Part of Me

The cycle of books comes and goes in an English class, each one filled with a different story, perspective, and world to dive in. The memories and horrors of war from “All Quiet on the Western Front” drifts away and another time period has begun with revenge, love, jealousy, and strength from “The Count of Monte Cristo” by Alexandre Dumas. I’m already one chapter in and there is already drama sneaking around from every corner. During the reign of Napoleon of France, a young had the perfect life until what I like to call “The Back Stab” happened. Think of it like this: You are a 19 year old and you just got a new car, became the boss of the job of your dreams, about to get married, and about to see your father who you haven’t seen for so many years. Sounds good right? Well, during the wedding, the FBI rushes into the room right before you can say “I do,” then they whisk you away to a prison on an island in the middle of some ocean. Edmond Dantes, the main character of “The Count of Monte Cristo,” had to experience EVERY SINGLE BIT of that. You can’t even imagine the suffering he had to go through. But there is a part of him that will never be taken away from him: his determination.

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Hall of Fame

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I feel that positivity and self determination can get people very far in life. My accelerated¬† geometry teacher, Mr. Billingsley, always quoted this, “attitude over aptitude.” According to, “attitude” is “manner, disposition, feeling, position, etc., with regard to a person or thing; tendency or orientation, especially of the mind” and “aptitude” is capability; ability; innate or acquired capacity for something; talent; readiness or quickness in learning; intelligence.” I agree with my teacher because a positive attitude and dedication increases your effort in whatever you’re working on. Whenever Mr. Billingsley gave us a math chapter test, we would always groan and say things like, “Well, who’s ready to fail!? There goes my B… At least you have a B…” But he would always cheer us up and play his theme song, which is Hall of Fame by The Script ft.

Saying things like “I can never get it…it’s too hard…this is too difficult for me…only in my dreams…I give up,” will only hold you back from being awesome. Hopefully this song will help your change those thoughts. Let’s figure out the meaning of “Hall of Fame,” for all those who are in need of encouragement (which is everyone)!
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