The Impact

Annie Eckelberry

My Essay

I would consider myself to be an advocate against drinking and driving because I do everything in my power to make sure no one I know drives while they are intoxicated. Personally, I have seen the devastating impact that drinking and driving has on the lives of not only the driver, but those close to the driver as well as others on the road with the driver. When I was younger, my aunt was killed by a drunk driver on the highway. It was a snowy day, so the driving conditions were already very bad. The driver still made the decision to drive drunk and ended up taking a life. In an attempt to discourage drinking and driving by those around me, I offer to drive or pick up anyone who may need it so that they do not have to drive themselves. I extend this offer not only to my friends, but also other classmates as well as family members who may need it. I would much rather be called at an early hour to come get someone than to find out that they were injured or worse in a car accident. Through the rest of my life, I plan to continue this. No matter where my career takes me and I end up, I hope to make it known to those around me that I can be counted on to be there in cases like this. I know the pain that drinking and driving can cause, so I want to do my part to make sure that less people have to experience it.

About Me

Throughout high school, I have been very involved in my community. I have played basketball and participated in track during all four years. Both sports have pushed me out of my comfort zone and encouraged me to become a more active leader. While I would say that I have always been a leader, in the classroom and in sports, I also acknowledge that I was not always the most vocal. While playing basketball, over the last two years specifically, I have been challenged to take charge and become a more prominent leader on the team. I can attribute much of my success as a leader to my sense of humor. Being on a team with teenage girls is a guarantee that there will be disagreements and not everyone will be friends. When problems arise between other players or between me and other players, my first priority is to diffuse the situation. I have found that when one or both parties are too caught up in their emotions, solving the problem is almost impossible. But when the tension of the situation is lessened, those involved tend to be much more perceptive to a solution. I have also built a lot of personal relationships with my teammates through humor. There are a few players on the team who are very outgoing and stubborn. They are not always the easiest to get along with. But I have made a connection with them originating from joking around that has grown into a much stronger friendship. This has helped me be a leader because it helps me remain unbiased in conflicts. Being a leader in sports has had a tremendous effect on other aspects of my life as well. I have noticed myself become much more confident and outgoing as I have become more of a leader. I am grateful for the opportunity that I have had through high school to play sports because they have truly shaped me into the person that I am today. I have also been a very active member of the National Honor Society. Through this program, I have been able to volunteer and help out in my community. I have participated in various activities, but my favorite were ones in which I was working with children from my community. Being a part of this volunteer organization has really helped me to see the impact that every action, no matter how small, has on the betterment of a whole community. Because of this, I know that I will not be afraid to step up and make a change if it will have a positive impact on the situation.