Part 1: A Sneak Peak Into My Life

Ireland’s Beauty

My name is Daniel Hopkins Cullen. I’m a descendent of John Cullen who traveled from Ireland in the 19th century to New York. My grandparents have the classic Brooklyn accent. Instead of saying water, they say “wadah.”

Ever since I was in Kindergarden, I’ve been obsessed with Stanford. One of my goals was to get into Stanford. In school my parents push me to try hard. They usually won’t appreciate any B’s. My parents are also very supportive of me playing baseball, basketball, and soccer.

I shared my heritage, hobbies, and goals with you.

Part 2: How I spend My Time Out of School

What I Worry About

Part 3: So What music is inspirational to me?

When I was in elementary school and middle school I was very interested in the saxophone. In fifth grade I played the alto saxophone. In my opinion, I was pretty good. Although sadly, I eventually quit the saxophone the summer before middle school because it was too much for what I was already doing. With sports practices almost everyday there was no time to practice. Not only this, but playing an instrument after elementary school becomes almost like a job. I simply couldn’t devote so much time to increasing my “saxophonal” abilities.

For a short time during elementary school I had an obsession with the saxophone. When it middle school came around I became very intrigued by Jazz music. It just sounds so smooth and cool. Even the name, Jazz, has a lot of swagger. My favorite thing to do while listening to a song is to listen to the quiet beat of the drums in the shadow of blaring trumpets and saxophones. I would think to myself that being a drummer in a Jazz band would be so cool.

My family has one of the first iPods in our living room. We’ve downloaded a ton of songs on it. Songs from 2016–1960. On the iPod are a handful of Jazz songs that we’ve played for years. One of those songs is So What by Miles Davis. I don’t know exactly why I like this song so much, but maybe it’s because I grew up listening to it. Every time I hear it, it reminds me of my inspirations to be a professional musician.

Part 4: Snapshot Friday 9:00pm

Prospect football team celebrating a tough win against Hinsdale South

Part 5: An Everyday Moment

On my Phone as usual.

Part 6: People I Admire

Malala Yousafzai stood up for women’s rights even though she knew that would put her life at risk. She is very kind and was very devoured to her cause. She has a tremendous amount of courage and wouldn’t let a terror group get in her way.

Chicago Tribune

Javier Baez is an inspiration to me because he never gave up on his baseball career, and a result of his persistance is now a standout player on the Chicago Cubs. He was sent to the minors and came back to show how hard he worked to become a better player. I also admire him because he’s an exciting player to watch. His story reminds myself to never quit on your dreams.

The Emory Wheel

I admire Kendrick Lamar because I like most of his songs. Not only that, but he grew up in Compton and had a rough childhood. In his lyrics he openly shares his feelings and thoughts. He made a great life for himself while living in one of the toughest, most dangerous places in the U.S.

Part 7: A Quote From Steve Jobs

“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people’s thinking…”

-Steve Jobs

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