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Overcoming obstacles in life can be treacherous, rewarding

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February 10, 2012

“I don’t want to, I can’t, it’s too much work, why should I work somewhere and not get paid!” These are all the numerous things I hear every single day, whether it’s at school, at my daughter’s school, at my job or when I’m out in public. I hate those words!

When I was younger my mother always told me to never say I can’t and every time I said it, I either got scolded, or she turned the sentence around on me and asked me to give her a reason why I can. Ever since then I have been determined and ambitious to prove to her and myself that I can and I will get everything I want in life.

Life is, by far, not easy at all, nor will it ever be easy. It’s up to you to take control of your life, overcome obstacles and believe in yourself because otherwise, you will be thinking you can’t do it, when you actually can. It is way better to try and fail and try again, then to try and fail and never try again. This is why you are the only person that can make things possible, so get off your seat and believe in you!

I feel like I am honestly one of the oldest students on this campus because of everything that I overcame to get here. I have a 6-year-old daughter that I stayed home with, up until last year. I currently am: working twenty hours a week, interning at KARE 11, girl scout leader, taking my daughter to dance and swimming lessons, hosting segments on “Focus on You” for UW-River Falls, columnist for the Student Voice, DJ for Jerseys nightclub and I just started my own website for Journalism and Broadcasting. I want to give up almost everyday, but I can’t and I won’t because I have someone that looks up to me and I know that after this last year of school I will make it.

I hope that you in turn feel the same way, because you are your only true support system. Life is full of so many obstacles and you never know what direction you are going to take, but why not risk it and try every direction you can, then at least when you get older you will be able to say “I did that and tried it and nah, it’s not for me.” At least then you won’t live life with regret. I am a bartender and constantly talk to older people day after day and the three things they always tell me is that you should always listen to your gut, do and accomplish everything you have always wanted to in life and always say that you love someone that is close to you because you never know what will happen. Treat every day like it’s the last and believe in yourself, nothing could ever be better!

Jennylee Fahey is a student at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls.