For some reason, those words stuck with me. It set the tone for the rest of my high school years. Reflecting back, Mr. Palmer's guidance both academically and athletically had a major impact on my life. His influence played a major decision in my college major choice of finance, and to this day, I still use his stretching routine before every workout.
In society today, it is crucial that we embrace our differences, not criticize or condemn, as they do not always imply a negative connotation. In light of ongoing religious hate crimes like the Pittsburgh synagogue shooting, it is important to remember that we all fall under the same category of human beings, and that appreciating differences only adds to the collective human experience.
Though he was a confident, devoted Catholic, and I was a shy, agnostic individual, I believe our differences were the main reason for our strong bond.
After giving me a high-five with a smile on his face, not only did I finish the rest of the tryout, but I found myself running at the same pace as my in-shape peers.
By the end of the week, the final track and field roster was posted outside Mr. Palmer’s door. After going through name by name, I finally saw my name—the last on the list.
... ... ... Calvin
WHAT?! No way!
I ran jubilantly inside Mr. Palmer’s classroom and told him that I was ready to put in nothing but one-hundred percent effort into every practice there on out.
You've earned it, Calvin! Way to push through the rest of the tryout.
Coach Palmer, thanks so much! I'll put everything I got into track!