"L I N D A, Name Acronym Essay, Reflecting Self Love, Strength & Positivity"

ESSAY by: Linda Akele

"L I N D A - Originally a medieval short form of Germanic names containing the element lind meaning "flexible, soft, mild". It also coincides with the Spanish and Portuguese word linda meaning "beautiful".

Laughter. I’m am an individual who embraces joyful moments. I love laughing because it brings peace to my soul and to those around me. I am sensitive to others who have experienced hurt or loss and manage to bring a smile back to their faces even in the most difficult of times. Not many people can firmly claim that they have that ability.

Intelligent. Not only book smart, but I also have the common sense to navigate through any obstacles that may be thrown my way, with ease. When faced with any kind of issue, I have the mental capacity to take a step back, assess the situation, and come up with the best game plan to attack the concern head-on.

New. No one gets to the top by staying in the same place doing the same thing day after day. Most people let fear deter them from trying new things, but not me. Change is constant and keeping up with the times and trying new things, grants me the confidence that I can achieve all of my goals. I am also a firm believer in finding new ways to remedy issues, especially in our local community.

Different. As a black female in today’s society, being different is something that comes naturally to me. However, being different is never a bad thing. Standing out and being able to be a role model to younger generations by showing them that being different is a positive thing, propels me forward. Trying different styles whether it is with my physical appearance or simply trying different study habits and alternate ways of approaching hurdles to overcome adversity. I am not afraid to be different.

Athletic. As an athlete, more specifically, a runner, I am able to balance school work and sports all together. Track allows me to take any anxiety or frustration that I may be experiencing on any given day and turn it into positive, useful energy. Running also taps into my competitive nature as I try to not only win races against other runners, but more importantly, compete with myself from previous runs.

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