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The Most Important Lesson I Learned at APS, by Courtlyn Nyenhuis

Nyenhuis, CourtlynSchool teaches several important concepts to its students. The concepts do not even have to be about the subjects taught. The most important lesson I learned from my years at Allendale High School is how to overcome and learn from adversity. Knowing how to overcome adversity is important because I’m going to face adversity for the rest of my life. No matter how good my life looks to others, I still had to overcome things to get here.

During my high school career, I have had to overcome several obstacles of adversity, ranging from not understanding a math problem to the challenges of two Advanced Placement courses, to completing a high level Spanish course while playing a sport. For example, in all my math classes, there was at least one question (probably more than that) that I did not know how to solve. After thinking about it, and conversing with several of my classmates, I could finally reach the right answer. After figuring out one problem, I realized that I could solve almost any other problem. I learned from working hard to overcome.

In all four years of high school, I participated in a sport. Juggling  practice and games and my school work was a struggle. There was so much to do and not a lot of time to do it. Somehow I managed to do well with my sports and maintain my 4.0 GPA. I also faced adversity within my sports. There were always people I did not get along with. We did not always have a winning team. But we overcame and always made the best of what we had.

Learning how to overcome and learn from adversity was one of the most important things I learned at Allendale. This is a skill I will need my whole life. I know I’m going to face adversity sometime in the future. It is probably going to be situations that will be more difficult than not knowing how to do a math problem or struggling to balance school and sports. Knowing that I am able to overcome adversity,  however, will make this less of a struggle.

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