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Lessons in Life

By Elise Gattey

Today I am going to be telling you all about a life lesson of mine. About a year and a half ago I started a German class at the high school here in Grants Pass. As some of you might know my mom is German and she had taught my brothers and I German from a very young age. I am also a freshman, therefore I am 14 years old. I found out that I was going to be taking this class before my first class. This was really frustrating because I was 12 at the time. I realized that the class I would be taking wouldn’t be with kids my age, it would be with juniors and seniors. Kids 4-5 years older than me. I was very nervous and really didn’t want to take the class. The day of the class came and ended. I didn’t like the class because I felt like an extra, and I didn’t belong. A lot of the kids were friends and I didn’t know anyone. After the first 3 days of class we were given homework, and as usual I did my homework. After completing half of it I realized that I didn’t fully understand what she was teaching us.

My mom has done a great job at teaching us German, but due to the fact that we don’t live in Germany I did not fully understand the language and its structure. It was hard for me to adapt from conversational language to written grammar. I struggled with some of the homework. After a while I realized that I had to try harder. I studied a lot more for tests and spent a lot more time speaking the language and going over the sentence structure. The more confident I became the more I enjoyed it. I also started to excel in the class. If I had not studied more and spent more time going over what I had learned, I would not have learned what I did. If I had just done the homework and not cared, I would not have had a good grade in that class. This goes the same for all of my other classes and Life as well. If you don’t try hard in life you won’t succeed. Same goes for Karate, if you don’t practice your Kata at home and try your hardest you won’t go anywhere. A popular quote that I love to hear is “Nothing worth having comes easily.” I think we all need to apply this to our own lives. You need to try your hardest in all you do and never give up.

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