Danyk Jacobsen’s belief in hard work

As a young kid that found goal setting insignificant, I soon realized the importance it truly had. Growing up my goals were small, and very unknown. My parents instilled in me the importance of hard work in whichever I decided to endure.  And in return I worked hard and began to accomplish many things.

Moving on through middle school and into high school, my horizons expanded and my goals became more complex. I began working even harder. Knowing I wanted to continue my education with college as well as compete in wrestling, I knew I had a long way to go. Despite hard work, setbacks  seemed to rear their ugly head. During wrestling I experienced unwanted losses, injuries, and other roadblocks along the way. Academically, classes began to get tougher and balancing both academics and athletics got tougher.

Looking back throughout my high school career, I am grateful for  my accomplishments, including becoming a two-time state champion in wrestling and receiving high academics. With these combined I have received a scholarship to pursue mechanical engineering as well as compete in wrestling at the University of Mary in Bismarck, North Dakota.  

 The big thing that I took away from my experience is that there are a lot of people that care for you, however, those people will not accomplish your goals nor feel for you when setbacks occur. It is up to you to persevere, be the person to work when nobody is watching, and that is when you’ll truly succeed. In a day and age when nobody works towards goals, and everyone expects things to get handed to them, the individual that goes above and beyond still accomplishing their goals is truly on another level.