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This I Believe - Alyssa Presser

Alyssa Presser - Always Be A Pineapple

November 9, 2017 - Students in Mrs. Sara Olding’s Accelerated English class participated in the “This I Believe” essay project. This is a national conversation started by journalist Edward R. Murrow in 1951. Over the next few weeks, students from the class of 2018 will share their personal philosophies about life.


Always Be A Pineapple By Alyssa Presser, SHS Senior


I believe in being a pineapple. You should live your life by standing tall, wearing a crown, and being sweet on the inside. I have been knocked down so many times in my life. I just had to brush off what knocked me down and stand back up on my feet.


I have lost a lot of people in my life so far, but the hardest loss was my grandparents, Randy and LuAnn Presser. I lost both of my grandparents when I was only sixteen. I idolized my grandparents. They meant the world to me. Despite the pain, I had to learn how to get back on my feet again. Standing tall after you get knocked down shows the world how strong of a person you are.


Don’t just stand tall, but always wear a crown. This doesn’t mean you should act like you are better than everybody else. It means to be the king or queen of your body and your life. It means that no one else gets to tell you what you are or what you are not. I have learned that reigning over my own life- being the queen of my own future, brings me happiness. I do not let the words of others cut me down. I keep my focus on the positive and stay true to who I want to be. I wear my crown with pride.


Standing tall and wearing a crown is important, but it is also important to remember, like a pineapple, remain sweet on the inside. I’m exactly like a pineapple; I have a rough exterior, but I am sweet on the inside. When people first look at me, they may mistake my demeanor as rough. I do not smile a lot. In fact, some say my typical facial expression could be mistaken as unapproachable. In reality, I’m a very sweet person, but I’ve learned that a hard exterior may keep me safe from people with bad intentions. Once you get to know me, you will find that my rough exterior just protects my kind heart. I am sweet on the inside. I believe that all people could benefit from living like a pineapple: stand tall, wear a crown, and stay sweet on the inside.


Alyssa is the daughter of Randy and April Presser. Next year she plans to attend college to study Forensic Anthropology or Archeology. She would like to dedicate this essay to the woman she admires most, her Grandma Presser.

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