Before I was selected to become an All-Star I thought I had everything together and that I was on the fast track towards a successful life; however, that couldn’t have been further from the truth. In reality, I was pretending to be someone that I was not and although I was thriving in my academic career -- my personal life was a sham. I was an insecure individual who hid behind all of my scholastic awards and overworked myself so I would not focus on the negativity in my life. I was simply afraid to be me. I quickly realized as an All-star that all of my accomplishments did not mean anything if I did not love myself.
As I begin to pack my belongings to head home I can't help but feel an emptiness in my heart. The All-Stars were like family to me and it hurts knowing that I may never see them again, but I am thankful for the time that I was able to spend with them. They impacted me in ways that I never imagined and I admire all of them for their strength and passion. Thanks to them I feel like a stronger person and for the first time in my life … I actually love myself. I would not have come to this realization if it were not for my fellow All-Stars and for that I am forever grateful.
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