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      My name is Alyssa Tran. I am currently a sixteen-year-old junior at St. Croix Falls Highschool. As a student with, my life is hectic. School, clubs and responsibilities, fills my schedule, leaving me exhausted at the end of the day. Thankfully my two dogs, Loki and Pepsi, relieve me of my stress. I could explain how I am involved in Forensics, Student Council, as well as a plethora of other clubs. But I don't want that to define me. The activities that I do are not the person I am. Yes, they help build a general character about me, but I believe my history and thoughts will do a better job of describing who I am.

      I would describe myself as introspective. Thoughts and ideas occupy my mind, often distracting me from reality. Because of this, I have a tendency to over analyze things, so I try to be more light hearted. I know I have a lot of flaws and I try to work at them everyday. My straightforward personality is often misinterpreted as uncaring or harsh, but underneath my exterior I am a caring and open person. I try to understand things from other people's views because I understand that everyone comes from a different perspective and are just trying to protect themselves. One of my core values is self improvement. I have always tried to learn new things about the world. Self improvement means that no matter the privilige of someone, everyone can improve their stature, intelligence, and self.

      My past was filled with laughter and smiles, my mother and father always encouraged me to grow up and be a daughter they would be proud of. My mother, Sandy Dolphin, was always there to comfort me whenever I fell, while my father, Larry Tran, taught me to be strong. As a young child, I always looked up to my brother, Bailey Tran. He and I always got along. Together we played with my two dogs Loki and Pepsi. Now that my brother is out of college, I can be more independent. My best friends, Claire and Emily, are the people who understand me the most, even though we can never agree on anything.

      I view my future as a checklist,a list of accomplishments I want to have when I die. A successful career, a loving family, and a regretless life is what I want to have. Like everyone in the world, I want to be happy. I want to be able to give my mom, Sandy Dolphin, the gift of seeing me walk down the aisle, or have my first child. I believe everyone should be able to walk the path's of the earth and discover the ideas of those that came before them. Next summer, I will be going on a exchange to Japan with the program States 4-H. I dream of traveling more in my future. More than anything though, is that I want to have a challenging career. One that I will never get bored of, but one that I will struggle in every day. I understand that life won't always be happy, the negative feelings are just as important as the positive ones. I am dreaming of the days when I will be in college and struggling on an exam, or I am in my resident program in Medical school and I am able to ease the plights of a suffering patient. I don't know what lies in the future but all I know for certain is that the person I become is the version of myself that I will be proud of.

"Life isn't about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself." George Bernard Shaw

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