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Student’s Corner: A Coward, A Rebel, and A Warrior

Tyler Anderson, contributing student writer from San Gabriel Mission High School.

by Tyler Anderson

A Coward,

A Rebel, and

A Warrior

During this past summer, I was determined that this summer wouldn’t be the summer I just lay around. I was going to go and experience something new. What I came across was “NTLP,” National Teen Leadership Program. NTLP was a camp dedicated to the enrichment of teenagers. Over the course of three days we did workshops, played lots of character building games, and listened to guest speakers. My favorite part was the guest speakers.

On the second night of being there, a man named Calvin Terell spoke to us. Before we even saw him, there were rumors from NTLP vets that he was going to be a tear-jerker. He described three different types of people in the world:  a coward, a rebel, and a warrior. A coward is being someone who stands for nothing; a rebel is someone who is angry and fighting for something for revenge or rebellion; and then there was the warrior. A warrior is resilient, fights for their beliefs without having to bring someone else down. A warrior is strong and courageous. “I want to be a warrior,” said Calvin.

Despite my original apprehension about Calvin’s “legacy” at NTLP, he really touched my heart. Teary-eyed and mind racing I thought, “I want to be a warrior.” I want to be strong. I want to be someone people can look up to. Being a warrior means to not sit back and watch, but to make a difference. Everyone should strive to be a warrior.


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