On August 10, 2002, I was born in Shakopee, Minnesota to my parents Kim and Jeff Holsclaw. I lived in Montgomery, Minnesota until I was about five years old. In search of a new job for my dad, I moved to a house near St. Croix Falls, Wisconsin. We used to own a German shorthair dog named Jax, a black lab dog named Roxy, and an Egyptian Mau cat named Tut. Now, we have two dogs named Sady and Marty, and we have a cat named Bubble. We also have four horses, some chickens, and some fish. The country has always been a home for me, since I live in Governor Knowles’ State Forest, which is adjacent to a horse trail network by the St. Croix River. My direct and extended family are all interested in hunting, fishing, and other similar sports. Although I am somewhat of a black sheep in my family, being that I usually isolate myself in my room, I still enjoy the nature near my house.
My biggest interests have hardly changed throughout my life, but one of my core values is taking opportunities. Because of that value, I have been involved in a variety of things such as Boy Scouts in middle school and track in high school. I was not born into religion, so I took the opportunity to join my youth group and go on two mission trips, which have been enlightening to me. One opportunity that changed my life was band. Before I joined band, I was only interested in video games and Magic: The Gathering, a trading card game. At the end of my freshman year in high school, I joined band and realized that it was missing in my life all along. Almost all my friends are in band, and I now realize I have an untapped potential in music.
Growing up, my biggest interest has always been in technology. I used my first computer, a tiny laptop, when I was three years old. From that time on, I have been an avid video gamer. As a result, I am a somewhat introverted person, and I feel that I have acute social skills. I make up my lack of social skills with my redeeming qualities of ambition, grit, and analysis.
I have always been a motivated student. Being a perfectionist, I never settle for anything less than keeping my GPA high. Life gives everyone breaks in life, and my break is in school, so I take that break and run with it. My ambition also helps me in that I love challenges and creating things. However, being good in school cannot be attributed just to willpower or talent, but primarily to grit. Junior seminar helped me realize just how significant grit is. If I did not have grit, I would have awful grades. Grit has also helped me to self-teach in programming and utilizing technology.
The quality that best defines my personality is analysis. I believe that I am a very introspective person at heart, and I use that introspection to achieve higher levels of metacognition and self-awareness. This self-awareness of my strengths and flaws helps me to improve in school and personal health. My brain is whirring everyday because I am constantly analyzing the people around me and the situations that I deal with. However, that strength can also be a flaw, because I tend to overthink and start to draw ridiculous conclusions.
My goals for the future are to graduate high school with a 4.0 GPA, to go to a four-year college for engineering, and to have great relationships with the people around me in my life. I think that taking opportunities and working towards these goals will prepare me for a successful and happy future.