My Belief is that no matter what challenges you face in life, strong faith and determination will help you to succeed. I have been in many situations in which I have been pushed to lower extremes, and almost given up in any desire to continue down my path. In high school my father was deported. At that point all I wanted to do was hide under a rock and hide from society itself. We had to think about how to get by without our father to support us. I felt so much hurt and resentment towards different people but eventually I came to a realization that I could not live my whole life with hate. I realized that the only way for anything to get better was to make change happen for myself. The first step was going to church. Church helped reestablish my faith and gave me more hope for the future. I got a job to help make ends meet. I also was determined to become a valedictorian by the time I graduated. Unfortunately I couldn’t make it to the top but I graduated #3 with a 5.2 GPA. I managed to get into the school that I wanted as well. That experience showed me that things in life eventually get better when you work for it and when you have faith in a better tomorrow. My belief, to me would be considered philosophical. I feel that faith is something that affects the way you lead your life, much like the way philosophy is a set of ideas that help influence the way one thinks. To this this day we are still trying to help get my father his residency with the hope that we will be reunited once again. I know that obstacles always come our way in life, but it is important to never lose your faith.