For almost one hundred years, the Latin words, "Vires, Artes, Mores" have been the guiding philosophy behind Florida State University. Vires signifies strength of all kinds - moral, physical, and intellectual; Artes alludes to the beauty of intellectual pursuits as exemplified in skill, craft, or art; and Mores refers to character, custom, or tradition. Describe how one or more of the values embodied in these concepts are reflected in your life.
For one to honestly say she is strong, one must encounter difficult situations to test her determination and spirit. The cliché "what doesn't kill you will only make you stronger" comes to life in my circumstance. For one to truly fathom strength, she must also understand vulnerability.
Two years ago I was the opposite representation of what "Vires" signifies. I was weak, morally loose, and had little understanding of the world out side of my egotistical views. Then I was forced to grow up.
I had a pretty typical childhood with loving parents and a beautiful little brother. My mom and dad gave me everything I ever wanted and more, unfortunately I took them for granted. I received a call one day that changed my life; I found out that my mother cheated on my dad. I was hit with a plethora of emotions; a hurricane of hatred, pain, and anguish tore at my heart and stomach. My picturesque family had been shattered. I thought I would never be able to live through this: my dad was left a broken man, my mothers face was filled with remorse, my little brother was living proof that ignorance is bliss, and I was left alone and bewildered. For the next few weeks I carried this burden on my shoulders, I didn't want to confide in anyone with this horrible family secret nor did I want to discuss it with either of my parents. Then I realized I had to confront this crisis. The only way my family and I could get through this; is if we did it together. My mom and I had an abiding conversation and she shared with me her perspective and how hard these past few months had been on her. At that point I realized her hardships, I apprehended her feelings as though they were my own, and I accepted as well as forgave her mistake.
is what i have so far..im not sure if i should just add some on and say how this had made me strong and then conclude, or if i should talk about another situation that made "vires" a parrt of my life..this is 319 words and i can only use 500