Elsie's Webpage

"Take up one idea. Make that one idea your life - think of it, dream of it, live on that idea. Let the brain, muscles, nerves, every part of your body, be full of that idea, and just leave every other idea alone. This is the way to success" Swami Vivekanade

In my webpage you will find all of my work throughout the 2017-2018 year in Junior Seminar. These assignments and projects challenged me to think more about how I live my everyday life. Whether it be from learning about how the brain affects the body or how to manage our time more efficiently. But enough about school, below you will learn more about me.

The best moment in history was on July 25, 2001 at 8:06 pm. Don't remember it? Well get a pen and paper because this is how it all began. Your queen was born in Eau Claire Wisconsin, earlier than expected. Even though I may have come early I was ready to do great things. My family includes my younger sister (featured in the picture to your right), my mother Kari, my father Todd, my older sister Sydney, and my best friend Melian (my dog, who is also featured at the top of this page). I love staying active and being outside. Because of my love of the outdoors I plan on being a game warden, while working my way up to have a K-9. I have a fond love for animals that shows in my everyday life. One of the ways that I show this is being involved with FFA. I have always had a love for riding horses, but it became an even greater interest when I could ride with one of my best friends. The thing that fills my life the most and makes me feel great is when I can help others. Forensics has helped me do this because I have gotten more confident and can relate and talk to people better than I could before. Along the way of helping others I make new friendships all of the time and you make a special kind of trust and bond between you and that person. This gives you a great sense of gratitude. But what is even better is when I let someone else in. I may not do this all of the time but when I do it has always resulted in a special kind of friendship that I would not trade over the world. I have always loved the thrill of trying new things. Especially with things that get my heart pumping. At the beginning of middle school, I tried softball for the first time. I had done gymnastics for many years but I felt that I should try something new. Many of my friends were in softball so I thought that I would give that a shot. Even after just the first practice I fell in love. My friends one by one would quit but I stayed through all of these years and not a day goes by that I doubt my decision to join. I cannot get enough of it. I see myself in the future playing on a ladies' softball team with all of the older ladies that share the same passion about the game that I do. One of the biggest decisions that I have ever made was to run for royalty. I pushed myself way past my comfort zone and ended up winning Miss St. Croix Falls. Even though it is still just the beginning of my time on court I have made many new friendships that I know will last a lifetime. The biggest decision that I have made for a while was to look into the National Guard. Many people do not understand this or why I would want to put myself through it, and to be honest I cannot narrow it down to one specific reason. There are so many factors that have led me to make this decision. I am currently working on being enrolled and I hope that I can soon take all of the tests and finish all of the requirements so that I can start my service. What has helped me to achieve all of my skills is all of the people that saw something in me that I never saw in myself. Through all of my hard work I am very happy with the accomplishments and memories I have made to make me who I am today. Music has helped tremendously with this. I have always had a love for music. In band I play the flute and I also sing in choir. But I could not be where I am today without all of the help and support I have gotten from so many people in my life. I may not be great with words but this quote by John F. Kennedy has always gave me a better understanding of how actions speak louder than words. "As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not utter words, but to live by them."

"In the end, we only regret the chances we didn't take" Lewis Carol

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