True to myself

What would you say is your greatest talent or skill? How have you developed and demonstrated that talent over time? Things to consider: If there’s a talent or skill that you’re proud of, this is the time to share it. You don’t necessarily have to be recognized or have received awards for your talent (although if you did and you want to talk about, feel free to do so). Why is this talent or skill meaningful to you?Does the talent come naturally or have you worked hard to develop this skill or talent? Does your talent or skill allow you opportunities in or outside the classroom? If so, what are they and how do they fit into your schedule

My hand on the bar holds all my weight as my foot clumsily finds fifth position from fourth, while transitioning from relevé to plié. I struggle to remember tendu from bourree, then fall behind, as the rest of the class is executing the sequence with exact precision. I look at the 10 year old girls surrounding me, pre-puberty, then look at myself in the mirror. With thick thighs that look peculiar in pink tights, the image of me, a 15 year old girl, in this beginners ballet class, is humorous. But instead of running out the door, I rejoin and complete the sequence to my best ability.

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Fifteen tabs are open on my window, including YouTube videos on coding and many retail design templates. After spending hours into the night playing with the different tools on Illustrator, I am finally pleased with the design of my logo. My website for selling pants and art prints is coming together; although my friends are skeptical, I am certain that through social media and word of mouth, I will be able to market my handmade goods.

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I walk into the restaurant and take a deep breath, gripping my sense of self tightly. Although I have been vegetarian for over two years, my choice is still constantly questioned. I always thought the...

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