Hayden B.

Undergraduate Recipient

"Life can be a series of challenges or opportunities depending on how you approach it. As you enter adulthood, how have you conquered a difficult task to turn it into an opportunity? As part of your essay, please explain the significance of your creative presentation to your journey with CF."

Challenge: to arouse or stimulate especially by presenting with difficulties. That is one of the definitions of the word challenge that I found, and my favorite. One of my favorite quotes from one of my favorite American leaders, Teddy Roosevelt, reads like this, "Nothing in the world is worth having or worth doing unless it means effort, pain and difficulty."

Imagine this. After seven long and strenuous hours of climbing, you arrive at the summit of a mountain and watch the sun set over a beautifully snowcapped mountain range. It took a lot of effort, pain and difficulty to traverse that mountain, but that sunset makes all the climbing worth it. Standing at the bottom and imagining the trials you may face is a daunting feeling. If looked at from a different perspective, that can be heartening. It can be seen as an opportunity to prove your endurance and fortitude, view a beautiful sunset, and achieve something worthy.

CFers know effort, pain and difficulty all too much. Good health for us is like the sunset on that mountain, and the climb is like the countless treatments we do each day. My good health is the difficult task that I have conquered, and it has given me the opportunity to live the way that I want. My creative presentation is self-explanatory, but it sheds light on how I choose to live my life and not let CF bring me down. It's a life full of dancing, singing, laughs and love.


Hayden B.'s Artwork

Hayden B.'s Achievements

  • Mortar Board National Senior Honor Society, Social Chair, 2015
  • UNL Student Government, CBA Senator, 2015
  • Big Red Investment Club, Analyst, Group Leader, 2013, 2014, 2015
  • Dance Marathon, Morale Captain, 2013, 2014, 2015
  • Dean's List College of Business, 2012, 2013, 2015
  • Beta Theta Pi, Homecoming Chair, Rush Chair, Social Media Chair, 2013, 2014, 2015
  • CF Foundation, Keynote Speaker, 2013, 2014, 2015
  • United Way, Impact Speaker, 2013, 2014, 2015
  • Helicopter Clique Acoustic Hip-Hop Band, Lead Vocalist, 2014, 2015