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The Power of Failure: How I Became Valedictorian

by | Jan 25, 2021 | Teen Innovators

I began to live by a motto– one by my own creation– go to your fullest potential. This was something I would repeat to myself on a daily basis, beginning in middle school. Had to study for a test? I studied my hardest. About to compete in a badminton tournament? I never gave up any point, no matter how exhausted I was. Extra credit offered in Spanish class? I took it. No matter what happened, if I got a bad grade or if lost the badminton match, I was completely satisfied with the end result. Why? Because I knew I gave it my all.I began to live by a motto– one by my own creation– go to your fullest potential. This was something I would repeat to myself on a daily basis, beginning in middle school. Had to study for a test? I studied my hardest. About to compete in a badminton tournament? I never gave up any point, no matter how exhausted I was. Extra credit offered in Spanish class? I took it. No matter what happened, if I got a bad grade or if lost the badminton match, I was completely satisfied with the end result. Why? Because I knew I gave it my all.

Upon reflecting on this motto, I have come to the realization that this motto has helped me attain the position of valedictorian of my high school class. Growing up, I never considered myself a “genius” or brilliant in one subject. In fact, I actually struggled a lot in math class. Despite all that, I was a hard worker. Like I mentioned above, I would always do the extra credit if offered, even if my grade was above 100. If I felt iffy on a topic in any of my classes, I would stay after and ask a lot of questions. No matter the class, math or english, I always studied for a test, always. So, if I received the test back and got a low score, I knew it was not because I did not study, it was because I genuinely did not know the answer. I mean I was my class valedictorian, so it was rare to receive anything lower than a C, especially because I always studied in advance, but that just reinforces the power of my motto.

Currently, I am a peer mentor for Teen Innovators. This program truly teaches teens to go to their fullest potential. The mentorship we offer causes teens to become inspired and invested in their pitch, so much so that sometimes they do not even realize they are giving it their all. We help teens reach their full potential by validating their ideas and by helping them unlock new ideas from their personal experience or through research. Hopefully, this powerful trait that teen innovators helps the youth to acquire, can be carried on into academics or extracurriculars. Who knows, maybe the next future valedictorian or all-state athlete will emerge from this program.

by one of Teen Innovators’ peer, Nellie.