Now that we have reached the halfway point for finals week, most students still on campus are struggling to see the light at the end of the tunnel. To put our struggles in perspective, here is a list of people who have overcome greater feats and come out on top.
10. Adrian Peterson
This Minnesota Viking entered the current football season with an ACL injury that kept him out of most of last season and was expected to keep him out of the beginning of this year. Instead, Peterson came back this year, had an amazing season, and is about to break the record in rushing yards.
9. Felix Baumgartner
He risked brain and cardiovascular damage, or having his blood boil when he attempted the Red Bull Skydive. But instead, he parachuted safely from the edge of space, 128,100 feet. He broke the record for the highest balloon ride, falling faster than the speed of sound, and the highest and fastest sky dive.
He finally got his Red Ryder BB gun for Christmas. After he had to convince his parents, teacher, and even Santa that he would not shoot his eye out, his most adored gift showed up under the tree.
7. Congresswoman Gifford
She suffered a gunshot wound to the head after an assassination attempt in Arizona in 2011. She miraculously survived and recovered some of her ability to read, write, speak and walk.
6. Cheech and Chong
…And many of their “followers” came out on top after this year’s presidential election. Both Colorado and Washington became the first states to legalize marijuana.
5. Captain Chesley Sullenberger
He was the pilot who managed to successfully land an airplane in the Hudson River. Shortly after takeoff, a flock of geese disabled both of the aircraft’s engines, but he still brought all 155 passengers to safety.
4. Carly Rae Jepson
This brave singer overcame a total lack of talent, and managed to have “Call Me Maybe” rank number two on the Billboard Magazine’s Hot 100 in their year-end issue. BC alone probably gave her song several thousand plays.
3. Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice
She and her business partner, Darla Moore, became the first two women accepted into one of the most private country clubs in the world, Augusta National Golf Club. The two demonstrated another small step towards gender equality in the United States.
2. All of the survivors of Hurricane Sandy
The hardest-hit states of New York and New Jersey have rallied together to overcome massive devastation and destruction. The recent 12/12/12 Concert is a prominent example of the efforts being made to rally together after such a horrible storm.
1. Barack Obama
Our current president overcame major adversity and was the first black president elected in U.S. history. He recently entered his second term in office, and in case you missed his speech at the Newtown vigil, here it is: