55 thoughts on “Role Models

  1. I believe in the power of medicine. Medicine has impacted my family and me in so many ways. From when I was adopted and had rickets and throughout my dad’s five-year cancer battle, medicine has healed us both physically and emotionally. As I saw my dad lay in that hospital bed with poison getting pumped into his body, I thought what is this all for?

    Then I had to see my dad the weakest he’s ever been. This was when he had his stem cell transplant. Every single time I had to go and see my dad I had to wash my hands and put on personal protective equipment. Even though my dad was really weak he always had a smile on his face and would always be cracking jokes. One day I asked my dad why he was always so positive and he turned to me and said every day above ground is an amazing day.

    That single sentence made me realize that no matter how hard life gets, or how many fights you get in with your friends and family, a day above ground is always a great day. When I finally looked at the big picture I realized that medicine has the ability to help in a lot of ways, whether it’s through curing a sickness, preventing a sickness, or bonding a family. Medicine truly does a lot for us and has so much more potential in the future. Medicine truly helped my family and me to get a lot closer by curing my dad and giving us the extra time we wanted together. I will always remember that for every negative there is a positive even though it might not seem it at that point in time.

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  2. Role Models

    I believe that being a positive role model can be one of the most powerful and impactful ways you can influence a person’s life and the world around you. If all young children had a positive role model actively involved in their lives, it could change the world, one child at a time. Having a positive role model in your life, means you have a person to look up to, to follow and learn by their positive examples. This person can guide and encourage you to make good decisions growing up and inspire you to be the best person you can along your journey of life. Many children are missing positive role models, and I believe it is so important in a child’s life. I have spent many hours working with children and doing what I can to be a positive influence in each of their lives. As a young adult I have many positive role models that I still look up to. When I am struggling with something, these are the people I turn to. So anyone, no matter what age, can be a positive role model. It truly would make for a wonderful world if each person had someone they could look up to and guide them through the difficult decisions in life. I encourage each of us to look around and see where we can make a positive influence in another person’s life. Let someone experience your better qualities; you never know the profound difference it could make in their life.

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    • When deciding what to blog about I found myself trying to decide between role models or generosity. I strongly agree with your opinions as in my own life I have found myself relying on my family members and close friends on numerous occasions. In many hard situations, I often think about how my mother or father would handle it. Throughout my life they have raised me to be a well rounded individual teaching me right from wrong and helping to guide me into the person I am today. Without the people I have looked up to my whole life many aspects of my life would be different.

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  3. I believe that life is a tightrope walk where maintaining balance is of the utmost importance. In particular, maintaining balance between the care of others and the care of yourself. I used to view selflessness as an extremely admirable trait. I would always try to put others before myself; putting my own troubles and hardships on hold in order to help out a friend. While I do still acknowledge the importance of being a good friend, and will do as much as I can to help; I now realize the importance of doing the same for yourself. If you ignore all of your own problems in favor of helping others then, not only do you have those problems weighing on you, but you also have the problems of those that you are trying to help weighing on you. One person can only handle so much, and if you take on more than you can handle than nothing will be fixed and nobody will be helped; the exact opposite of what you set out to do. Now, just for the sake of clarification, I am in no way saying to ignore the problems of others (especially if they trust you enough to open up to you) but what I am saying is that one must remember that they are also a person, and that they deserve all of the attentiveness and care that they would give to a friend. In the end, I know this balance is hard to find; However, I believe that once it is found life will be a lot less stressful.

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    • I believe that people are becoming more hostile than they need to be when it comes to political disagreements. I think that disagreement is a good thing and that people should disagree with each other, but over the past few years there has been more hostility than ever. My entire family used to have small political arguments with each other at big family gatherings, but since the 2016 election it’s gotten worse. And while it never moves past some shouting, I think that it is an example of what’s happening throughout the world. With people now choosing to go to extremes and completely disagreeing with people instead of trying to find a compromise. I also believe that social media is partly responsible for this as well. With the safety of not actually being in the same room as the person you are arguing with, people say stuff that they would never say in person. That increases the hostility you see on the internet because it causes more people to say the same things. The way politics is covered in the news is also responsible for this. If all CNN says is all republicans are corrupt racist guys who want to make the rich richer. And if all Fox News says is that Democrats are illegal immigrants who want to ruin the economy and don’t like America, then of course both sides are going to hate each other so much. I just think that people should calm down and try to understand what’s really good for people instead of just arguing over each other the whole time.

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  4. I believe in youth. We are always told that we are the future. We are told that we are the ones with the ability to construct and create the future the way we want it, a future that we want to live in. Whether it is to get rid of hatred and spread love or to save the earth and get rid of plastic. When I think of youth, I think of change. I think of the possibilities to become something greater. The ability to be and do better. I think of the ability to change. I believe in youth because we are change. We are change in societal norms, change in everyday thinking and change in everyday love. We have an ample amount to say about change and the way the world was said to be constructed. We have ideas on how to better the community we live in. We have ideas on how to better the environment we live in physically and emotionally. I believe youth see changes that need to be made. Though certain rules and laws were put in and worked in the past it doesn’t mean that they still apply and work today and we acknowledge that. I think youth can see the flaws of our society that can be fixed. But if nobody listens to us and gives us a chance to take action towards change, how can we produce the future that we have to live in. Besides, we are the future right?

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  5. I believe in the saying “hard work pays off”. I’ve learned this saying through my job as a CNA at a rehab hospital. I see people come in who cant even turn themselves and have to use a ceiling lift for transfers, and weeks later are walking out of the building and are going home. This is because of the hard work and motivation people use to get through the extensive hours of therapy. I know the work isn’t easy but in the end it’s always worth it. This is why I believe that hard work does pay off. I tell patients this saying when they first come in because of the doubt they have that they’ll never get better. Simple things we take for granted like walking, or taking a shower can actually be extremely difficult to regain when you have lost that mobility whether its due to a stroke, accident, or etc. With this saying I have also seen the other end of it. People who have given up and don’t put the effort in to get better stay the same and end up never being able to go home again. That’s why I believe that working through the struggles in the moment can be beneficial for the rest of our lives. This saying I have also taken with me for going to school. Putting in the extra time to study for a test and getting a high score is what makes you able to achieve your dreams like getting into the school you want or major. For me I know nursing school is going to be hard work but in the end it will be worth it because I hope to be a great nurse and be the difference in people’s lives.

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  6. I believe even the smallest victories can contribute to personal growth. Even though the “larger” steps are often the most commendable, I applaud any action that works towards self improvement. As I got older, I became less of a risk taker and more of a worrier. I would, and still do, overthink anything that is outside my usual routine. Soon I became aware of milestones that I had and had not achieved during my life in comparison to any of my friends. This led to a lot of self doubt about the things I had accomplished or whether or not I could do them again.

    An example of a more “simple” yet personal obstacle that I could not overcome was driving myself to Boston. Despite only living about an hour away, I was not keen on cities in general, and I had a long list of worries about going farther away. Fast forward to this summer, I reluctantly drove up with one of my best friends. I had a large pit in my stomach during the trip there. However, in the end I surprisingly felt more relaxed and had a lot of fun.

    Although this was only one of many anxieties I face, I am trying to accept that even though this was not something like a week long trip to a foreign country, this was huge for me. Hopefully in time my small victories with add up to larger ones. In any case, every single one is worth noting.

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    • Miranda, I agree with you that small accomplishments contribute to personal growth, and would even add that small accomplishments contribute to a heightened self-esteem of oneself. I would also like to add that though self doubt as a result of comparing oneself to their friends is common, the doubt is usually eased by knowing that you still have time to improve yourself to your liking(that is how I generally ease my doubts). As a side note, I can relate to feeling a bit anxious when going to places far away, especially when using the high way and also can relate to the feeling of my anxiety being lifted when I inch closer to my destination. Overall, I really enjoyed your belief statement and can’t wait to meet you this fall!

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  7. I would like to think that one of the hardest jobs on the planet is trying to be a mother figure in someone’s life. From the beginning, a mother’s job is to nurture and help an individual grow. It is thanks to my mother and the other strong, supportive female role models around me that I became the outgoing and independent person I am today. Surrounding myself with confident and determined women pushed me to get a job to be able to support my family. This gave me a sense of gratitude that allowed me to appreciate the opportunities I had been given. They also taught me valuable life skills such as learning how to win and lose and while being disciplined, they were still an inviting community, in which I could share my passions and goals.
    I continued to carry their teachings with me into my educational career, which allowed me to learn more about the opportunities for women in STEM-based careers. My technology teachers introduced me into the world of coding and mobile app design. My math teacher encouraged me to take the most rigorous courses. While my science teachers enlightened me with Boyle’s Law, the Periodic Table and the functions of the human body.
    The women who supported me through high school are all represented as mother figures to me. They showed me that with the right mindset I could achieve any goal. Truthfully though I could have never accomplished it on my own. In the last four years, I have felt overwhelmingly grateful for all of the love and support that I have been given. This feeling is what makes each influential woman in my life a mother figure. Even though we may not have always the same opinions and ideas, we were able to learn from each other and show support for one another. The women in my life all make up a small piece of who I am. Without them, I would have never discovered my passion for STEM. These empowering ladies have shown me that sometimes the impossible is possible by positively empowering me to work to my fullest potential. Over the past year, I have learned more about myself than I thought I ever would. Being pushed by inspiration has molded me into a determined leader that I never knew was inside of me.

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  8. I believe in starting over for the better. For the past five years and three months that I have been an immigrant in the United States, I trust that I am very lucky to have the opportunity that not many have had, that many have dream of. Many people are too scared of starting their lives all over again, forcing them to not do anything about it. Five years ago my family and I made the best decision of our lives, however, it was not always that easy. People are so caught up and used to what they have, that they are holding back on so many of the “better” opportunities. Although, it may not be easy, and it may feel divergent to the familiar, it does not mean that it will always feel like that. I do not mean that you have to move to an entirely different country in order to have a better life, I simply mean that people should deal more with “oh well’s” than the “what if’s” in life, because you never know what tomorrow has in store for you. I believe that the end of something, could be the beginning to something even greater. By not taking those opportunities, one may never know what that store has for them. People should never settle for less. If they are not happy then they should independently make the change that will grant them the happiness to fulfill their lives.

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  9. Purpose
    How many of you can say that you have found your purpose or know someone who has? You would think that such a thing is common and would eventually come to you as you grow. However, purpose has to be one of the most sought out goals, consciously and unconsciously, that very few obtain. Why were we put on this earth? What were we meant to do, live up to? These questions, in my mind, without a doubt have gone through every person’ thoughts at some point or another. But whether we come to an answer before our end may or may not happen. The wonders in this world are unlimited and only seem to grow the more you contemplate it. Where do we stand in this game of life? Whether we become something akin to a small ripple in the water caused by others or was meant to be the object who smashes through the pond’s surface causing effects on either one or many leaves to be seen.
    As I make my decisions, as I go through life I can’t help but wonder is it the right one to make? Is this the right school for me? Will the major I am taking lead me to my designed purpose. Will it allow me to be able to achieve an intent that was solely meant for me and finally answer that burning question that I have been yearning to know. What is my purpose in life? The reason I’m here writing to you all even, driving myself forward looking for cause, placement. Will I ever find it or will I be like most and never seem to find it. I guess theres only one way to find out.

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  10. I believe that respect is something earned through action and principle rather than a status achieved by money or position. There is this belief that if you have a white collar nine to five job, drive a Toyota Prius, and wear name brand clothes you deserve more respect then the man who gives you your coffee on the way to work. Many people around my town look the part of a decent, respectable person but very few actually live life with regard for others. It wasn’t until I was driving in a funeral procession watching all the happy go lucky Toyota Prius drivers honk their horns and cut us off that I realized status doesn’t mean your a good person. All of those respectable members of society acting as though the people in the procession weren’t mourning, like there wasn’t a dead man in the back of that hearse. Then I see a man on a skateboard, stereotypical delinquent, shirtless, covered in tattoos, a gold chain around his neck; the type of man that might make you cross the street at night by appearance alone. He then stops his skateboard looks at the hearse and does the sign of the cross. As he starts to skate away he makes eye contact with me and bows his head. He was the only stranger that day who showed respect for a family he did not know. We think people who have titles deserve our respect and well I respect the time they’ve put into achieve that title and I’ll respect them within that position; you have to earn my respect as a person by showing me you have compassion and empathy for others.

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  11. “ The starting point of all achievement is desire. Keep this constantly in mind. Weak
    desires bring weak results, just as a small amount of fire makes a small amount of heat.” –
    Napolean Hill
    I believe that she had to do what was best for her, even if that meant leaving me behind. She moved
    from home to Houston, Texas in 2009. I was eight years old. My best friend, my sister, Becky,
    was now 1,575 miles away from me. From then on I went from seeing her everyday to once a
    year. I felt lost because my life changed completely, I had no idea how to fill the void….and I
    was only 8 years old. Then one night, I went into the bathroom to brush my teeth but there was
    barely any toothpaste left. I was trying to push that last bit of toothpaste out, and eventually I did,
    but it took me a while. Then I realized that I was the toothpaste. I told myself in that moment that
    I had to push that tiny bit of strength out and continue on without Becky everyday just like I did
    with the toothpaste. I realized that it would take extra strength, but I knew that in time I would be
    okay because I would be stronger than I was before. So I did just that.
    Ever since Becky became a nurse and moved away, it’s all I can ever remember wanting
    to do. “I just want to help save lives,” I told my mom when she asked me why I wanted to
    become a lifeguard. That was my same response to the question, “Piper, what do you want to be
    when you grow up?”. After realizing that I was following in Becky’s footsteps, I began working
    hard in school while working a part-time job and being a swim team athlete to fulfill my dream. I
    just wanted to make Becky proud. I found the quote above about a year after Becky moved away
    and thought it pertained to me in every way. I worked everyday to get good grades in order to be
    accepted into a great nursing school because of all the desire that runs through my veins. I
    believe that a desire for something can lead a person to be the best that they can be.
    Ten years later, I am a freshman in college about to take a huge step into the next part of my life. I have never forgotten about the toothpaste or the desire I had for my future. I have
    never given up on my dream of following in Becky’s footsteps and I know that whatever
    challenge comes my way, I can face it.
    Because burning in my heart is desire, and in my mind is toothpaste.

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  12. A role model can be anyone in your life or someone you’ve never met before, either way they impacted your view or ideals on certain topics usually for the better. One person who has done that for me would be my mother. Just as most mothers do, they look after, protect, and take care of their children. My mother had an even harder job because there was no one else to help her do that. My “father” and my mother had gotten divorced when I was only a baby and she had to take care of her two children by herself. Even though it’s been a bumpy road with a plethora of obstacles, my mother is my role model because she constantly is going through physical pain and pushing that aside to be happy for her children. She has learned since the age of 14 the pain of rheumatoid arthritis and how much it limits you. She doesn’t let that affect her because she is the strongest person I’ve ever met. My mother is by far the person I look up to the most because she doesn’t let me down.

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    • You’re mom is the person you look up to and always will and that will forever be a beautiful connection that the both of you hold. All of the obstacles that the both of you go through will be something that you will always learn from and will make you want to do better. Hold on to your role models, keep them close to your heart, and never stop learning and loving.

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  13. I believe in true beauty. Oxford dictionary defines beauty as: “a combination of qualities, such as shape, color, or form, that pleases the aesthetic senses, especially the sight”, but I believe that true beauty is felt and not seen. One witnesses true beauty when they see something that touches them deeply, and often inexplicably. There is beauty to be seen everywhere and everyone sees beauty in different places. From the sun setting over the ocean, to the animals of the forest, to a piece of art that speaks to you. Beauty can be the pattern of waves as they crash on the beach, or irregularities of leaves as they change color in the fall. It can be the strength of a thunderstorm or the delicate little bird landing on a branch. Beauty comes in all shapes and sizes, all colors, and all forms. Everyone sees beauty in their own way, but there is always beauty to be found. One day when I was driving down a road, I stopped at a stop sign and as a truck drove by me, it whipped up a pile of sand into the air. It seemed to be such an insignificant thing, but I can still picture the way the sand sparkled in the sunlight high up in the air. It is moments like these that i treasure and that prove to me that true beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

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  14. This I believe:
    Everyone should be entitled to privacy. Privacy is, however, difficult to find in this day and age. So much information intended to be private is available online for those who wish to find it, whether it is legal to access or not. Twenty years ago an introductory assignment would never have been a part of a public document. Even if recorded, it would only have been found in an obscure publication. Now, however, it seems not uncommon to hear reports of people being subjected to scandal for recently noticed events long past, despite those events being non-criminal, both then and now. It is difficult to be required to expose oneself before passionately feeling the need to be heard or understanding the intended audience, even ignoring the fact that the actual audience is anyone who cares to view. While I respect my fellow students, I find this to be an awkward exercise at the present time. Even on those topics I am passionate about, in those communities I understand, I only recently stopped hesitating to post in. Additionally, although WordPress itself has a privacy policy, which I have read, I was unable to find a privacy policy for https://umassdbelieves.com itself, which is concerning. Because if it doesn’t exist, no one can be protected by it.

    This I believe.

    CC BY-NC 4.0

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    • Hi Dante, This is a thoughtful and timely response to this assignment. This I Believe is certainly a more “open-access” assignment because it is held on a publicly-accessible blog. In part, we want students to recognize the very concerns you do, and then make an informed decision about what they would like to share in terms of their belief. We also ask students to put their name to every post so that they, you, understand the ownership of ideas, an increasingly important concept in our “reTweet,” re”share” digital world. TWB depends on users maintaining secure email and wordpress accounts and utilizing the wordpress interface appropriately to help maintain digital security. This is our “policy.”

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  15. I believe in black lives, black equality, and black love. Everyday as humans we all want to do something that will make us better people, but how can blacks accomplish that when those who are white, other communities of color and even ourselves are constantly fighting with one another. I seek tranquility for my people because the suffering we must endure to have basic human rights is inevitable. I would be lying if I said I am not scared when I see a police officer even if I have not done anything wrong or when I walk around the store and can feel the slow watchful eyes of the white employee attentively on me. This is how we are portrayed to many, as thief stealing thugs that go around killing people. We are more, I believe we are engineers, artists, singers, doctors, etc. who just need more attention, support and love especially from our own people because we tend to push each other away.
    The day I see black people supporting each other without some type of sly comment or move, is the day we have fully supported one another and our growth in business, hospitals, and many more will be exquisite. The overtake of our community and not letting others walk over us, will be the day people see what we are about and how we re-define who we are as a people. I hope to see in the future that there will be better days even if they are not perfect. I know and I have hopes that my generation, generation Z, will make a difference in our community and for our people. With that difference we will get support from others and change the world.

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  16. I believe survival is a life skill that surpasses all abilities humans are capable of. Learning the true depth of the toll life exerts on an individual occurs when independency becomes a frightening reality. When one is challenged with the task of being self-supporting due to a circumstance out of their control, perseverance pressures oneself to switch their mentality into survival mode. An innumerable amount of necessities is no longer provided for an individual. Food. Water. Shelter. Clothes. Transportation. Toiletries. Bedding. Insurance. Phone. Gas. Loans. Rent. Along with many other things a young adult is typically provided with and/or paid for, even this endless list of essentials, to-dos, and deadlines of which inflicts a vortex of anxiety on an individual does not compare to the thing that possesses the most valuable essentials. Acceptance. Support. Love. Respect. Being deprived of finances and having to support oneself to live, survive rather, is exhausting and time consuming. Being robbed of the imperative emotional connections that bring family, friends, and lovers together is near debilitating. After all the heartache that ensues these factors, at the end of the day, we are all individuals looking to find a reason. Seeking for a purpose. Longing for success. Humans are capable of breathing, beating, and feeling. We are more than qualified to survive even at the depths of our darkest moments.

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  17. I believe in the power of friendship. I love my family, don’t get me wrong, but my friends have been the most impactful to my life. They have lifted me up when I’ve been down, and then they kept me up while I was feeling good. Without them life would likely be boring, which for me is a nightmare. I prefer an active life, and on top of that, an enjoyable one.
    In order to enjoy life, making silly jokes, doing stupid things, and reminiscing on old stories are all part of the experience. I recommend trying to say yes to as many plans as possible. This will open up a plethora of opportunities to meet new people, create new memories, and laugh, laugh, laugh the night away.
    These past two days I’ve spent hanging out with my longtime group of friends. Some of them are leaving for college this week, so this was like our “The Last Supper.” I was so happy to be there, surrounded by those people, having a blast and not focusing on our diverging new futures. I cried on the car ride home. I’m going to miss these people a lot. Sure, we’ll likely all hangout again, but it’s never going to be the same, and that is hard for me.
    That being said, college is going to be great, and I’ve already made some good friends. I’m excited for what the future holds for me, and I can’t wait to meet new people and create memories that will last a lifetime.

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  18. I believe that friends can have a larger impact on your life than anyone else. Through my early childhood being supported by my parents seemed to be the norm, however as I matured life began to not seem so straight forward. Through our adolescent years we gain and lose many people who we considered friends. But by senior year I have seemed to weed out the ones who didn’t necessarily support me and came out with a group of people who I consider my family. These are the people who pick you up when you are down and are always there for you. As I lost that youthful bond with my parents I grew far more distant from my family and closer with my friends. However sad or angry or emotional I was, I knew that I always had people to have my back. Friends are a window into different perspectives of life and are essential to becoming more open minded, accepting and knowledgeable. Friends help you mature and become more independent from your parents while teaching us how to establish strong bonds outside of our families. Friends will help you decide morally between what is right and wrong, and presents you to a new environment. Your family is chosen for you but friends can be picked and chosen. For example, you are able to move on from toxic friendships but it is more difficult to move from a family. Friendships keep one from becoming lonely as you can still be lonely with your family.

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  19. Role Models
    By Joshua Sablone

    Role models are important because they can shape how we act, what we think and our values. Role models can influence us more than anything else can they can shape what kind of people we will be. They can influence us into being better people and to improve our lives. Role models could be family or celebrities. They could be a public figure that you look up to.
    All my role models had to overcome something major in their lives to improve themselves. I look up to a lot of athletes like lebron James and Muhammad Ali. Each of them has had to overcome a hard obstacle to live better lives. Lebron grew up in a troubled neighborhood in Akron Ohio. He grew up without a father, the role model of a father figure was absent from his life. He had to figure out how to escape poverty and be a good father to his kids. He did all this without a father, he is a good man. He’s good to his kids and always supports them and he opened up a school in Akron Ohio that provides tuition to colleges.
    One of my other role models is Joe Rogan. He failed out of college and entered a difficult business and succeeded despite the odds. He now does stand up all over the country and his podcast is a foundation of thoughtful ideas and new perspective. I really value his story of being poor and failing out of school because he succeed based on hard work and a strong will. These people inspire me to do my best and overcome obstacles.

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  20. When I first saw the writing prompt, I had no idea what I wanted to write about, and to be honest I still don’t know. As I typed this first sentence, I think it’s all coming into play. I could write about love and how I might be too young, but I think I understand it or about how I believe everyone has that one place that always makes them feel good but I’m going to talk about how I believe that quitting is never the answer.
    A little fun fact about me is that I procrastinate, all the time! For example, I’ve known about this essay all summer but I’m writing this on August 14, 2019 when it is due August 15, 2019. The point is, is that I know myself well enough to know I’ll get it done. I could’ve said “screw it, I’m not doing it” but I’m not. I’m not, for lack of a better word, a slacker. I could give you the bullshit statement that with hard work and dedication things will always work out and sometimes they do, sometimes they don’t. Even if they don’t work out that doesn’t mean stop. Sure, you can get upset and frustrated but please don’t quit. Quitting is probably the worst possible solution to any problem. Quitting means you’ve given up trying, it means you’ll have that feeling of regret forever. So even if you think it’s not worth it to try, it definitely is.

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    • Katherine, I commend you for the honesty presented within your belief statement, as it made it more genuine and heart-touching. I enjoyed that you talked about your procrastination of this assignment and turned it into an inspiring statement regarding telling the audience to never quit in whatever they are pursuing. I was also really entertained by your belief statement, as it was fun to see how it ultimately ended up knowing that even you didn’t know where it was going to go as stated near the beginning of your statement. As a fellow procrastinator, I wholeheartedly agree with the notion of never quitting and thoroughly enjoyed your statement.

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  21. My beliefs change as the weather changes. When I was in 8th grade I decided I wanted to go to the trade school for 9th grade instead of my towns public high school. At the time I was interested in the culinary or cosmetology program. My goal was to start the year with good grades so I could get into one of the two programs. After my first week, as I tried out all of shops I found my new home. It was something I never expected I would be interested in. It wasn’t what I planed on doing but once I got a taste of metal fabrication and welding I knew it was for me. As sophomore year rolled around everyone was talking about college. Half of my friends knew exactly what they wanted to do or where they wanted to go to school. But for me it wasn’t that easy. I’ve always been good at math so I figured I would do something with that. Sometime junior year I went to North Conway with my family where I saw this little metal shop, filled with nick nacks and little trinkets. In that moment I thought to myself, I could do that. So from there I wanted to plan my life so one day I could own a metal shop of my own in a beach town. I want to have the store open in the summer and I could work on bigger projects in the winter. So I figured I would go to school for business? But i’m not really interested in marketing and all that. It wasn’t until my senior year when I had a statistics class, I fell in love with it. It was all about numbers and math. I made the final decision of going to college for finance and/or accounting. I plan on earning my degree in business to work towards my goal of owning my own store. But also having the skills and knowledge to fall back on if I need a job. Although I know my ideas and goals may change throughout the next few years, this if how i’m feeling now.

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  22. “The single biggest threat to our planet is the destruction of habitat and along the way loss of precious wildlife. We need the reach a balance where people, habitat, and wildlife can co-exists – if we don’t, Everyone loses… one day.”-Steve Irwin
    As a young girl living on a farm in the suburbs of New York I learned how to respect all types of wildlife around me due to all the stories and values my grandfather taught me. I learned that in order for humans to live a peaceful life on earth us humans have to learn how to coexist with nature.
    Due to others actions and seeing how humans are negatively are affecting the earth I believe in respecting nature. I believe that the world does not revolve around humans. Such as many in this world tend to think that humans are the key that makes the world go round. And I believe that’s not true, us humans needs nature and not the other way around. Earth is our home but we don’t treat it as such, we are nature’s biggest enemy. We have been taking advantage of nature’s resources since us humans existed. And I believe it’s time that us humans as a whole should start becoming more responsible and being more respectful towards nature. Humans should begin taking major responsibility of there actions. We need more volunteers that help clean polluted areas all around the world, I understand not everyone can go around the world just picking up every little piece of trash on the ground but everyone should start somewhere and a great place to start is in our own home. As well as holding ourselves accountable when we commit an act that harms the environment .
    Every day nature is being affected due to humans selfish actions, and it’s time to change. Day to day the world is becoming more polluted and less healthy for nature’s being. Due to this I believe humans need to do something to help improve the environment and help make a change.

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  23. I believe that small things matter. These small things could really be anything from saying thanks or opening a door for someone. All these small things can really impact someone’s day. I first felt this way when I started to play a sport in high school. Prior to this, I had never taken part in any kind of physical activity so I didn’t know what to expect. When I started to practice with the others I wasn’t the quickest, the smartest or the best. I was just average. I thought I was a useless member of the team that really had no reason to be there. I believed this through and through and even told myself I was going to quit after the first week. These thoughts all came to an end when one day my coach was taking part in the practices himself. Each time we went through a drill he had some things to tell each of the players personally. He would stop and point out our strengths and weaknesses. He would then end the conversation with some words of encouragement. Letting us know that we had to start from somewhere. These conversations not only raised my mood, but they also motivated me to strive for more. This helped me realize how much of an impact a few words could have on someone. I try to put this into practice any time I am talking to someone. Knowing that I could have made their day with a few words is enough of a reason for me to try.

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  24. I believe that mental growth and maturity is dependent on one’s own resolve to be a better person and assist those around you. To me, the word “resolve” means to have a fierce determination to see something through to the best of my abilities. To possess a fierce determination to be a better person would therefore entail continuous interactions with those around you, and the ability to analyze the situation and accommodate for whatever needs those around you may require. This would give someone a new perspective to ponder about, and a feeling of what those around them experience on a daily basis, giving them both mental growth and maturity. For instance, when I was eight years old, my family had travelled to India for summer vacation. There, I was originally met with booming cities and great looking restaurants. Regretfully, not all of India was fortunate to possess such wealth and goods. When I was walking on the streets of New Delhi, a beggar boy looked at me with tear-filled eyes and asked me for money. This made my eight-year-old self realize the poverty present in India, and legitimately wonder how to help this child since I didn’t have money. Fortunately, I had saved food from the restaurant my family ate at earlier and gave it to the beggar child, ensuring that the child had enough resources to survive the night. In this experience, I had interacted with an impoverished child, analyzed the situation he was in, and acted accordingly as to what I thought was the best course of action. This showed my resolve to be a better person on full display, and ultimately gave me a sense of realization as to the suffering of what a majority of people in the world face. That realization led onto my eight-year-old self maturing a bit, allowing me a new perspective to dwell on as I continued my vacation in India. In short, it is experiences like these where one’s resolve to help others shines brightly ultimately causes one to mature up to grasp the situation they are in, simultaneously giving them the mental growth they need as time goes by.

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  25. Trust is a very important thing in life. To trust someone means you are a firm believer in them. You rely on them and believe in their strengths or abilities. Trust is a very delicate thing because it is one of the things in life where it is so hard to get but very easy to lose. My feelings about trust is that you can not give it to everybody. I also believe that you have to work towards gaining one’s trust. I believe that once you have the trust of people, you have power. When I say this, I mean mentally not physically. If someone truly trusts you, they will come to you all the time with anything. Whether it’s problems or if they need help. That person depends on you. You gain an insight in one’s life when they trust you. The person dates to unravel things to your ears and mind. Being a trustworthy person is a really key goal for me in life. It means I’ve been there for people and real to people. Trust is important, but once it’s broken, ties, and relationships go down the drain. Depending on how it was broken and what the relationship was prior, some bond may never be the same. If you give someone your trust, you’re opening up to them and becoming vulnerable to them. If they break that trust, it causes pain and anger because in your eyes you believed in them and now they let you down. So all in all, trust is something that many cherish and don’t taken for granted. So to be trusted by another individual shows how much they believe in you.

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  26. Setting the truth free. Getting everything off your chest. Living with no regrets. People aren’t perfect, we make mistakes that we may regret. We hold feelings and thoughts in, to preserve others happiness of other, even when it can sometimes cause our own misery. I was the girl who gave people second, third, and even fourth chances despite the drama they put me through. I never spoke up against them, and how they treated or used me. However, leaving high school inspired me to finally tell the truth and get the weight off my chest.

    A specific “friend” of mine throughout the school year bullied me into believing my interests were wrong. Not wanting to disagree and push a friend a way I agreed with his arguments. I never thought my passions were normal and became self conscious of them, until I met college friends who had the same interests. I always regretted never setting my past friend straight and longed for the day I could tell him how self conscious he made me. I eventually got in contact with him and laid it all out and explained to him how much he influenced me. I believe that letting those regrets and feelings go, cause people to suffer less despite the drama they might have endured.

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  27. I believe in Positivity. Having a positive mindset can help enhance your body’s health by helping you cope with negative thoughts. There was a time in my life where I experienced being stressed and overwhelmed for months due to the fact that I continuously kept getting disappointed. I dealt with grieving because i’ve had a family member and a friend that passed away, grandma in the hospital for months. Most of the time I would be negative towards things, and that led me to not being able to find a job, losing weight, etc. I wasn’t productive at all. Keep in mind, I had goals for myself. I wanted to get a job, get my license, and be happy again.
    One Sunday morning, I was at church and my pastor was preaching about healing and ways that someone can overcome sadness. One important thing that he mentioned was positivity. How you perceive yourself and how you act is how you’ll be treated. I realized that if I needed to be positive. I started to change certain things, I would go out, talk to a family friend and being more motivated. I decided to move on and accept the fact that everything happens for a reason. I became more positive, and productive. I smiled often and I become more optimistic. There are times where people go through ups and downs in life but being positivity will help heal you and help you fight through the tough times. Always remember to smile.

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  28. I believe in the importance of having someone to look up to. When I used to hear about growing old, I would let it in one ear and out the other. By avoiding conversations about subjects such as aging that I did not feel comfortable with, I felt as if nothing would ever happen to me and I would stay young forever. One night when I was watching Saturday Night Live, I saw an older woman as the host and found it peculiar. It was Betty White. After watching the episode, I began to learn more about her and learned that she was the oldest host on SNL, at the age of 88. The more I learned about her, the more I began to look up to her. She is an animal activist, an actress, a record holder of the oldest person to win an Emmy, and the Guinness World Record holder of the Longest TV Career for an Entertainer (female). After learning all of this information, I was inspired and excited to see where my life will take me. I believe that it is essential to have a role model to look up to. Without inspiration, it would be troublesome to understand the importance of aging because it allows you to journey through life and achieve great things that can one day inspire others. At 97 years old, Betty white is only shown smiling, and one of her quotes that inspired me was, “aging is not lost youth but a new stage of opportunity and strength.” I am thrilled to discover all that I will achieve and hope to one day be a role model to somebody else.

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    • I completely agree that having a role model is important. It allows people to establish personal goals, or just simply let them decide who they want to become in his or her future. I can relate when you say you feared growing old. There is such a stigma on aging that conveys it to be a negative thing. I think it just depends on what people make of it. And Betty White is one of those people who make the best of it which I find awesome.

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  29. I stopped watching the news. I absolved myself from the position of processing and absorbing this nations constant influx of violence. For a country that prides itself on its diversity, we sure are intolerant when it comes to our differences. The concept of race was made apparent to me when I moved back to America and attended a suburban high school in which I found myself repeatedly defending the validity of my existence. This, unfortunately, has become commonplace for a wide variety of individuals across not only the nation but the world. So, what is it about our differences that incites violence? Simple; people fear the unknown. I believe that if we open ourselves up to truly understanding peoples differences, the world would become a safer place. Instead of trying so hard to decipher the different spices and seasonings that contribute to our delectable melting pot, we should take pride in enjoying the exact things that make us different and recognize that our differences are what make us unique. I hope to be able to return to the news one day and not be faced with the atrocities that this country is sadly known for. Until then, I implore you to champion your neighbors’ differences and recognize your own.

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  30. I believe in failure. Why may you ask? There are many reasons why I think failure is essential, but I’ll share just a few ideas.

    Failure is one of, if not the key to the understanding of life. Without fail, you would not have lived life at all. JK Rowling once said, ” It is impossible to live without failing at something unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all, in which case you have failed by default.” We all have failed miserably, but that is essential because you learned and with learning comes new-found knowledge. If you think about it, how do you think Isaac Newton discovered the three laws of motion? He had to experiment and failed to get to the solution.

    I myself have failed many times, more than I’d like to admit to myself. And I’m not talking about failing on a test and being disappointed. No, I’m talking about not being able to walk across the stage for graduation because you failed a class by one point. I’m talking about trying to get a job but repeatedly turned down. I’m also talking about not being able to provide the ones you love or even yourself. No one love failing, but through its life-changing lesson makes life meaningful.

    Without failure, we wouldn’t have compassion, achievement, and most importantly, understanding. Through failure, we learn about ourself and excellent life lesson that paves the pathway in the meaning of our life.

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  31. Role models are influential people who positively impact those who look up to them. They can be celebrities, politicians, family members, coaches, or friends. No matter who they are, they can truly mean the world to someone.

    In my life, I have had many role models, including my dance teacher. She has not only taught me the fundamentals of dance but important life skills. I have learned the value of self-confidence as well as perseverance. As a role model, she also taught me to take risks. As a role model, she has transformed my outlook and perspective on everyday life as well as providing me guidance.

    I have also been able to become a role model to others in my life. Starting my role as a student teacher at age nine, I have had the ability to become a role model for children from ages two to thirteen. When my students say to me how much of an impact I had on their lives, it makes me realize how much a person’s words and actions affect others. Through this experience, I have seen my students as role models. They are my role models because they remind me to take a step back and enjoy life.

    I believe that role models teach you a lot about yourself as well as life in general. Also, I believe that anyone has the ability to be a role model to someone else.

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    • I loved this post! I loved your transition from seeing your dance teacher as your role model, to becoming a role model, and then seeing your students become role models. I also liked how you were able to watch them become role models in the same way as your dance teacher watched you become one. I can see that this experience has had a big impact on your life!

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  32. I sat on my wooden stool in the beating sunlight watching all of the other gardeners work on their plants. My hat down and my mouth quiet, I watched them, but never said a word. I sat and looked at my dried soil where no plants ceased to exist. Some of the gardeners said my soil was infertile, but none of them really knew the truth. Being 18 and a gardener was uncommon.

    I spent most of my time watching the other gardeners, only because I did not have any plants to care for myself. Every now and then I would hear them talk to the new gardeners and tell them about me, always making up new stories of how I ended up in The Garden. The only way to become a gardener was to create new life, but for some reason I never had the life to prove I was a real gardener. Most of them thought my appearance in the garden was a mistake.

    My first plant existed once when I first became a gardener. I didn’t know what I had become at first, but once I was able to sense my plant’s presence I knew what I had to do. Caring for something so small would be very difficult. I thought about failing and it made me feel unworthy of performing such a task. It would be hard and difficult.

    On my first night, I fell asleep, exhausted from the day’s hard work. I slept on my stool finally cooled due to the suns needed absence. I left my plant unattended. Once I woke the next morning my plant was dead. Dried up to a crisp. I touched the plant and it crumbled to dust. My heart did the same. Who would have done such a thing?

    What I did not know was that in my deep sleep that one night, I slept walked to unknowingly poison my own plant. Taking the life of something I did not know was so important to me was indescribable. Sometimes I cry or just stare off into the distance. Everyday I live with regret of that one night. I continue my life feeling as if there is a hole in my stomach, as if I’m missing a part of myself.

    At first I hated myself for what I had done. I was depressed and alone with no one to talk to. It takes a lot to forgive yourself for something you never thought you would do, but eventually I did. I had no choice but to find the strength to get up every morning. If I didn’t, I would’ve never gotten better. Learning to forgive myself for my own mistakes freed my soul from being trapped inside a spiraling depression. Everyday the hole in my stomach gets smaller and smaller. It is filled by small amounts of happiness I find. Hopefully one day it will be fully healed.

    Watching the others care for their own is the only thing I can do. Sometimes I feel joy when a gardener finds a new seedling. Most of the time I stare at my own soil hoping for something to appear out of thin air as if I could reverse the damage I had done. I sit everyday and hope that maybe one day I’ll be able become an amazing gardener.

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  33. I believe in acceptance

    As you go through life you walk by, shake hands with, talk to, and make new friends with thousands of people. Judgement is such a big part of acceptance. You might not realize how much we judge one another the first few seconds we see someone. Wow their hair is messy or ew they smell funny, everything you think is already starting to build your impression on someone.

    Having an open mind is the first step to acceptance. Don’t judge someone on what they are wearing or their race. You should get to know someone before judging them. If you don’t get along with someone that’s okay but you still need to accept that that is who they are as a person, and you just have your differences. Respecting someone you don’t get along with or you have different opinions with is very important. Everyone should be able to be themselves and be accepted as long as they aren’t harming themselves or others around them.

    One day I heard someone talking about me. They were saying how I look like I’m rude. I have never seen or talked to this person before. I started to think to myself what makes someone look like they are rude? Was it the face I was making? Did i do something wrong? No, I did absolutely nothing. So out of curiosity, I went up to the person and simply asked if there was something I did for them to think that about me. And they said no. So I said I’m sorry if I gave you the wrong impression but I don’t think I did anything wrong for you to judge me that way. Then that person was on the same team as me. As they got to know who I was, they started to realize who I really am. A very helpful person who is there for anyone that needs it. One day they came up to me and apologized for the way that they judged me without knowing anything about me.

    This experience opened my eyes to be more accepting. Who cares if someone likes or does things differently than you? Is it really going to affect the way you live life? Most likely not. So try to be more open to talking to more people, and learning about new things that people do or are interested in. This will leave you with less to judge and more for you to understand and accept.

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  34. We all believe in something. Whether it be a figure, an ideal, an object, a certain way you do something, and many other things. To be frank, people can believe in anything that they think holds some sort of luck, some sort of power, some sort of…advantage. Now I am not going to say to throw out your old taped up wooden baseball bat even though you say it brings your team good luck and many home runs, but I’m just going to say it’s not all in the bat that’s giving you the winning streaks. I believe that people don’t need something to hold to or to use in certain way in order to get the desired effect. I believe it lies within the person to do what needs to be done and what can be accomplished. The charm or lucky item that people hold onto give them security and makes them feel empowered, like the item or thing is surging through them. Prime example: I grew up with my best friend since the cradle. He’s twenty and I’m nineteen, he’s at Umass Boston going on to his Junior year and I’m going to Umass Dartmouth as a Freshman (I got held back a year in case you did the math). Anyways, whenever we’d go out somewhere, like bowling, airsoft, pool, or any kind of competitive sport, he’d always say that he had the lucky hair. What he means is that one time, and at this point in my life I forgot how exactly, his mother, him and I were all going bowling at Boston Bowl and she rubbed his hair (I think it was really a nudge on the head) and she went up the bowling lane. She wound up her arm with the ball in hand, swung down, and bam! She got a strike. Now anyone can get a strike, I mean, it’s twelve pins against a big bowling ball, but I was like ten; so, I didn’t judge. Ever since then, Her and Robert have been saying that he has the lucky hair. Now every time we go out somewhere, he always brings up his lucky hair.

    That’s the thing though. His mother didn’t rub luck out of his hair, and luck really isn’t luck. It’s really depending on the situation. His mother probably thought that she was getting her son’s good luck rubbing on her and thought she could get a strike; which I guess could theoretically increase her chances because she feels lucky. However, it was all her and only her that got that strike. Luck is just the odds of a person completing that action. It’s hard to describe how one feels “lucky”, but it does something to a person. It makes them…better. I don’t know how, but I believe that even if she hadn’t rubbed his hair, she could have still gotten that strike. It’s all in how you go about it. Luck isn’t something gained, luck is something that’s just there. If it was gained, then why is the phrase, “beginner’s luck” a thing? Sometimes people just have to open up to their own skill more than their letting it.

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  35. Trust is a very important thing in life. To trust someone means you are a firm believer in them. You rely on them and believe in their strengths or abilities. Trust is a very delicate thing because it is one of the things in life where it is so hard to get but very easy to lose. My feelings about trust is that you can not give it to everybody. I also believe that you have to work towards gaining one’s trust. I believe that once you have the trust of people, you have power. When I say this, I mean mentally not physically. If someone truly trusts you, they will come to you all the time with anything. Whether it’s problems or if they need help. That person depends on you. You gain an insight in one’s life when they trust you. The person dates to unravel things to your ears and mind. Being a trustworthy person is a really key goal for me in life. It means I’ve been there for people and real to people. Trust is important, but once it’s broken, ties, and relationships go down the drain. Depending on how it was broken and what the relationship was prior, some bond may never be the same. If you give someone your trust, you’re opening up to them and becoming vulnerable to them. If they break that trust, it causes pain and anger because in your eyes you believed in them and now they let you down. So all in all, trust is something that many cherish and don’t taken for granted. So to be trusted by another individual shows how much they believe in you.

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  36. This summer, having the experience of witnessing the preparation of ethnic food from different cultures and reaching out of my comfort zone to try in other culture’s flavor, texture, and utilizing different utensils in the process of consuming food from that culture, has taught me to be more comfortable with new experiences. For example hibachi cooking style. Hibachi cooking style is A Japanese preparation style of food cooked in front of you as a show and it literally translates to fire bowl. Japanese Dishes commonly incorporate Ginger and hot mustard as seasoning. Whereas Canadian themed steakhouses incorporate maple into their dessert menu. I recently visited A Canadian themed steakhouse in Epcot at Disney World in Orlando Florida this summer. Of course Some thing of maple theme was on the menu considering Canada is flourishing with maple trees and even has a maple leaf on its flag . And of course I enjoyed a bowl of maple Flavored ice cream. I am a girl with a sweet tooth. What can I say ? Another new cultural experience I had was attending a hibachi style restaurant this summer. I am not one to like spice especially hot mustard, however I tried the ginger. I’m glad I did although I did not enjoy it. This was an interesting experience. Going forward I will be more open minded to trying new foods from new places and look forward to see where it takes me and what new food customs there are to try. Worst case scenario I’ll order something off their dessert menu. After all I do have a sweet tooth. I believe that it is important to expose myself to new experiences whether positive or negative because I believe that one can learn something from every experience if they look more in depth.

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  37. I believe in ordering something new off the menu every time you go out. Not because I have a high interest in food or I’m majoring in culinary art. Honestly, if you asked me to make a grilled cheese sandwich for you right now, I’m not sure if I could make a good one. You should order something new because you never know how good or bad the meal may be or if you may be eating something you’ve never eaten before. I’ve done this so many times at many different restaurants that I’ve had managers come up to me and tell me I don’t have to pay for my meal because I haven’t eaten enough of it. That’s an example of a few bad times, which probably consist of two percent of all my outing. This all started around the age of 10 when my dad offered me twenty dollars to eat an oyster. Ever since then I try new things not for the twenty dollars but because I enjoy oysters now. The point of this is that you should always try something new because you never know what could come out of it. If someone invites you to go somewhere, go, it could become your favorite place. If you have a chance to get to know someone and their story, don’t pass the opportunity up, this person could end up being your best friend. What’s unfamiliar to you should not be scary, it should be exciting. So go try something new off the menu, the worst thing that can happen is that you have an allergic reaction.

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  38. A role model can be anyone in your life or someone you’ve never met before, either way they impacted your view or ideals on certain topics usually for the better. One person who has done that for me would be my mother. Just as most mothers do, they look after, protect, and take care of their children. My mother had an even harder job because there was no one else to help her do that. My “father” and my mother had gotten divorced when I was only a baby and she had to take care of her two children by herself. Even though it’s been a bumpy road with a plethora of obstacles, my mother is my role model because she constantly is going through physical pain and pushing that aside to be happy for her children. She has learned since the age of 14 the pain of rheumatoid arthritis and how much it limits you. She doesn’t let that affect her because she is the strongest person I’ve ever met. My mother is by far the person I look up to the most because she doesn’t let me down. While in the past we both had our differences and we didn’t see eye to eye, she has made me a better person day by day and continues pushing me in a positive direction throughout life. I don’t think anyone is perfect enough to make no mistakes but I do believe some people are perfect enough to fix and learn from the mistakes they’ve made. My mom I truly believe is one of those people.

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  39. I believe in people being kind to each other, and I think that it is even better when the people are complete strangers and they do it for no reason other than just being nice. I have been working at a grocery store for only a couple of months and what has happened a few times already was that there were people buying groceries and ended up not having enough or not having any money to pay for their groceries. As the cashier there is nothing that I can do except take out whatever items they would like me to until the total gets down to one that they can pay. A couple of those times the person behind them in line paid for their groceries for them and I think that it was just awesome when those people did that. They had no idea who the person was in front of them, they just saw that they needed help and offered to pay. I think we all should do more like that, and I don’t mean everytime you go to the grocery store that you should pay for the groceries of the person in front of you. I feel that we should all try to do at least one kind act a day. It could go from paying for someone’s groceries if they can’t, to giving someone a compliment. Someone could be having one of those days where everything is going wrong and you could just make their day by complimenting them or helping them out in some way. Why shouldn’t we do it, with all the bad things happening around us, I believe that it could help to make things better even if it is just by the tiniest bit.

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  40. I believe in “hard work pays off”. I am a strong believer in working for what you want because then you will be more grateful for what you have. Being able to say that you’ve got everything you got because of yourself and nobody else is a blessing. From a young age I was taught that you must always work and always find ways to better yourself. If you do that all your life nothing but great things will happen to you. No matter what walk of life you’ve been brought up in, that advice was guaranteed to work for you. From that moment my grandfather told me til now I live by it. Now 18, I have no choice but to grind extra hard because these are the years that matter the most. If you want that house in Calabasas, you have to put in all the hard work now. If you want that career you’ve dreamed about since you were in 3rd grade you must do all the hard work now with full effort. So at 40 you’re with your spouse looking at your spoiled children run around the backyard with their own playground. Now that I am in college I feel as if this would be my prime. This is the time that could really make or break my future. This is the time to grab every single opportunity that could benefit me and use it to my full advantage. So class of 2023 lets all chase the American dream.

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  41. I believe and value the word ‘Respect’. I feel in this day and age people are steering away from respect and becoming evil and selfish. Your actions and good ethical behavior are what grants you respect from others. Every school I’ve come across strives to teach this word but it just never soaks in. I think it’s important that parents as well should be the teachers because restoring respect then earns a better society. There are many examples of respect that I live by but the three main categories for me is respect for yourself, others, and property. One that I seem to value above all is property. I want to leave our future kids to a healthy world and not worry about climate issues. I’ve always had respect for Earth because whenever a wrapper drops on the ground I’m one of the first to pick up. It kills me to be driving along the highway or streets and just seeing trash being thrown away on the side of the road. Right there as simple as picking up a trashed cup on the ground is respect. This category of respect is mainly left out but the one I live by. This may be overlooked compared to respecting others/yourself however, in general, they are all overlooked. Because respect in communities of others and personal respect brings peace.

    I come from a snobby area where the only thing that matters is status or how much you make. I hate hearing things like oh he/she doesn’t make as much as me. It pains me to hear it because there’s no need for it and it’s just not respectful. By living through these examples it has given me a drive to value the word respect and ultimately preach it for our future. I hope that our kids learn respect and in that create a better society than we once lived in.

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  42. Throughout a person’s life, there will be role models along the way that help that can help to either keep them on a straightened path or lead them astray. One person or one decision can drastically change your life. That is why choosing good role models is important. I had a built-in in role model in my father who has taught me how to act in a strong and honest way that he has lived out as an example for me and my family to follow. Unfortunately, some people do not have a strong figure like that in their lives and have to turn towards outside sources for counseling or advice. These outside role models can sometimes lead a young person off the right track and give bad advice. This does not have to come from a bad place from the role model either. Sometimes a person is just too young or does not have enough life experience to give good advice. Some people also turn to sports heroes or celebrities to be their role models. This usually turns out poorly as many people who turn towards celebrities to be role models shape the way they act around how the “cool” celebrities act. It usually does not turn out well as we do not have as much money, talent or fame as these celebrities so we cannot afford to live their lifestyle. This is why I believe that a person both involved in your life and with life experience like a parent, grandparent, or older sibling is the best type of role model as they will look to help you with good advice and by setting an example for you along the way.

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  43. I believe in myself, and I believe that everyone should try to believe in themselves. There will be times where I will need to dig deep for something I know that I am capable of achieving but if I doubt myself even for a second, everything will fail. You can have the greatest people in your corner cheering you on but if you never had the mindset of cheering for yourself then it is pointless. Believing in yourself lets everything else in your life fall into place. Every person is blessed with certain abilities and if I stick to what I’m good at and work hard I think that there is nothing I can’t accomplish. I thought a long time about what I believe in when being assigned this and it didn’t occur to me until being dropped off in my dorm with my family gone that I believed in myself and my ability to create a bright future for myself. There are always going to be other people in life that want the same things as you and I believe that I have just as much entitlement to it as the next person, I just have to trust myself and work hard to get it. Goal setting is done to list out something you could see yourself achieving and it is a great example of belief in oneself and I think everyone at some point has set a goal because they believe in themselves to a certain extent, every person has it within themselves to believe and work hard.

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  44. Many people say that college is necessary. The idea of college is often instilled in children’s heads from before they could even properly spell the word “degree”. A lot of parents put a lot of pressure on their kids saying that college is the only option if they want to be successful in life.

    I believe that this is simply not true. I believe that school is not for everyone, and everyone has their own calling, whether it be through college, through trade school, or just going straight to the workforce. There are many examples of this through very successful people in history. One of the main examples of this is Steve Jobs. Steve Jobs did not go to college, but what did he end up doing? He started a multi million dollar company which we use in our everyday lives. Other notable people include Bill Gates, Michael Dell, Mark Zuckerberg, all of whom are now millionaires and billionaires.

    Me myself, I’m 50/50 on school. I don’t believe it is necessary for everyone to go to school. I personally don’t like school, but for me I know it can open doors and help me reach the goals that I have set for myself. There are also people who want to do what I want to do which is to go into law enforcement, that skip the college route. That is also possible, because you can go straight to police training, with no college degree required, all you need is to meet the age requirement. As long as you have a plan and goals, the amount of education does not matter, it’s all about your ambition at that point.

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  45. One of my many role models would have to be my dad. My dad grew up without his father there for most of his life. He was living in a trailer park with no ride to school or from school. Started working delivering newspapers off of his bicycle. He got enough money to purchase a car and started delivering pizza. My father ended up going to Umass Dartmouth for Civil Engineering while working as a bartender. My mother then got pregnant with my older sister causing her to drop out of college and my dad having to work even harder. My dad graduated from Umass Dartmouth got a job as a Civil Engineer and soon after ended up opening his own Civil Engineering company. He has built this company from the ground up. It is very inspiring to see someone work so hard and get repaid for it. To see someone to come from nothing and now being able to support his whole family really makes me want to follow his footsteps. Through his hard work it has taught me that things don’t come easy in life and you have to work hard for everything. I’ve got to learn a lot of experience from him. Being able to work for him for the last three years has taught me so much about Civil Engineering, Surveying, and the construction field. I believe the lessons he has taught me has made me a better person and has prepared me for college.

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