Cedric Caschetta Personal Statement
Posted By: Cedric Caschetta on April 27, 2021 |
Hello Hello! My name is Cedric Caschetta, a 21 year old African American living in the
Nation’s Capitol here to make a difference. It has been a crazy ride to get to this point, although I
am ecstatic to be a prospect for your wonderful University. My life started in Gary, Indiana. I
was a foster child looking for a forever home not knowing where my life would take me.
Through years of trials and tribulations, I was no longer a ward of the state, on the other hand
now a part of an amazing family in Lowell, Indiana, starting my new life with my forever family.
Who, not only took me, as well my biological younger brother Cody. Lowell Indiana is a very
old style conservative State which makes it hard for people to make a change or difference. From
being racially profiled, bullied by classmates, to even standing up in a march past armed
bystanders. As I grew older & older I tried daily to fight that narrative and make a new
welcoming place in Indiana.
Growing up people perceive me as a brother, a friend, a teammate, an uncle, a son, and
lastly “that black kid.” I was judged upon the color of my skin, before they knew my name.
Going to the high school I went to, I was one of three African American kids in my class. There
was a clear divide between us and I figured out the only way to overcome it, was to embrace it.
In my early days of education and living in a predominantly white town, my outlook about life
was different, & simple-minded. As I matured in age I was forced to stand aside and let things
happen. Nonetheless as I have been growing into my adult years, I am seeing the true problems
of the world and how I can contribute to help more with these issues.
Doing the things I did in
high school, like the three sports I played and the active social life I partook in, allowed me to
expand and find the person I truly want to be. Being all these different roles to so many different
people, from all walks of life taught me the importance of respect. Respect for oneself, respect of
when to speak up for yourself, and advocate for your own life versus when to be quiet and listen.
There’s a pressure on me, from the roles I’ve obtained in life comes people waiting for my
downfall. I owe it to the ones I love to make sure that doesn’t happen. Most importantly I owe it
to myself, to never doubt my limits. At my previous University I let the things around me get the
best of me. Where I let my grades slip, something never to happen again.
My goals, after realizing over the past summer that we are the generation of the future,
and that we are obligated to fix the issues we face, has been through a couple different changes.
Which is what I did, I fixed my grades, I paid a significant massive debt off entirely which the
school had held my transcripts before releasing them. Upon paying the massive debt out of
pocket, I then understood that my education is the foundation of my success. I got my act
together and put the focus where focus was due. I have always had a great passion for football
after getting introduced to it by my late grandfather at an early age. My goals at the next
University reflect that. As a previous college athlete, I know the consequences that comes from
not following through with your words and doing your due diligence such as classwork, grades
& the little things. At my previous University I let those ‘little’ things around me get the best of
me. After self reflection, & looking in the mirror and find myself see what I truly wanting life.
I want to grow my education first and foremost. Also would like to be apart of furthering
the football team's achievements.
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