Just like a compass, I have veered off in many different directions in my life. However, when I single in on one direction I am 110% committed in what I decide to do. A compass may be a directional object to most, but it is the word I find best describes me. It points in several directions but somehow always gets you to a final destination or treasure. This simple word is a complex explanation of how I live my life and with so many options in the world, it explains how I can focus in and follow one path. Once I find my path I am full force and dedicated with everything I have. I am the type of individual that likes to look at all my options and then I follow the direction that will work the best for me. This is an abstract way to define myself; however, the complexity of the compass is the best way to represent my behavior and decision making processes. Also, like the compass, I am always in motion and always available. Sometimes I wish I could stop the constant spinning with all the activities I involve myself with but that is a part of my personality and love being constantly busy.
For example, I never expected to go to a university to get my education. After I looked at all my options, I focused east and fell in love with Texas A&M University-Commerce and ended up only applying here, which showed my assurance in my choice. I refused to settle on community college, so I decided to follow my compass and make Commerce my home.
I played volleyball for seven years of my life but I decided that my compass no longer pointed that direction for college and I had to focus on school. My compass was pointing north with my strong love for volleyball and all the jumping I was doing but once my experience went south, I ended up changing directions for the better. I was kind of sad to stop playing volleyball and wanted to do something to cheer myself up. One of my teammates made the suggestion that we take a trip to take our minds off of not playing volleyball, but we could not think of anywhere to go. That was when my compass pointed me west and I took a trip to Hawaii with my two best friends at the end of my senior year, and that trip allowed me to grow and prepare myself for college and see a glimpse of life on my own.
I would describe the spinning of the compass as a growing period—allowing you to try different things and maybe even get lost at some point or be unsure but somehow you will find a solution or destination. Those mistakes and misdirections are what make you learn more about yourself and allows you to follow your arrow towards what you really want in life.