the person that I am. I believe that animals have feelings, just as people do. I can say that I have experienced this first hand with my horse, Sonny. Looking into his eyes, I can tell if he is having a good day or bad, I can sense if he is in pain or is bursting with energy. Knowing this made him human to me. Through my parent's divorce and many other personal foes I've been posed against, my equine counterpart was always there to hold me upright. He was the family that I was missing, he was the friend I did not possess, he was the sounding board I needed to keep me level. That bond, the bond between animal and human, is so bare and raw and innate. It is a connection that is so pure words are too tainted to being to describe how it feels.
Each of these ideals an qualities have molded me into the graduate that is typing this for you to read today.