Olivia Durushia


"You've gotta dance like there's nobody watching, Love like you'll never be hurt, Sing like there's nobody listening, And live like it's heaven on earth." William W. Purkey

Hello and welcome to the webpage of Olivia Durushia, with this site you can learn a little about me and my junior year. If you would like to view my previous projects from each semester, just choose one of the links above and start your adventure!

I came into this world on October 19th, 2002, at Regions Hospital in St. Paul, Minnesota. As a child, I resigned for half my life in one particularly dangerous spot within the massive concrete jungle known as Como, in southeast Minneapolis, alongside my mother and father. My mother can even recall an experience where she once went for a run and stumbled across a large puddle of blood on the sidewalk about a block away from our house. Apparently, someone had been stabbed and the worst part is that this occurrence was rather common in our area. My family was initially financially unstable. Neither my mother nor my father had any form of further education after high school. Making it very hard to find a stable and well-paying job that would supply a healthy middle-class homelife. Not to mention, an unexpected new born child… surprise, mom and dad! Despite the odds stacked against my parents, my mother went college and earned a degree sociology while my father went to trade school to become a mason. They broke from the shackles of this broken life in order to give me a better life.

The moment my parents saved enough money for a new home, we moved to a quiet town in Wisconsin known as St. Croix Falls when I was about nine of age. However, no matter how awful neighborhood was I still didn’t want to leave, it was all I knew and all I had. It might have been trash but it was also my home. This thinking made it difficult for me to adjust to my new life. after all, going from a classroom of forty-five kids to a classroom of eighteen is pretty big change. Nonetheless, once I got settled in I began to enjoy the serenity of the countryside. My parents were happy, I was happy, and most importantly, this experience made us stronger as a family. Which improved my homelife a lot.

As my life progressed I became extremely infatuated with certain sports and activities. My main addictions are running, drawing, playing the guitar, and traveling. I won’t lie, running to me originally sounded absolutely awful. After all, isn’t that how coaches punish kids in other sports? Once I started though, I began to feel healthier, stronger, and happier. Running taught me to truly not knock something tell you try it. Drawing on the other hand I had appreciated my entire life, ever since I was a child I’ve enjoyed creating beautiful artwork. Turning a boring, blank, white sheet of paper into a colorful inspirational landscape of imagination makes me feel powerful. Plus, when I’m bored in class doodling in my notes is always something to do. Another way I express myself is with music, playing guitar helps me channel my emotions and occasionally practice my writing skills when I attempt write a song. I may not be Rockstar yet, but maybe one day I’ll get there. Speaking of getting there… I’ve traveled all over! In the past I’ve visited the Bahamas, Canada, Mexico, Sweden, Amsterdam, and many states in the U.S. including Hawaii. Experiencing more about other cultures opens my mind to all sorts of possibility’s and shows me how different my way of life compared to someone else’s can be. After all, traveling, to me, is more than just a way for me to escape from my reality, it’s an opportunity to journey out of my reality into another person’s.

Overall, I want to be successful with all aspects of my life. I wish to achieve happiness and well-paying career. Making me personally motivated by success. From past experiences, I’ve found that the harder I work, the more fortunate I seem to be. This discovery drives me too become the best version of myself. After all, I was taught from a young age that if all you do is simply lay around and do nothing than, as a result, you will go absolutely nowhere. Thinking about success causes me to create new goals and strive to complete old ones. It also motivates me to persevere through the tough times and do things that I don’t always wish to do. Thanks to this characteristic, I have a 3.750 GPA and continue to get better at my personal hobbies and interests each and every day as well.

When I look ahead into my future I see myself as a successful intellectual property lawyer with a college degree in mechanical engineering and political science, followed by a degree earned at law school. I intend on going to either the University of Minnesota, St. Paul, or the University of Wisconsin, Madison. When I go to college I wish to double major and graduate in roughly four to five years. After I graduate, I will begin my career as an engineer while going to law school online, which will take me about three years. Once I have finally achieved all three degrees, I will end my career as an engineer and, at long last, pursue my dream as an intellectual property lawyer. Though the future is unknown I will continue to plan for success and strive to achieve my goal.

I will prepare and someday my chance will come. Abraham Lincoln