My name is Colbey Coombs and I am a senior at St. Vincent- St. Mary High School. Throughout my high school years, I have played sports, gotten involved in many new clubs, earned over 275 service hours, and excelled in academics. Most importantly, above everything, I have watched my ambition skyrocket. Freshman year, my motivation was on a rollercoaster ride as I struggled with a lot of hardships with my parents’ divorce and settling everything out. I experienced a lot of stress with myself, especially with seeing how my family was affected. I thought about how I could improve myself, and not let my past or struggles define who I am or what I am capable of. I spent a lot of time with friends, I slowly saw myself becoming more outgoing, and soon I achieved my first 4.0 GPA.
Becoming close to my friends and getting a 4.0 were not my only motivating factors. When I did not make the cheerleading team sophomore year, I started playing tennis, a sport I never played before then. I became involved in Ski Club, Future Medics, and Senior High Youth Ministry. After a solid sophomore year, I strongly believe that God gave me the courage to try out for cheerleading again, and I made it. Right before our first game, I was named team captain. I became involved in Peer Ministry, Irish Athletes for Christ, National Honor Society, and Mu Alpha Theta. The more involved I became, the more motivated I felt. However, I believe the strongest factor of motivation through anything, academics is YOU. Sure you can keep getting good grades, praised by your teachers, get every single honor and academic award, but it is up to you to keep going, keep working hard and giving your best every day, even on the days you feel like you could give up. I have had to stay motivated with keeping a positive attitude and looking up, trusting God that everything happens for a reason and that it will all work out someday.
The final thing that has been a huge motivating factor was in 2012, figuring out that I want to major in Dietetics and Applied Nutrition, and receive my Registered Dietitian license. I always knew I wanted to go into the health field, and nutrition has always interested me, so I was very excited when I figured it out, and I was motivated to keep working hard, because I knew exactly what I was working towards. I have always enjoyed helping people and making a difference in their lives, and I can’t wait to continue as a model of ambition… I am Cincinnati Smart!