A Look Into Maya’s Life

Part 1: My Story in 100 Words

I was born in Chicago, and moved twice by the time I was four. At that time, I didn’t know much English, since both of my parents grew up in Poland. I started playing piano in second grade, and guitar in eight. I also started to care a lot about my grades in middle school, and it has made me become a perfectionist. However, fifth grade is when I discovered my love for swimming. I will admit that at first, going to swim team practice was something I dreaded, but over the years, it has become the opposite of that.

A picture I took in Kraków, Poland last year.

Part 2: Graphs of My Life

Part 3: A Special Piece of Music

The first piece of music I ever learned to play on the piano was Für Elise. I remember sitting at my aunt’s piano, with my dad by my side, teaching me the notes, one by one. After a while, I could play the first part of the song all by myself. My parents saw how much I enjoyed this, and signed my up for my first piano lesson at the age of seven. I have been playing the piano ever since then. Now I have committed the entire piece to memory, and whenever I play it, it reminds me that if I had not learned that song, I would not be where I am today.

Part 4: Picture on Friday at 9:00 pm

On Friday, 7/26, at 9:00 pm I was at the football game at Prospect.

Part 5- Something I Spend a Lot of Time Doing

I spend a lot of my time doing homework. In this case, it’s AP Human Geo.

On a typical day I do a lot of homework.

Part 6- People Who Inspire Me

Photo Credits: Wikipedia

Helen Keller (1880–1968) was deaf and blind, but despite this, she was an author, political activist, and lecturer. She even received a Bachelor of Arts degree; the first to be given to a deaf-blind person. It amazes me how she could talk and write, even though she had never seen or heard a word before.

Photo Credits: About.com

Anne Frank (1929–1945) was a young Jewish girl who had to go into hiding from the Nazis. Even though she was in constant danger of being deported, she kept an optimistic outlook on life. During hiding, she kept a diary, which has now been published as a book. Anne Frank has inspired me to not dwell on the negative, but search for the positive in life.

Photo Credits: Academy of Achievement

Rosa Parks (1913–2005) is one of the most famous civil rights activists. She refused to give up her seat on a segregated bus to a white man, and got arrested for that. Instead of this stopping her, she continued to peacefully protest for equal rights. She has inspired me to stand up for what I believe in.

Part 7- A Dream of Mine

Photo Credits: Sidrah’s Super Blog

My dream is to travel around the world when I grow up. I want to go and explore different cultures, learn new languages, and find out how people live in different parts of the world. In addition to visiting huge landmarks, I would also want to find out how the average person in each country lives.

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