A'Jah Chandler


Most people know Gabby Douglas as the first African American to win a gold medal in the United States Olympics, but I picture her as an over comer who pushes through hard times. I have never met Gabby Douglas, and I probably never will; however, the 4’11 girl wonder, that took the world by storm, has truly made an impact in my life. It is wonderful to know of Gabby’s success, but I was deeply touched when I learned of her journey to her accomplishments.

As the end of my senior year approaches, I have to prepare myself for college. Realizing the cost of college can be overwhelming. I live in a single parent household and my family receives a form of governmental assistance. I found hope after I recalled Gabby’s story. She too had financial problems, but she did not let that stop her. 
I imagine Gabby had to overcome the emotional stress of being separated from her family. During my high school career, I experienced a broken relationship with my father. Gabby reminded me to press through the struggles. I will continue to use this motivation as I prepare emotionally for my journey ahead. 

I will allow Gabby’s success to push me pass every obstacle that I may encounter on my journey. She pushed pass financial and emotional struggles. Gabby shows me that a wise person does not just sit around and wait for things to happen to them. She took ownership of her dreams, and her perseverance paid off as she became known as a trailblazer for the United States Olympics. With the love and support of family, Gabby motivated herself. “Today should be better than yesterday”, is the quote Gabby used to push herself and it worked every time.