The last line of my PS currently reads:
The gold medal I keep is a constant reminder of the value of focus and hard work
I'm thinking of changing it to read:
Focused perseverance won me a gold medal, even now a memento of dedicationís returns.
Which line do you think is better? I'm worried that the phrasing of the latter sounds too contrived, but it more accurately captures what I'm trying to convey in my statement.