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Oğulcan Kaya

student at Eyüboğlu High School

Just three years ago, as I was graduating middle school, I didn't know what to do. I knew I had potential, yet I only had good grades to show for what I could do, and I promised to change that in high school. I am not a genius or rich or socially gifted. I just took every self-improvement opportunity I saw and it worked. I jumped into the debate, MUN and robotics clubs. I ended up finding great success in all of them, not at first but after putting hours upon hours of work into it.

Now I develop video games, which also was one of my dreams, I hope to succeed here like I did with my other hobbies….after a while of work and mediocre results. When I'm older and done with my current ventures, I hope to try racing cars, another one of my dreams. I don't suggest you go after things you don't care for, but if something interests you and it is realistic that you can at least start doing it, every second spent not doing it is a waste. If 8th grade me saw me here, he'd not believe how much I had improved myself as both a person and in terms of success.

The Passion Principle

The world is more competitive than ever and people increasingly gravitate toward preset formulas, not out of passion but out of a desire for security. When weighing up our passions against our routines, we all need to ask questions of ourselves: Should I make my passion my life? Could I do it on the side of my more sensible job? What do I need to do to make it my life? Is it sustainable? What will make me happy?