What Defines My Present Connects My Past and Future

“He who works now, will eat later.” The meaning behind this simple quote is something we often hear yet it is something that we take for granted time and time again. It describes who I am in two ways. The first comes from the fact that this is a common Armenian saying; and second that it’s meaning helps define the way I lead my life today.

I am an Armenian-American who was born in America. Being away from my native country has opened a struggle for me to stay as connected to my culture and nationality as I can. For that reason and others, I started attending dance class when I was 8 and continue to go as much as I can. I have learned much about my culture through the practice of our old traditional dances. The rhythm of the music and movement of the steps feel native to me and allows me to appreciate who I am and where I come from; dance connects me with my past ancestral roots.

Aside from dance, I am also a full time student. I attend UCLA in hopes of graduating with biology major and entering pharmacy school to further continue my education. Although, at times school can be tough and often takes over my life not really leaving room for other things I wish to enjoy, I keep in mind that by working hard now I am preparing myself for a better future. I noticed that I get through much of my work by using my environment as motivation. For example, I use the rain as an excuse to stay in the library with my books rather then stay in bed with my dreams. By finding ways to motivate myself I get through my work swiftly and gain the knowledge and education I need along the way; my studies prepare me for my future.

Two activities define my life (my present) and help me understand who I am and where I am headed: dance connects me to my past and my studies ensure me a better future.

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