Hassan Smith: Odyssey

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Photography and Text by Hassan Smith, Copyright 2016




As a freshman at the University of Pennsylvania, I stand at a pivotal moment in my life. The actions, decisions, and paths I now take will drastically mold my future.  It is sometimes difficult for me to accept that I am becoming an adult.   Each step I take in the present can ultimately lead to monumental achievements in the future.  Although the future is forever uncertain, I try to choose the best possible route for myself.  While looking down that road called life, I hope to find a light shining on my dreams.  I desire that with each step I take along my path, the brighter and more tangible my dreams become.  By the time I truly envision my destination – wherever that may lead – I will no longer walk towards my dream.  I will run towards reality.  Since I am still in the process of deciding what path to follow, I lay at the first few steps of my journey.  As I continue to climb, I understand that I will face countless obstacles.  That is inevitable!  But as I conquer each one placed before me, I must never look back for I know that I am a better person than I was before.  What I have accomplished in my past, whether right or wrong, shall lay there, but I can never reach my destination without a new beginning.


About The Author: Hassan Smith is a freshman enrolled in the College of the University of Pennsylvania,  Class of 2019. To read additional articles by Hassan Smith, go here: https://tonywardstudio.com/blog/hassan-smith-the-race-against-pollution/

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