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My parent split up when I was about eight years old. I chose to live with my dad, and he’s been taking care of my since. As far back as I can remember during my time with my father, he’s always been able to provide me with the things that I need or want. To repay my father somehow, the very least I felt that I could do was to earn a full-ride athletic scholarship to college so my father wouldn’t have to pay for it.

 I’m afraid be unsuccessful, to not do well as a student athlete. To fail in school and on the field, is to fail my dad. That is something I absolutely will not do. That puts a lot of pressure on me to do well. And being away from home doesn’t help either. Coming from Hawaii, and being on my own was the toughest part of my first year in college. I was so used to having my family around as my rock. Something I could depend on to help me through the rough patches I went through in my freshman year. I realized this was a problem, and in order to succeed and do well I would need to look past that, and be strong on my own.

 In my two years of college, my father has mentored, and helped me in becoming a stronger and independent individual. Having done this I feel like I’m one step closer to being successful and making life better for my father and I. My goal for college, is to graduate and be able to give back to my father for everything he’s given for me. Whether it be by making it to the NFL, or getting a good job with my degree after I graduate, I am going to do whatever I can to make my dad proud and to take care of him. My dad has shaped who I am today. Without his guidance and support, I wouldn’t be the person I am today.

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Comment by Jonathan Thomson on February 3, 2011 at 9:28pm
Thanks, Stan. Are you at the point now where you are pushing yourself for yourself, and not just wanting to do it your father? Our indebtedness to our parents will always be part of the equation, but perhaps our greatest motivators/strength are only inside ourselves.
When you are successful, it may actually be difficult for him to accept the gifts you offer him!

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