Life will Throw you Curve Balls; it’s how you Respond to Adversity which Builds Character.

March 27th, 2015 | Uncategorized

Hey guys, hope you’ve been enjoying reading my blog posts! Today I want to share something with you that touches me deeply, as I take a step back and look at what’s been at the heart of my past accomplishments, and a factor that will continue to guide my future successes.  

As a kid growing up, I had a great childhood. I lived in a nice house, parents had nice cars, and my siblings and I always seemed to be the more “fortunate” kids on the block. That can be contributed to the fact that my parents have always been hard working people, and it paid off well for us as a family; for that I thank them greatly!


There is only 18 months between my older sister and I, so we grew up together; my brothers are 8 and 9 years younger.  She was the only girl so our parents tended to spoil her… probably more than she should’ve been. Things weren’t always handed to me like they were her, and on top of that I was never the type to ask for much anyway.


My sister was always gifted when it came to things like her intellectual learning abilities, creativeness, and her outgoing personality— qualities I’ve always had to work a little bit harder to grasp. My go-to example is how she’d be out hanging with friends the day before a big test, whereas I would be in my room studying until 2:00am.

When I think about the situation, I used to be jealous of her. But the older I get the more I appreciate how the challenges I faced has formed a dogmatic “shark mentality” in my approach to life.  I realize that this perspective on things has driven me to become much more of a go-getter. There were points in time where I felt that even people close to me didn’t believe in my abilities; this was one of the main motivators for my success.


My work ethic has allowed me to accomplish great things thus far, and will continue to be the foundation and stepping stones for my future.  My work ethic has made me a very prideful person and having been blessed with this characteristic it will continue to positively contribute to my life ….something in my control which I can “hang my hat on”. 


Not only have I found success in the classroom, I have also been able to accomplish so much more on the basketball court, as well as any other task I perform.  I would like to thank the ones I love most– my parents and family for being great role models, leaders, and providing me with the tools to succeed in life.


Victory Scholar: Darryl Durham

Sport League: Conference Carolinas

Present University: National University of Ireland Galway

Alma Mater: Belmont Abbey College

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