Right off the bat, thank you to the 30 emails I received with comments, concerns, rants about how this was not my style (for my own benefit), everything. It all helped a ton, and really made me appreciate the community I have here and how much you guys care about my writing and my success. So, thank you…more than you know.
The process was unreal. As I was walking over to the dean’s office to turn in my final draft (it was suggested that we send it in through email…I figured I would print it on nice résumé paper, put it in a nice slick sleeve, and walk it over there and introduce myself) I was thinking about what I had written. Forget first draft vs final draft…it really was all about reflecting on my 4 years time here at SCU…something incredibly complex…and explaining how it changed my life and made a difference. I looked at the final product, and was proud.
The self-conscious continuously updates itself so it is incredibly hard to see sometimes how far you have come. However, after writing this piece, I realized I truly did make a difference at my school…and even if I don’t win the award, I went out with all engines burning and totally in Evan-style-esque fashion. That’s what counts. Staying true to my core.
This process also reminded me of what I originally set out to do in the first place. To inspire people to live powerful and impassioned lives. Tomorrow is a brand new day…full of things to learn from and people to talk to. There is never a dull moment in life…and thats what makes it so exciting.
Here it is
It all ended very fast. ince I was 5 years oldafter two surgeries, endless doctors visits, and extreme amounts of physical pain, I was in my coach’s office, tears in my eyes, telling him I had to hang up the cleats. My dream was gone.
What I going to do? week later I was sitting in the gym, watching people workoutow I the supportive brotherhood feeling my baseball team fostered, and help people achieve their goals hat evening, The Iron Broncos was born. We now stand 500 members strong as a community committed to health, fitness, and goals.
Something was missing though. Heart. I looked at myself and realized that after baseball ended, I was afraid to dream. I needed the courage to be vulnerable again achieve my goal of changing the world. this, The Better Man Project was birthed… a journey towards becoming a better man and to inspire people around me to live powerful and lives. I harnessed this passion and began to preach to my SCU community that against all of our doubts and fears, we can truly become shining lights in the world. I believe my greatest contribution to my community was enabling and supporting the dreams of others, leading by example as a representati of passion and integrity.
Love. Passion. Never Quit.
I have been learning from the world’s greatest teacher: everyday life. I found that fiery passion I had always been looking for, and realized that it was everything I needed to achieve my goals. After receiving an email at 3 a.m. from a classmate, who thanked me for giving her the courage to be herself and strive for her dreams, I truly realized the impact I was making on the world. From that point on, I have continued my journey of personal development and have inspired those around me to become everything they wish to be.
While Santa Clara provided me with a fantastic education, it is the lessons I learned from my teachers, my teammates, and my friends that will forever shape me. Without the development of my mind and my soul, the foundation I am building my life upon today would not exist. There are no words to describe how grateful I am for spending four years here, except for these: thank you.
I would be honored to represent Mr. Nobili and my peers by receiving this award
“Draw a line. Live above it.” – Unknown