My essay describes the "American Creed" in my eyes, as well as the life lessons I was taught growing up. I also mention how they impacted me on who I am today. I show my future goals and dreams in life and what I have done so far.

Hello my name is Cole Chrzanowski. I'm a student at Elizabethtown Area High School in E-town, Pennsylvania and this is my "American Creed". I believe that the American Creed is living in a safe and healthy environment with a stable job and a roof on your head, a bed to sleep in, and of course food and water. Since i'm young I do not have a story to tell, but there are some things I would like to say. I've always lived as an only child and I don’t have much of a social life. This makes me feel as if I'm just 1 in a million fans in a stadium just watching the game go on. So basically my life and the world we live in today just pass by me as I sit and watch.

I have learned many things in life, mainly coming from my parents that I have benefited greatly from. For example I was taught to learn from the people around you and to pay attention at all times. So just because you're not the one who asked the question to your teacher or coach doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t listen. My parents also taught me to never give up on myself and my dreams. As well as to learn from your mistakes to get better and stronger. Over the last few years I have done some volunteer work in my community and I’ve gone to camps. As well as playing on a high school baseball team and this is where I felt that I connected with Joe Madden and his story from the documentary American Creed. Mainly because we both love the game of baseball which he used to make his hometown community less diverse and problematic. So from these I’ve learned a thing or two when it comes to helping out others over yourself and to always play as a team.

All of these values that I’ve learned help me to reach my future goals of going to Penn State and playing baseball there. As well as all of the support I get from my mom and dad because they don’t have to do all the things they do for me, but they do. Like paying for college camps, paying to play on a travel team, paying for all the equipment I need to practice and succeed, and for all the love they give. That's why I try to be the best person I can be at all times. Finally, once I reach my goals I would like to give back to my community and all the little things that as a kid inspired me to be who I am today.




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