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I’ve always appreciated my education. As a kid, I would get bummed about summer or winter break simply because I didn’t want to stop learning! I approached each reading assignment eagerly knowing that it would lead to an essay where I could share my opinions on the stories. Even when I felt stressed about math assignments and annotations that were due, in the back of my mind I still always felt a sense of joy.


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Ever since middle school, I knew I wanted to go to college. As a physically disabled young adult, there are not a lot of job opportunities I could pursue without a degree. I can’t work part-time at a Mcdonald’s (nor do I want to), so I invest every part of me in my education. This obstacle sometimes leads to mental and physical breakdowns, as my body fatigues much sooner than my mind. But I take those moments and embrace them; I’m allowed to be upset with the circumstances. I take that momentum and use it to create a plan for my week so I can complete everything on time. Sometimes this means I have to wake up 30 minutes early, other times it means prioritizing some assignments over others. 

My passion for education motivates me at the times I need it most. Just the other day I didn’t do anything other than eat a few snacks and watch TV. I felt terrible at the time. I shamed myself for the lack of productivity. After this, however, I felt well rested for the next few days and used it to get me through the rest of the week. 


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Education is important for everyone and there are times in our lives when it matters more. For me, I think I will always have the drive to learn and will always get giddy when something clicks in my mind. Once I finish my undergraduate studies, I think I’ll be returning to school again.

Hi, I’m Zoe! I am a sophomore at DU studying English and I’m from Colorado Springs, CO. I love reading and writing, listening to music and attending concerts, and hanging out with my family!
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