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March 4, 2007 1:20 AM

Some Amazing People

It’s hard to not talk about your parents when discussing role models. Parents can’t help but be huge influences on their children’s lives, and without a doubt, my parents shaped the person I am today. Among many things, I admire my mom for fighting for teacher’s rights all of her life. It is from her that I learned how much better life can be when you are passionate about your work. My mom is a very kind and thoughtful person to others, and everyday I find myself trying to live up to this example. Also, I will always treasure my mom introducing me to all the varieties of food I enjoy today, and for teaching me to love travel and adventure.

I admire my dad for all of his interesting accomplishments and world travels. When he was in college, my dad was captain of the sky diving team for the University of Maryland. He has since gone on to race cars in competitions around the world, become the District Attorney of Orange County and start up several businesses in Asia. These accomplishments have inspired me to strive for goals I never thought I could reach and find a passion in life worth pursuing. My dad has also always encouraged me to stand up for myself and never give up on the challenges that face me. I will always be thankful to my parents for these essential life lessons that they have taught me.

While my parents have been my biggest influence, there are so many others who have affected my life. My French teacher from high school, Alec Hodgins, taught me much more than French grammar. In between the school lessons, he also taught me to step back and appreciate life, and to not worry about the little upsets. Jane Goodall’s work made a lasting impression on me to study the biological sciences and make a positive change in the world. My voice instructor from last spring, Clairdee, showed me the amazing impact you can make on others by just smiling and having a positive attitude. The list of brief but significant influences goes on and on, and it is all these amazing people that have inspired me to be where I am today.

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