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  • In the end of seventh grade/the beginning of eighth, my family encountered problems that forever changed the person who I am and who I became, along with the relationships I had with my family. We encountered deep financial problems that I believed were my fault at the time.
  • Life at the time changed for me, I stopped caring about everything. Grades, school, my relationships with others. I felt like there was no point in doing anything anymore, as no matter what I did, I wouldn't be able to change my circumstances.
  • It wasn't until I was confronted with the consequences of my actions that I realized that things went terribly wrong. Although at the time school didn't really matter to me, my friends at the time did. Starting over at a different school and leaving my friends would have meant that I might enter a deeper depression I perhaps could not escape from. At the time, friends were the only ones I could really lean onto for emotional support. Even though no one besides family knew about my circumstances, I felt happier at school than I ever had at home.
  • Step by step, I began to steadily work more and began caring a little bit more. In the end, my work did pay off, and I felt things slowly getting better around me. Although my familial circumstances weren't getting better, instead they had actually gotten worse, I found that I could at least control some of my external factors.
  • After that, I slowly began working to better myself. I became a better person, a better friend, and a better student. I found that if I worked towards more positive actions to make myself happier, then I could overall ignore my internal circumstances and work on developing a better future for myself. I joined track and began working out, and had even developed a sort of family there for myself.
  • Overall, I feel like I've worked so hard to overcome the obstacles I've faced in my life and to better myself as a person, but the efforts don't necessarily show on the outside. I already feel like I've accomplished so much as a person, but in the end it might not matter so much. In the end, my main goal is to make the efforts I've made turn into something great. I want to be able to one day tell my story proudly instead of hiding it like I still do.
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