All About Me
On February 22, 1991 at Dekalb Memorial Hospital, Tim and Sue
Marshall of LaOtto, Indiana brought a new baby boy into the world, me
Ryan Marshall. Being the second of 3 children, I was the middle child.
Joining my sister Lauren Marshall, who was born just 17 months before
me, provided me with some competition though life’s journey. Joining our
family 4 years later, in 1995, was my brother Vince Marshall. Through the
years, he also has added his competitive edge along with a younger
perspective on many things that come about. These four, have helped
shape, direct and influence me into where I am at today.
As both of my parents grew up in the country and were raised on
farms, they kept the tradition going into our family. Growing up in the
country, on a farm, is very different from many of my classmates and
peers. Doing so, has been a major influence on my hobbies and interests
as well as my career choice today. From being in the country and on a
farm setting, and our school being populated with mostly city students, I
was able to experience a little of both worlds. Being on the farm taught
me how to learn to pick up on things quickly as well as teach myself how
to operate or work something. It also taught me that there is no substitute
for hard work and the rewards are worth the work. The school setting, or
city setting, taught me how to work better with others and gain friends. It
also helped me learn to talk to others I had never met, and learn some
lessons of being inside all day.
I started out my final education by attending Saint Joseph
Elementary School in Garrett and remained there through the sixth grade.
At Saint Joseph I became a student athlete where I was part of the
Basketball and soccer teams. Through my athletic career at Saint Joseph I
felt what it was like to break your ankle. In 4th grade, on one of the last
games of the season, I broke my right ankle and was on crutches for
what seemed to be a very long time. Then again in the 6th grade I broke
my left ankle playing basketball and was again on crutches for too long.
These two early breaks made me realize what it was like to have to sit out
and not be active, which was very hard for me to do. They also taught me
that everyone has difficulties and to overcome them takes hard work and
I then attended Garrett Middle School because Saint Joseph School only
went to grade six. I attended Garrett Middle School for 7th and 8th grade
where I continued my soccer and basketball career and also added track
and field to my activities. During my middle school career I started
achieving awards and honors. I was on the honor roll for those two years
and won 2 conference championships in basketball. In Track, I was
undefeated in the 400m dash my 8th grade year and was the conference
champion as well.
I then attend Garrett High School in the fall of 2006 where I was a
freshman on campus. I joined many clubs as well as participated in
athletics. I was part of 5 conference championship teams throughout my
career at Garrett High, I qualified for regionals 4 times, three in track and
1 in basketball. After achieving success in track, one of my coaches started
questioning me on my plans after school. Being an alumni from
Manchester College, he encouraged me to visit and look into what it had to
offer me. From there, I visited and applied to Manchester and soon was
accepted. I had my heart dead set on going there as well as being a part
of the track and field team.
Although my high school experience had many fun and joyous
times I did experience some difficulties and struggles. I found it hard to
adapt to the block schedule in high school and also some new teaching
methods. I experienced two poor and disappointing teachers in high school
as well. After these classes and my struggles in them. The experiences
influenced me to become a teacher candidate. I didn’t want other students
to have to experience what I had to experience as a student.
Upon graduating with honors from Garrett High School in June 2009, I
started gearing up for the college transition. I worked throughout the
summer on a farm to help fund my college. I also got involved in water
sports as well as biking and running more and more.
As the summer came and went and fall was right around the corner, I
found myself ramping up for college. In September 2009 I began my
college experience at Manchester College. Studying to be a teacher
candidate and participating on the track and field team have helped make
the transition go smooth.
My experiences while growing up helped influence me to become who I
am today. My struggles, work, successes and disappointments have also
had a major influence on my career choice of being a teacher candidate. I
learned from personal experience through success and struggle that it is
much easier to do something if you have had practice as well as guidance
and coaching. Throughout my life, I have enjoyed working and interacting
with people on a daily basis. Living in the country on a farm, helped me
enjoy being outdoors. I now spend the majority of my time hunting,
fishing or just puttering around outside. As I continue my studies at
Manchester College, I hope to find myself teaching in an elementary
school classroom and coaching an athletic team at the end of my journey.