“This is my only request. That you make four whirligigs, of a girl that looks like Lea. Put her name on them. Then set them up in Washington, California, Florida, and Maine—the corners of the United States."
In the story, Brent travels to the four corners of the U.S. planting whirligigs on each corner in order to redeem himself. The four places he goes to are Weeksboro, Maine; Miami, Florida; Bellevue, Washington; and San Diego, California. That's over 10,477 kilometers (or 6,510 miles) of land to travel! But out of determination and perserverence, he is able to do it all and complete the task. This truly shows that hard work does pay off.
A map showing how far Brent traveled.
How does this relate to me?
A little while back, just before the end of the 7th grade, I was attending Sutton Middle School. The thing was, I didn't like Sutton at all. The people that went there weren't nice at all, the hallways would constantly stink from the lack of sanitation, and overall the teachers there were just straight up mean. I had to do something about this, so I decided that I wanted to swap to a different school that would give me a better education. Now Sutton was a public school, and I wanted to go to a private school, but the only way I could swap was to take the SSAT. The SSAT is a hard test that determines what type of private school you get into. I wanted to get into a good school, so for 3 months, every day I would study for 2 hours, school day or not. Eventually, I took the SSAT, and I got a great score! I choose to go to Woodward because it looked like a great school. In short, because I studied so hard, I got to come to Woodward.
I had to study 2 hours every day for the SSAT.
How did this effect me and others?
This affected me and others in a number of ways. First off, the studying helped me figure out better ways to manage my time. It also made me smarter, and have better study habits. Secondly, it mainly affected my father. He would constantly help me review and test me. This eventually led him to become smarter himself and create a personalized study routine for me.