Nicole El-Rassi

Nicole El-Rassi

I want to thank my mom and dad because they have helped me through all my ups and downs. Whether those were in school, relationships, or just life in general, they were always there for me.
Thank you for supporting me through the various sports I played, even though you had some trouble letting me play rugby, and football with the boys. I understand you were just worried for my safety, but there are risks to everything, and I definitely know that by now, with falling on the wrong ends of things sometimes. However, you've always helped me out afterwards, and I am eternally grateful for that.
They went through so much to come to Canada, go to university, and raise my brother and I. They worked very hard to become who they are now, and have inspired me to work just as hard - if not harder - because they believe in my potential. When I sometimes messed up and didn't study when I had a test coming up, they would be disappointed, but they would still help me as much as I could to prepare. If I hadn't gotten a good result, they would encourage me to learn from my mistake, and help me make habits to always be prepared for those sorts of events.
Both of them are complex in their ways of teaching and supporting, each with their own pros and cons. Together, they made a good team when it came to helping my study, and especially teaching me how to learn.
Nearly every night in grade 11 and 12, my dad was right there beside me, patient as ever, helping me understand the new concepts I learned in math, physics, and chemistry. Sometimes, I would get so stressed out that I would forget basic notions in math. At that point, my dad would get me a glass of water and tell me to go to sleep, because that would help with the brain-block. Sometimes his temper would go a little over, but my mom would step in to calm him down and reassure me that everything would be alright.
My mom always proofread my written assignments in English, religion, and law. Sometimes we would sit together and discuss themes and motifs for books, stories, and poems from English class. She would help me put together all the pieces I had analyzed in a way that was so compelling to read.
My parents would never just help me do something, they would explain how to go about it so that for future problems I could go ahead and find ways to solve them without relying on their help.
There is so much I've learned from my parents, and there is still so much I have to learn. Going to university away from home will be a new experience for me, but I trust that the lessons I have learned from both my mom and dad will be enough to do excellent.
So, thank you mom and dad, for pushing me to be the best person I can be. To who I am today, and to who I will be tomorrow. Thank you for always believing in me, for always reassuring me that they knew I had the potential to do something great. Thank you for being people I look up to, for being good role models of success, because they didn't get there without failing at least once. They struggled as well, and put their best efforts into teaching me so that I would learn from their mistakes, and teaching me how to learn from mine. Thank you for everything you gave me; opportunity, a chance to grow, and your constant love and support. No matter how much I say it, I don't think it'll ever show how much I appreciate it. I hope to one day make you proud as ever, and show you that your beliefs were not ill-founded. I love you always and forever, (kocham cię bardzo, bardzo bardzo bardzo),

Nicole El-Rassi