Overcoming fears leads to success

BY JESSICA BERNSTEIN

After learning her dad had to move to the United States due to his business, junior Isa Kovaleski was forced to leave her home in Costa Rica and live here in Weston. While she said the transition was difficult at first, she was able to quickly adapt and overcome her fear.

“When I first found out I was moving, I broke down,” Kovaleski said. “I have now realized that you have to do what is best for the family, and I will always be appreciative and grateful for them.”

Because dance has always been part of Kovaleski’s life, she said finding a new dance studio was a big worry.

“I was so scared that joining a new studio would change things,” Kovaleski said. “It is hard to make long-lasting relationships with dance teachers, so I was scared of not being able to clique as well with them as I did with my old dance teachers.”

Like Kovaleski, sophomore Sydney Kron overcame her fear when she stepped up in front of her entire cheer squad and gave a speech to become a captain of the Junior Varsity (JV) cheer team. After each person on the squad voted for her, she was officially a co-captain.

“I was so surprised that most of the girls voted for me,” she said. “It was so special to hear the coach tell me ‘you are captain.’ I was really scared to give that speech, and then lose, so I am happy I was able to overcome my fear and do it,” Kron said.

Although Kron overcame her fear of giving the speech, her worries did not end immediately after she was given the position of captain.

“When I won, at first I was very joyous; but after I realized how much pressure was going to be put on me to make the team great,” she said. “So far, things are going great and I really hope it stays this way.”

Since junior Ariana Rojas was in a major car accident last year, she said driving has been a fear she had to overcome.

“I got my license just a couple months ago and I now can drive confidently, but at first I was very scared,” Rojas said. “It was a major struggle for me, but I am so happy that my mom can finally trust me to drive alone.”

Junior Jordan Moskowitz is on the varsity Debate Team. She practices her oratory every night to become more familiar with her speech; however, she has major stage fright, so it was hard for her to talk during an extended period of time in front of a huge group of people.

“To say I was nervous is an understatement. My heart was beating so fast,” she said. “I can’t even explain how happy I was when it was over; it was a major obstacle I overcame in my life, and I am very proud of it.”

Not only did Moskowitz overcome her fear in performing her speech, but she also won second place.

“When I won, I was so surprised, words cannot explain how happy I was that I did not choke,” Moskowitz said.

Like Kovaleski and Kron, Moskowitz conquered her fears and said she ended up getting the perfect outcome.

“Taking a risk is totally worth it,” Moskowitz said. “Living life in fear is just setting yourself up for regrets.”

 

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