97 thoughts on “Role Models

  1. In our ever-changing world it is very easy to lose one’s way, become overly pessimistic, nihilistic, bitter, and hateful. Or perhaps you even go the opposite direction, pretending everything is okay, over simplifying and romanticizing, willfully ignoring things, all in an attempt to just make it through the rough patches. Life is difficult, but the answer is never such extremes. One truly important lesson I learned is, “Everything in moderation”. For example, when I was younger a stumbling block I had to get over was dealing with not the fact that I was not the best at anything, I had to swallow my excessive pride. Afterwards I descended to the opposite side of the spectrum, self-hatred. It can probably be agreed upon that everyone has reasons they feel insignificant or worthless, however most will also agree that beating yourself up over your flaws is too far. Another interesting case would be politics in the classroom. Today, the majority teachers will not speak of their political views, for fear of offending someone and losing their job. Clearly this is wrong, people should not fear for their livelihood simply for having an opinion. On the other hand, there are the few teachers who disregard the curriculum and assign projects based on their particular agendas. Which is also wrong, being manipulative and outright unfair most of the time. In all the cases mentioned the best solution to the problems is somewhere in the middle, and the true enemy is the ever tempting extremism.

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    • When you take a moment to think about the generation we are growing up in, you can become disappointed. We are giving up too early and deciding to take the easy way out in life. For example dropping out of high school and accepting a decent paid job. Females at the age of sixteen strolling around with baby carriages struggling. Young boys turning to the streets to sell drugs who earn more cash in a day than someone who’s worked 40 hours in a week. This is the generation that we are living in. We try to grow up quickly because we are rushing time. If you let time take its course you will be more successful. Everyone wants to be rich with a foreign car and a private home yet lately our generation lacks the knowledge that in order to get there you have to be patient. A cousin of mine chose the wrong path. I would always wonder how she would have so much expensive items. In my mind I wondered how she was able to afford it all being in a low income family. Later on I found out she was arrested for drug related crime. This situation has ruined her life, reputation, and is now on her record for life. Why choose the easy life when it comes with awful consequences? Patience is what will get you far. Being able to work for your success. I believe that patience is the key to success and it is worth the wait.

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      • This was a really nice way of putting your words together. I feel the same way people shouldn’t just take the easy way out because the rewarded of success won’t feel the same as it would if we had to work for it.

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      • I agree, many take the easy way out without thinking of the consequences. Everything is painted so nicely so the person sees how it can benefit them in their our way, but never on how it can harm them in the future. There should be less #Free x y and z, and more congratulations to x y and z on graduating and getting their degree or on an amazing job opportunity.

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  2. This I Believe
    ” Why settle for good when you can be Fabulous” – Jessica Holst
    “There is no passion to be found in settling for a life that is less than you are capable of”- Nelson Mandala
    While growing up I have always been encouraged to try my hardest and live by the similar quotes I have stated above. Since I could walk my parents have done nothing but push me to put one hundred and ten percent effort in not only sports, school, and relationships, but life in general. Throughout my life I have been surrounded by many people to look up to including my parents, brother, and other immediate family but, what also comes with that is the expectation they all have for you to excel in every aspect of your life. After realizing you may not reach everyone’s expectation the only thing that should matter is that you are doing everything you can do to be your kind of “fabulous”. Everyone’s explanation of the word “fabulous” may be different but if you are striving for your “fabulous” that is all that matters. Effort is sometimes over looked but is a major key to success. Nothing worth having has been received without a little bit of effort and I am sure you all can vouch this for me. As we begin this new chapter of our lives I would like to finish with saying that I encourage you all to give your best effort and don’t settle for being good when you can be fabulous!
    Kalli Guillemette

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  3. As I sit back and reflect on things that I believe in, a lot comes to mind. Fate, karma, even ghosts. Something that I have always believed in is, everything happens for a reason. Whether it is good, bad, happy, heartbreaking, or rewarding. The event that is occuring in your life, has a meaning behind it. This meaning behind this event could be life changing. I think when certain things happen in a person’s life, I think it doesn’t happen just because. When you lose a significant other, I think that it’s meant to happen because eventually you’ll find someone better who is the one for you. When you don’t do as well on a test you thought you were going to, it strives you to do better on the next test. I think that we all have a next chapter in our lives and we just have to be patient and wait for it. I think why I believe in this so much is because I have personally experienced “everything happens for a reason”. I’ve had a lot of obstacles in life and eventually they were overcame. Not a lot of people believe in it and do not see that something good will come out of an event. I am not one of those people. In life, you are going to go through many inconveniences, but if you believe that something good will come out of them one day, you believe that everything happens for a reason. Just as I do.

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    • I loved this post honestly. I personally need to work on my patience and ego, when things don’t work out you’d think the world was ending. I’m definitely working on not putting so much pressure on myself and your optimistic view is really helpful and bright.

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    • Jennifer, I too believe very strongly in this statement that “everything happens for a reason”. Whenever something happens to me that makes me upset, I always try to think of this phrase to help lighten up my mood on whatever was making me unhappy. I feel myself saying this statement to myself almost everyday, because it is such an important belief to me.

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    • I imagine a lot of people don’t feel that same way because when tragedy strikes it can become really easy to get caught up in the present disaster and difficult to look at the bigger picture. Though if people adopt a similar mindset to yours, maybe their lives would be just that little more bearable and happy. Honestly, all in all this reminds me not only of my own beliefs as a Christian (where you believe that God has plans for each and every one of us, and he wouldn’t put us through anything we couldn’t handle) but also of that one quote something like, “success is falling 9 times and getting up 10”. It’s just a very comforting sentiment that can help in hard times for anyone who believes in it.

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  4. I believe in taking action…
    I believe that everyone has the ability to make a difference. No matter the person, everyone has a part in diminishing the haze of apathy that weighs heavily on our current society. It is not about needing to be an expert on an issue before taking action, it is about realizing that whether it is the small action of a smile when you pass someone in the hallway or the big action of starting a movement like #metoo, every effort has a ripple effect that inspires change. Possessing passion, being committed, and dedicating time to ease the burden of others can have a lasting, and much needed, impact for change. Unplugging yourself from mindless social media and breaking away from meaningless games can be transformed into a conscious choice to use technology to inform, educate, and inspire others to take action; rather than just a way to numb the horrors that surrounds us. Battling against apathy is why I want to make a difference. I believe in the power of humanity. I believe in the power of change. We all need to make a difference in the world. So, let’s take action.

    “Put your heart, mind, and soul into even your smallest acts.
    This is the secret of success.” Swami Sivananda

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    • Beautifully put, Hannah. I can recall growing up being told to mind my own business and let the adults handle everything, and I believe we as a collective society have continued to hold onto that fact into our own adult lives. For too long we have all sat idly by as the horrors in our world flourished and established itself in our culture as the “norm” (think Detroit as an infamous crime-stricken city). As you have discussed, small acts of kindness every day are all it takes to start changing the world for the better. We are the generation to open up about the problems that plague humanity and to take a stance to eradicate them. It’s time to take action!

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    • I agree with this 100%! In life, people need to be the reason for change. If something is not being changed and you’re eager to see a difference, strive to change it yourself! Anyone can make a big difference in this world and I think we should all try! Wonderful blog post!

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  5. Although I have not been personally stricken by any life-altering disease, injury, or illness, I am currently employed at a local rehabilitative hospital that places me in situations that force me to come face-to-face with the reality of disability. I work as a Certified Nursing Assistant at Vibra Hospital in New Bedford, which is a facility designed to care for and rehabilitate individuals who have suffered one or more severe physical injuries. I very much enjoy the work I do, but I would be lying if I did not admit the depressive nature of trying fruitlessly to comfort the permanently uncomfortable day after day. Young men and women who will never walk, speak, eat, or talk again, amongst other limitations. Older patients who started their injuries with a simple hip fracture, only to become further complicated with septic shock and infections that claim their kidneys and other vital organs. Delirium and confusion in the minds of countless people who simply don’t understand why they are tied down to their bed, unable to speak or eat, and constantly teased by the freedom of strangely dressed persons who wander in and out of the room. Spending a few days tending to the needs of the terribly ill and hearing their stories does wonders for an individual’s appreciation for life. Just a year ago I never paid attention to the dangers of daily life: driving, swimming, working. I simply shrugged it off when people told me to “drive carefully,” “don’t dive in the shallow end,” or to “be safe.” “How could anything happen to me?” I thought, “Never.” Well, until this point I was right. I just didn’t account for meeting the poor souls that thought the same way. Sometimes I still come home at midnight after an eight-hour shift and just cry in my car because there is nothing I can do to fix the problems these people have. After over a year, I can say absolutely that my perception of the world has changed. I value every day that I awake unscathed and pray that it remains the same for years to come. I care for the well-being of my friends and family more deeply than ever before. I’ve seen the result of one careless decision, and I know how quickly it can turn to catastrophe. I guess my point is this: hold those around you closely, and never stop telling them you appreciate and love them. Life is a sacred gift, and it is This I Believe.

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    • Absolutely love your post! This was written so beautiful and I admire how you challenge yourself daily by helping out others who cannot help themselves. That is the beauty of nursing and what I hope to pursue one day. You are strong for this!

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    • I agree with your statements about the fragility of older people. I’ve lived with my grandparents for most of my lives, and even though they appear to be timeless, I can see the effects and stress of having to raise 2 of their own grandchildren for most of their childhoods. Frankly, it’s unsettling. My grandparents are my role models, and to watch them work as hard as they can to make sure that I can have a successful life. My grandfather instilled in me the values of courage, perseverance, and determination. He convinced me to begin swimming competitively, which is the first and only sport that I have continued to partake in college. He taught me to always stand up for myself and for others, and to always, always, work my very hardest. My grandmother taught me the values of compassion, kindness, and openness. The ability to make friends with anyone that I choose to interact with is one of the best skills that I could have ever been taught. These two people have given me the necessary traits to lead a successful life.

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  6. Diversity can be defined as “the inclusion of individuals representing more than one national origin, color, religion, socioeconomic stratum, sexual orientation, etc”. To me the concept of diversity consists of respect and accepting someone for who they are inside and out. I have learned this through the transition I have encountered from middle school to high school. Going to a predominantly black middle school distanced me from reality by surrounding me with people who looked just like me. Don’t get me wrong, there’s nothing defective about surrounding yourself with people who are like you but there’s also nothing wrong with being in a diverse setting. The change in environment from middle school to high school was very challenging for me. My small Charter Public middle school contained about 300 students, most of them were an African American race which provided comfort and support because they looked like me. When moving on to high school, the interactions I had with people were different. I had to learn to adjust to the people around me and how we interacted with each other. Looking back to the first week of school, I remember when a caucasian female came up to me and touched my hair and asked “How did you get your hair like this?”.This was my first encounter with a person that wasn’t of the same race as me. Throughout the years I have been through similar situations with different races and got to learn more about them as they learned more about me. If I never attended my diverse highschool, BLA, I would have never gotten the opportunity to experience diversity the way I did. I was able to connect with many different races, Black, White, Asian, Hispanic and etc. Diversity is a great thing and I got to learn new things, new languages, meet new people, and try new foods because of it.

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  7. One of the worst things that a person can do to themselves is to abandon their sense of humor. Without comedy, I believe that we lose the strongest feeling of joy a person can undergo from day to day. Whether it be due to stress, work, school, drama or something else, it can become far too easy to put aside humor in favor of a more serious persona. The problem with this is, however, soon we forget how to laugh at the little jokes and therefore lose a major source of joy. I believe that the loss of one’s humor is a slippery slope that can easily lead to serious problems such as severe depression and even thoughts of suicide simply because the person no longer can find joy in day to day life. Comedy isn’t just a good way to enjoy the “good times” in life; it is also arguably the best way to cope with our darkest and saddest moments. To avoid going into a somewhat saddening story, I will paraphrase by just saying that I knew someone who was going through a very rough time in their family but never made it publicly noticeable that she was actually severely depressed. She apparently was toying with the thought of suicide until she met me and one of my best friends. At first she was extremely quiet, so what my friend and I decided to do was to almost compete to see who could make her laugh. Time went on and the three of us became near inseparable. It wasn’t until the year that we graduated high school that she finally told us that she was actually planning on committing suicide the year that we met her, but she didn’t go through with it because we gave her a reason to smile again with our constant jokes. To summarize my point, I believe that a person should cherish humor more than anything else, and I believe that without laughter, the world would lose its joy.

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  8. Imagine if you opened a box of crayons to find that every single one was gray. The picture you wanted to color would end up looking dull and boring, right? I believe in being different and out of the ordinary. There are seven billion people in the world and being unique not only makes me stand out, it makes me myself. Although I may look like any average person, I will always stand out in some way or another. Sometimes I am different in ways that seem obvious like my age, gender, hair texture, or my style. For example, I have been the only black person, and the only woman, at an event which made me stand out from the crowd. Other times it is completely different and personal, such as how I handle myself, my opinion and personality. However, there are times that these traits which make me unique are not always beneficial. For example, one of my traits is that I speak my mind. This trait has sometimes gotten me into arguments with friends and family. On the other hand, speaking my mind has helped me gain some friends and provided a chance to look at a situation in a different way. It is like what Angelina Jolie said: “If being sane is thinking there’s something wrong with being different… I’d rather be completely fucking mental”.
    While I understand there might be criticism from society, there is nothing like having the courage to be yourself. I have had experiences where I was the victim of the view of a society that wanted me to be just like everyone else, but I always choose to ignore that and be different. Just like the fingerprints on your fingers, your personality and opinion are unique to you. If you find yourself agreeing with society without finding any flaws, then you are missing the chance to be yourself and stand out.

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  9. I had never really payed attention to the news or many worldly happenings until about 2016. Of course I knew of major events, but several issues I was pretty ignorant about. A lot of different things happened that year. I think that my history class, which required us to watch the debates for a quarter project, gave me new knowledge of the issues in our country. These same issues are still in the news two years later, still being debated about, which is really no surprise. We are all faced with the news every day, and it usually brings us something else that we get upset, even outraged about, no matter what side of the debate we find ourselves on. To be honest, lately I’ve been shying away from listening to the news, all of that negative energy can be taxing on one’s mental state and mood. Unfortunately, that only leads to more ignorance about current happenings, and it’s definitely important to stay in the know. But when you start hearing about all the tragedies, from the Stoneman Douglas High School shooting to the fires in California, it’s very difficult not to lose all hope. My mom shared a quote with me from Mr. Rogers himself, who explained how his mother told him to “look for the helpers” in the event of a tragedy. From then on I started to do that. There is so many people who come to the aid of the needy when disaster strikes. And honestly, it restored some of my faith in humanity. Even though it sometimes seems like everything is falling to pieces, there will still always be people ready to lend a hand. This I believe!

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  10. I was always terrible at hiding however I feel outwardly, and for that people come to think that I am a intimidating person. Have you ever noticed when you are just getting to know someone you somewhat have an impression of that person’s essence? But then time goes by, and if you think about what you previously thought would it match with your current opinion of that person? According to A Conscious Rethink (Ricker), we judge people when first meeting in six ways; appearance, smile, handshake, body language, timelines and mannerisms. We all do it, weather your first date with someone and that person is late, to when you went to give someone a handshake and it was kind of awkward when approaching each other. I live by not having a idea formed of someone at first hand or at least try my best not to, this is important to me not just because it has affected me many times but mainly because of all the amazing experiences and people I could be missing on.
    My point is, we are all going into this sea of undiscovered waters that is college, meeting new people is going to be a big part of that. Be open to meet new people and experience the most out of this time in your life. Make it count and keep an open mind to different ways of thinking and try seeing things from a different point of view.

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    • Thank you for writing this. I believe this is an excellent reminder for myself personally to be open and mindful of the judgments I form before properly understanding someone. I can admit that in the past I have been reluctant to approach a group of people or someone solely based on appearance or their surroundings. This new school year, as you have said, we are meeting a lot of new people and I believe it is the best time to put aside those premature judgments.

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  11. Almost everywhere we go and with everything we do we have the ability to impact someone’s life. Sometimes, especially subconsciously, we make the choice for that impact to be a negative one rather than a positive one. Being kind to one another is such a simple and easy thing that seems to be gradually becoming less and less popular. There are many acts of kindness that we can do on a day to day basis, such as holding a door open for someone or even just smiling at someone else. Although there are certainly more acts of kindness that can be done that would have a larger impact on people, being kind to one another is almost effortless. In some cases it takes even more effort to be negative then to be positive. It seems as if the majority of our daily interactions with strangers are mostly negative. Even if we aren’t intending for our interactions to be negative we aren’t doing what we can to make them positive. There is no way to know exactly what another person might be dealing with in their life and being kind to them might make dealing with it that much easier. Simply being kind to one another is a good place to start as it could even inspire them to be kind to someone else as well. Being kind may not seem like much, but I believe there is no easier way to impact someone’s life positively then to be kind to them.

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    • I feel like being kind to to others can impact someone’s life. I fully agree that treating someone right can make them feel better, and make them feel as though they do matter even when at first they believe they don’t.

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  12. No matter what situation I believe, cheating is wrong. While thinking about cheating, it leaves me dumbfounded because if you really love a person I don’t understand how you can do something like that to them. How do you do something with another person while your loved one is in your head? Do you not think of them at all? Do you not think about what you’re doing is hurting them? Do you not think about what you’re doing is going to ruin your relationship? Cheating breaks apart the trust that is built into a relationship and it’s not something you can’t undo easily.
           It is extremely disrespectful and disgusting to me because I can’t wrap my head around the knowledge of why it happens way too frequently. I would like to think that the person just didn’t actually love them. Because how do you do something like cheat on the person you love? But I know it’s just not that simple.
            Either way, my point is that cheating is completely wrong to me and I don’t understand how anyone can do it. You make a commitment to someone and you’re supposed to keep it. I don’t care about the situation, whether the two people don’t see eye to eye, the relationship already feels over, or if they’re trying to get revenge against their spouse, it is wrong. In my eyes, it will always be wrong.

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  13. Depression is hard to explain, it’s a chemical imbalance in the brain, I just feel so much pain
    and can’t find a way to stay sane. I wish to be stuck in front of a train, or that I would drown in the rain, maybe fall out of a plane but with my luck I would live w a cane, but no doubt I would want to try again because I always feel pain, it’s a never ending chain even though there’s nothing to gain. It’s not my fault, it’s my brain, I told you it was hard to explain. Poetry has always been important to me. It is so unique yet when you read a poem that you connect to it is so reassuring to know that someone else feels the same way you do. It makes the world seem less lonely, and can bring people together in unexpected ways. Having a twin is hard, but it beats having no siblings at all. I always have someone to play with in the backyard and someone to walk with in the hall. Being a twin is everything to me. literally all I have. I never feel free. People always group us as one, sometimes i don’t mind but independence equals none. I guess it beats being blind but I wanna feel like my own person and not be called the wrong name. Before things worsen, I won’t point the blame but who cares, we’re the same. We get more fame from being twins but you know what I want? For people to stop thinking we share skin. I am a human being, not a clone. Now people are seeing, but it’s too late i’m already grown and I’ve figured it out myself, wanna know why? Cause’ it wouldn’t work out itself. I took matters into my own hands, because I have a life to live. You never know where the dice lands but now there are no fucks that I give. Writing poetry helps to get my thoughts onto paper in a way that others can understand, and relate to.

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    • I feel like you’ve accurately captured what depression can be for certain people, which can be a very difficult thing to do because it can be so much different depending on the person. You seem as though you write lovely poetry that evokes so many emotions. Good job finding an outlet that you’re good at and that helps you cope.

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  14. One defining characteristic of myself is traveling, and is therefore something I believe in greatly. Growing up, I have been to many places within the United States, but it is my trips to foreign countries that sparked my interest in traveling. For example, I have been to Mexico, Jamaica, Aruba, Turks and Caicos, Spain and many more places. Although some areas appeared to be wealthy, within each of these locations I got to experience first hand the impoverished conditions averaged people lived in. But at the same time, traveling has allowed me to give back in some way which is why it is so special to me. For instance, in Jamaica I had the opportunity to read to children in poverty-stricken schools. In other countries, we had the opportunity to help those with poor health and donate to local charities. To remember some of these special moments, I have a picture of me reading to those students hanging up in my room, and it always brightens up my day. However, the ability to give back is not the only reason why I believe in traveling. Exploring allows us to go beyond our comfort zone and entering this “unknown” world can be very rewarding in the end. You might learn that you like certain things you opposed in the past, and you can discover your interests. For example, I got to try exotic fruits and I found out that zip lining is not so scary after all. I believe in traveling because it allows us to give back to those around us and gives a better understanding of ourselves. My main career goal is to become a math teacher and who knows, maybe I will end up teaching in a foreign country one day!

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  15. Be a genuinely good person, but not to genuine because people see it as an opportunity to take advantage of you. Drink water. Eat healthy. Exercise. Set big and small goals, but strive to reach both of them; as incoming college freshman we want to party all night because life is just to short, but when reality hits, and parting no longer feels the same, it’s time to be on your grind, and focus on your goal of securing the most bag. Whatever you want to do in life, own it, speak it into existence; there will be times when giving up seems like the easiest way out, but think about it this way, you give up, you become unsuccessful (i.e. a bum), and ain’t nobody trying to be unsuccessful out here especially when life is getting tougher everyday. I find that when you think negatively, you’ll only attract negative things, so think positive. When you find that things aren’t getting easy, talk to somebody before you end up deeper into a mess. Admitting that you are struggling isn’t at all a sign of weakness. Live and love, but learn from your mistakes; granted making mistakes are not the ideal goal of life, but if you don’t make them how is it that you’re going to learn and succeed, I mean we are going to school to learn after all. Life can be simple and you can be extraordinary all at the same time you just have to find a balance between the two. This I believe that I am a person of many believes, and it’s hard to choose one topic to talk about, so do excuse my all over the place blog.

    P.S. I wrote this three days before the deadline, so don’t procrastinate like me guys!!!

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  16. “Where is Djibouti?”, he asked. As we drove home my mother couldn’t help but laugh out loud.
    “Djibouti? That’s a real place?”, my mother asked in comical disbelief. This dialogue piqued my interest. Given that my mother practically everything, it was rare for one of us to question her on a subject foreign to her.
    “It’s in East Africa.” He said with a matter of fact tone. “I learned it today in History”. History Honors, to be exact. History Honors at 11:30 a.m. with Mr. T in room 203. Of course I had it memorized. With such interesting material coming out of that 8th grade classroom, how could I not know when and where all of it came out of?
    “Ah! That’s such a funky name! Ja-booty.” Even I had to laugh at the realization that the name of the country sounded like a specific body party; a body part that all 4th graders including myself found hilarious. But he doesn’t even remember that conversation, nine years ago, on our way home from school. He doesn’t know that I’ve learned so much from him, that I’ve always striven to be like him.
    For the record, no, not all things that I gleaned from his educational experience were names of places and things that I thought were funny. He was four years ahead of me in the education system, meaning while I was learning about cross multiplication and division, he was being introduced to protons and electrons. While I was practicing quadratics and studying how many wars have occurred in Europe, he was cramming for the SATs.
    He seemed brave to me, going through the sequences of life before me. Like a knight in shining armor, he conquered school, boy scouts, swimming lessons, and even the anxieties of getting his first girlfriend. All the while relaying the information back to me and my family, allowing me some respite in the fact that if he could do it, I could too.
    While I would have struggled to admit it two to three years ago, I’m proud to say that my role model is my friend; my number one; my older brother: Victor.

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  17. I believe in fate, the idea that everything happens for a reason. There have been many scenarios in my life and I am sure in most students’ lives that have been accepted as destiny or fate. My life is nurtured and guided by spiritual fate as part of my parent’s religious belief and their traditional teaching of what is right and wrong. I have learned to believe that sometimes helping strangers could lead to “good luck” or the results of that help could be due to fate.
    History has shown how people have used fate as a reason to explain things that were not obvious. For example, in Romeo and Juliet, the novel shows us the way “fate” led to unite two warring families through the death of their children. Within history, the most horrific catastrophes have created some of the most beautiful landmarks. Like, The grand canyon that is carried by river erosion yet there is an eye appealing attraction for individuals to see. The Colorado river erodes and deepens the canyon which has oddly made it one of the most famous tourist attractions in America. From boring plateau to attractive sandstone layers. How could it not be fate that disaster becomes beauty. This shows how fate can be visibly different in various ways.
    I have a plan for my life. I am inclined to believe that that plan is based on my fate. Somehow, I believe that fate has in a way directed my plans. For instance, I had the opportunities to go into different career fields. For example, I love children and have been babysitting for some neighbors and family members and wanted to help nurture and teach children. But, fate, had a hand in changing my focus. During my sophomore year in highschool my father had a heart problem. Thankfully, he survived. That experience left a trauma in my family. In addition, my mother also had health issues. In the presence of these family health problems and thinking of how to help others deal with what I went through, my passion for health sciences was strengthened. I believe what happened to my parents are a sort of fate that is driving my passion at this time. It was fate in that there’s a plan for my family and I. My parents personally feel that what happened to them both was a calling at their age in that they should “slow down” or appreciate what’s right in front of them. As for me, I’ve learned that there’s a path for us all and it doesn’t matter what turn you take as long as you have a little fate.

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    • Fate definitely exist. The Grand Canyon becoming a well known attraction in America is a great and powerful point you made, I love how you used this to further your point about fate being involved with this. You are such a strong person for going through that experience with your parents and having that experience create such an impact for your future in health sciences. I wish you and your family all the best. I hope fate has good things in store for you.

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  18. Everyone wishes to live a happy and fulfilling life. I believe that no matter what you’re going through, there is always happiness and positivity that can be manifested. I believe that when you think negative thoughts, you attract negativity into your life. However, the same thing goes for positivity – think positive thoughts and you will have positive outcomes. Last year I was struggling mentally. I wasn’t in a good place – constantly sad, as I was dealing with my own personal issues, and feeling very anxious. My constant sadness regarding my situation turned into anger after a while, and all I could think was, “Why me?”. I was feeling sorry for myself, which isn’t bad to do all the time, but it definitely doesn’t help in the end. Sure, my problems were hard to deal with at the time, but there are some things you must live with and realize that you’re strong enough to get through. First, you have to realize it’s all about your mindset. After a while, I decided to stop sulking about my life and create my own happiness. We all have our bad days, weeks, and even months, but that doesn’t make it a bad life. I know this all sounds cliche, but you only have one life to live, and you don’t know when your time here is going to end, so why not make the best of it. Know that whatever you have going on will eventually get better, and think positively about every single thing, even if you feel like you have no reason to. Lastly, just enjoy life and take time to make it better. Watch the sunset, look at the stars, and go to the beach more often. Make time to relax and experience all of the things that make life worth living, then let the happiness come to you.

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  19. Growing up with a single parent in one of the most diverse, poorest, gang inflicted and exciting cities in Nigeria, Lagos and Ibadan, my Family always had a goal to never give up and be a hard worker. I remember days my mom woke up early in the morning to go to work in order to feed a family of two boys and also finds the time to wake us up in the middle of the night to study for an upcoming test in school. Growing up with difficulties is hard but for my mom, she made it obviously clear to myself and my brother that that should not be the reason we give up on life or the reason we turn out bad because after all, we should be thankful that our situation is not worse than what it is.
    I had a lot of problems growing up single parented, I have days I wished things were better. Guidance from people like my mom, brother helped through it all. Now I graduated high school and I am going to college on my own with no close-up guidance whatsoever. In life there is no giving up, bad things happen as good things happen, you must have something you believe in maybe in God or maybe in a quote etc. Believe in yourself, never give up and be a hard worker and set a habit to have no excuses for whatever happens but have solutions and goals to make it better.

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  20. “Holding on is believing that there is only a past, letting go is knowing that there is a future” – Daphne Rose Kingma
    I believe it is a courageous thing, letting go. It’s scary and perhaps a little painful when the past is all you have ever known, but it’s beautiful. There’s this rush of relief that follows. You feel lighter, almost like a balloon that’s ready to float away because, finally, you are free. There are no more ‘what ifs’ or dwelling on the way things should have happened or the way things could have been, the way things could be if you just hold on. If you just hold onto the memories, maybe they’ll come back, maybe things will be different, maybe…
    Now, don’t get me wrong, the past can be a beautiful thing; all the smiles, all the laughs, all the love, all that is good to hold onto. But I’m talking about the emotional baggage that keeps you up at night, the damage you harbor deep inside, the things that drag you down and prevent you from moving forward. It’s quite a deadly thing, as you remain still dwelling on what should have been, the world passes you by and you lose sight of what truly matters.
    Taken from personal experience: letting go means no more crying on the bathroom floor convinced you aren’t good enough, it means moving on with your life and proving people wrong. It’s like a fog has been lifted and your eyes see all the new possibilities. You’ll look back and say “I can’t believe I thought this was the best it could get”.
    So breathe and let go.

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  21. Even before my first tear hits the ground, my mother is there to wipe it away. My mother feels my pain before I can even realize it. She understands my needs before I can even think of them. My mother has been an extraordinary influence on my life and always will be. She’s the kind of person who has thoughtful discussions about which artist she would most want to have her portrait painted by, the kind of mother who always has time for her three children, and the mom who would never let her hardships in her life distress her kids. My mother has always been a very strong role model to me, and growing up with someone like her to look up to has changed my life in many ways.
    It took me eighteen years to realize what an extraordinary influence my mother has been on my life. Growing up with such a strong role model, I developed many of her enthusiasms. I not only came to love the excitement of learning simply for the sake of knowing something new, but I also came to understand the idea of giving back to the community in exchange for a new sense of life, love, and spirit.
    My mom is a unique woman. She is quite short, yet she’s full of energy. She has black hair cropped down to her shoulders and has golden streaks running through them. She has big dark brown eyes which open, to discover the wonders of the world. “Time changes people,” she always says. No matter what people say to her, she doesn’t let it affect her. She has enriched my life with her passion for learning, and changed it with her devotion to humanity. In her endless love of everything and everyone she is touched by, I have seen a hope and life that is truly exceptional.

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  22. According to introvertdear.com, an introvert is “someone who prefers calm, minimally stimulating environments”, usually “[feels] drained after socializing and [regains] their energy by spending time alone.” Based off of this definition and many moments in my life, I can doubtlessly say that I identify as an introvert. Since I can remember, I have always been timid and nervous to meet and/ or surround myself with people that I do not know. In group settings, I tend to remain quiet and awkwardly sit around the one friend I feel most comfortable being with. When not in social settings, I sometimes try to avoid them. There have been one or two (or twenty) times in my life when I have made excuses to not go out to enjoy the company of others and, instead, stay in to enjoy my own company. I wouldn’t refer to myself as someone who is anti-social, but rather as someone who does not mind and likes to be alone. I believe being alone is important. Isolation from those around you and the outer world from time to time is an essential part of learning more about yourself and growing as a person. Being alone with your thoughts can allow you to only focus on things important to you, making you more self-aware. Being alone means not having to worry about anything else except yourself. I feel that allowing myself to be alone often has taught me to become mindful of the type of music I really like, how I want to make an impact in the world, what I think about current events, and, overall, who I am as a person without having anyone else’s input to affect my thoughts. While I do greatly appreciate the time I spend with my friends and family, I also greatly appreciate the time I spend by myself. I believe being alone is important, not only for introverts, like myself, but for everyone who needs or wants to spend some time taking care of themselves.

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  23. Just recently I spent some time in Kenya and Tanzania and that was an experience that I will never forget because it showed me the importance of opportunity. Here in the U.S., the society we live is quite lenient on expectations. I used to surround myself with people who chose not to work or continue their education whether it was in high school or college. Personally I don’t exactly care that people made the choice to drop out; my only dilemma, is that they don’t understand that if we want to obtain a job that has good payment and be set for retirement, we have to get a college degree. In Africa I spoke with people of various aspirations but can’t continue their education in order to get to their goal in life because money is always an issue; the people I spoke with in both Kenya and Tanzania are fighting to get an opportunity that can benefit their lives while people in the U.S. choose not to take them. So, my hope for myself and for everyone else at UMass Dartmouth, is that we understand that we are continuing our education for a reason and that we’re lucky enough to strive for our aspirations. Also, I wish that all of us will be able to encourage each-other to take on more opportunities so that we move closer towards living a life that will benefit us financially and personally.

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  24. “ Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see”- Mark Twain. In today’s society, we focus a considerable amount of time on the racial injustices and inequalities oppressed on people of color around the world. Kindness and race have always had an ongoing struggling relationship in the past and as of present day. There has been pain, regret, and also over all dark days where kindness has been absent. We as a people forget what power there is in just being kind to one another. Kindness is something that comes free and without monumental efforts. It’s not only being kind to people that you think matter, its being kind to everyone that makes all the difference. Where I am from, I was taught to say good morning to people, even if I did not know that person. I would take car rides with my father to the store, and as we walked through aisles he would say good morning and nouge my confused body to say it too, and we got some pleasant replies. It’s the morning time, some people didn’t have their coffee yet, this one lady stared back with a rude faces as my father said good morning and walked away. I had enough and stopped and said “ Daddy do you know those people?” he replied “No”. I said “So why we talking to strangers?”. He looked down at me and said “because you should always be kind to your neighbors”. I was also taught the small act of kindness I exerted throughout my day could potentially turn someone’s day around, and have a pleasant day. I personally feel good in return to these actions, making someone smile is like obtain a rewarding warmness in my heart.

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  25. I believe that a role model is someone who has inspired you to be the best person you can be. A role model should not only encourage you but challenge you to do more than you could imagine. My role model is the man who taught me everything I know. My father led me down the path to the man I am today. He taught me to work hard and never give up. He let me work with him on everything from cars to buildings. He taught me to always put my loved ones first. That the best reward in life is to do something that makes friends and family happy. He taught me to protect anyone who needs it and that action makes a difference. Its because of my dad that I would always stand up to bullies and tried to be there for anyone in need. He made sure I would never be in a situation I couldn’t handle. My father has challenged me to do more than I thought I could. Everything I’ve done, from riding a bike to now chasing higher education my father would always give me that push to try. He is the reason I never give up and never back down. I know it is cliché but its true. He is the reason I try to be the best I can be, and the reason I am not afraid to fail. He had once told me that it is better to fail then to not try, because the greatest regret in life is what if.

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  26. The twelfth of July 2005 I had learned a self defining lesson the importance of embracing change. I had gotten accustomed and almost obsessed with my routine and life in Haiti because it was a perfect world in my eyes, I’d wake up drink chocolate milk with my breakfast and either go to school or play all day depending on the day. But my parents were afraid that living in a country like this isn’t suitable for their child when the rest of the world is moving at such a breakneck pace while Haiti still lags behind. In order to provide the very best for their son they had to embrace one of the biggest changes people can go through, immigration. Before that day my mother and I had been to America many times to visit family but July twelfth was different in that most of my friends and family I would seldom see in the future and for many of them I had said my final goodbyes. When the realization settled in that I was going to stay in the USA forever I did not take it with open arms, the fact that I had to learn a new language and make new friends was difficult for me to accept but later on I did see that i benefited immensely from my move. Major changes can be extremely difficult on a person, it may leave them with a feeling of hopelessness as it did to me so many years ago. But if people learn to open their minds to change and realize that a change of pace could probably benefit them they can see that sometimes it’s for the better.

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  27. I believe role models are those you take parts of their actions and personalities from. They help shape you on a day to day basis and I believe that it could be more than one person. In my life i think that’s where is stand because my family are my role models. I was the youngest of four kids and my brother and sisters as well as my parents helped me become the person I am today. I spent so much time around my family that I started to pick up some of their mannerisms. Through their experiences in life, I found out what wrong and what’s right and the right path to go through in life. I believe family are the best role models to have in life because they have the closest connection to you and they know you better than those celebrities you end up look up to. Fortunately, I’ve had my share of good and bad role models and the best part is that these bad role models taught me to be better because of the situations they went through. All those we call our valued role models are an extension of who we are, and I think we must decide who we want to be like and learn the good and bad from them to in turn to be our best selves. Through my own role models, I learned to be a great one for whoever decides to choose me to be their role model.

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  28. I have always been grateful for the fact that the greatest role model I have in my life is my father. Most of my beliefs and my work ethic are derived directly, positively for the most part, from the example of my father. My dad uprooted his life at the age of 25 to seek out a better future and greater opportunities, to advance himself in the world and rise above the poor circumstances he had been born into. My father grew up in a working-class family in Ireland during the 60’s and 70’s, one of five brothers, so what little his family had was shared among 7 people. Nevertheless, my father began working right out of high school, trying his best to make the most of his opportunities in Ireland. Finally, after years of working, my dad was presented an opportunity to move to America, and he seized it, bringing with him only a sleeping bag, a record and $200. That courage and belief in himself, the belief that he could come to another country and work to create opportunity and prosperity from his own will power is something I strive to replicate in my life every day. My father has always told me that life is all about give and take, that what you get out of life is what you put in, and I can see that the success my father has had in his life has been because of the risks he has taken and the perseverance he has shown, and that is what makes him my greatest role model.

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  29. I believe in mental health. Mental health is just as important as physical health, but it is often neglected and viewed as taboo by society. For someone to be physically healthy they must also be mentally healthy. My whole life I never really payed attention to mental health and only focused on the physical aspect. One seemingly normal afternoon changed my views completely. I arrived home from school to see my mother panicking on the phone, rushing to grab her key from the counter. As the door shut behind her, all I heard was “Manny’s in the hospital!” After hearing those dreadful words, my mind went reeling, thinking of all the ways he could have possibly hurt himself. Did he break an arm, a leg, a rib? Late that night my mom came back home distraught. Manny didn’t break a bone but instead he was diagnosed with ADHD. A mix of emotions overcame me, I was relieved he hadn’t broken a bone, but disappointed. Disappointed in myself that as his big sister I wasn’t able to help , and even worse I had no clue. He is a bright boy, although distracted easily and anger problems far too large for his age. Manny’s hospitalization was over a year ago, and his anger, mood, and attitude have improved a tremendous amount. I believe awareness of mental health is important. Now that I am aware of it I would like to spread awareness and make the topic less taboo and more openly discussed.

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  30. I believe in second chances…
    Many times, you meet someone you do not like at first, but you later become friends with them, because you realized the initial vibe you got from them was totally off. I believe when life hands you the same situation more than one time, it is giving you the opportunity to make it perfect. Second chances really are a gift, and everyone deserves them. Let’s be honest, we have all made mistakes. Whether we were acting on impulse, being peer pressured, or on an adrenaline high. At some point or another we all know how it feels to mess up. But people do change, they end up realizing their wrong’s, and believe it or not sometimes things make more sense the second time around. Sometimes you just have to take a step back from the situation at hand and put yourself in the other person’s shoes. Ask yourself why they have done the things they have done? If the tables were turned, and you were in the position they were in, would you want a second chance? If someone you love and care about has messed up in any way, you don’t want to remember them for their mistakes, when their no longer around to fix them. Forgive them, help them work on their flaws, and move forward. You don’t have to completely forget what they did but give them a chance to change their ways and turn things around. Give them a second chance.

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    • I can relate to this a lot. In middle school there was this kid i couldn’t stand and we would be at each others throats, but then we ended up going to the same high school and now we are friends. But sometimes people just make it hard for the second. No matter what you do or how many chances you give them, they find a way to fall into old patterns and ruin things again.

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  31. Humans’ have always been trying to put the mystery of life together. These mystery can be categorized by, either Scientific Hypothesis or Religious Beliefs. Scientist believe that at some point in the cosmos, two small molecules collided against each other and produced a massive chain reaction that created our Sun. Then more particles and derby began to collide and form our solar system, what then became our planet, and then us. Then, from a tiny spec came life. But of course as a Catholic such things are lies. One man is responsible for the creation of this planet, a higher being that is all knowing and mighty. So for me it felt as though my perspective was limited. Was I supposed to choose one of the other? I chose neither, and decided to focus on life and what it stands for. I began to believe that the world is what you make it and only you can choose what path you take.
    I don’t know when it began but I became obsessed with death. As I began to worry about what would happen if I died. As I began to defect from any religion I began to ponder what would happen after death. Not just what would happen but when, how, and where. Everyone I went I can picture multiple ways a person could die. My biggest fear formed, seeing the people I love die before me. Now I live my life enjoying and protecting what matters most to me.

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  32. This past year I have realized that the amount of work you put into something is the amount you will get out of it. An example could be your lawn. If you want to have that perfectly green thick grass, then you have to put hard work into it. You have to constantly water it, keep it fertilized, and cut it the same height once or twice a week. I have worked at a landscaping company for the past three years and if there is one thing I have learned from it, it is that you will not get what you want without putting in the right amount of time and effort. If you want that amazing lawn, you put in the time to take care of it. If you put time into something, you won’t only get that great lawn you want, but you will also get satisfaction in the fact that you succeeded. I experienced this for myself. I put in hard work and dedication to doing the best I could. I took pride in my work and constantly looked for areas I could improve. As a result, I was able to demonstrate qualities of responsibility and focus. My boss recognized my efforts and gave me a promotion to crew leader. Without hard work and dedication I would not have received this promotion. If you want a better lifestyle, you work for it. If you want good grades in school, you work for it. What you put into something is what you get out of it.

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  33. The universe was created long ago this is true, but what is the real explanation of it’s creation? Many believe in the science behind the universe but others believe in religious figures creating the universe. To this I say that everyone has the right to their opinion and I believe that everyone should be able to voice their opinions without being ridiculed by another who does not believe the same. To me there is no wrong explanation in which the world was created at least not yet, without proper evidence there is no real explanation. We were taught from a young age that evidence is necessary to prove a point, especially in any field of science. It’s like an investigation where every suspect is innocent until proven guilty. Without proper evidence none of the suspects can be convicted of the crime, in the same way you can’t say that the universe was created a certain way without evidence. So the point I’m trying to make is that everyone has the right to voice there opinion and they should also listen to the other side of the argument. It’s not a matter of who is right or wrong it is the fact that with proper evidence a case is solved.

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  34. As most people know life isn’t easy as it seems, there’s times where you will struggle and times where you feel like giving up. Growing up wasn’t easy for me, I lived in a country with very little opportunity, a country where you finished high school and still have trouble finding jobs. My parents hustled every day to make sure there were food on the table, and clothes for me and my brother to wear. My parents educated me to be happy, not rich, so when I’m older I’ll know the value of things not the price. They are my motivations, they have taught me that if you keep pushing forward no matter how many times life knocks you out, you can achieve anything you want! We moved to this country for a better life, and we still fighting for it. I dreamed of living in a big home, having my own office, traveling the world, and a bright future someday. Therefore, I will not let where I came from define my future, I am living now in country with so many opportunities, and I will take advantage of that to pursue a better future for myself and my parents. It doesn’t matter how long it takes or which way I do it, I will keep hustling without giving up. My parents are always there for me supporting my dreams, I will not disappoint them, I know one day I will be able to look in their eyes and tell them ‘’I made it’’, and all that struggles are finally over!

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  35. Dictionary.com defines the word role model as “a person looked to by others as an example to be imitated”. I believe that having a role model is very important. Once a person hits around the age of 18 they typically are given the freedom of making their own choices. Most decisions you make in your life are influenced by someone else. These choices can range from something as simple as picking your outfit for the day to something that will drastically impact your life such as deciding to invest in a college. I believe that the important choices in someone’s life should be influenced by a role model. Personally I have role models that I always ask for their advice for important decisions. One of my role models is a former teacher of mine from high school. He is the reason why I am attending UMass Dartmouth; if it weren’t for him i wouldn’t have applied. He always believed in me. He knew from the start that I had what it takes to walk across the stage and be handed a diploma. He doesn’t want me to stop there as he knows I can do it again at the college level too. He has believed in me, not because he has to, but because he wants to. You should always have someone to rely on. Someone who can direct you in the right path and will always believe in you. It is a crazy world out there, and no one should be alone. Everybody should have someone they look up to and can ask for some advice. Withouts my role models I wouldn’t be where I am today.

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    • I loved the seamless transition into your topic, it was very well done. I truly believe that people you look up to can have the most profound impact on your life. It always important to surround yourself with positive forces. People who push you to achieve your full potential are crucial for success.

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  36. I believe you haven’t truly lived your life until you’ve made a difference in someone else’s life. I’ve always known I want to help people and make an impact, but I never really knew how I’d do that until about 3 years ago. In 2015, my best friend went into cardiac arrest and was told she needed a heart transplant immediately. There were no warning signs, no clues as to why she was suddenly so sick after seeming so healthy just days after her sixteenth birthday. She thankfully received a heart transplant in September 2015. Everyone thought that was the end of her battle, until she faced even more struggles no one deserves to face, especially her. She spent so much time in the hospital due to these illnesses, and visiting her made me realize how I was going to help people. Seeing how much the nurses impacted her stay at the hospital, made every experience as positive as possible, and how much they truly cared for her made me want to become a nurse. I love my best friend, and this experience made me realize that I want to be the nurse that came to work everyday with a caring heart and made someone else’s best friend smile and feel better during a hard time in their life. My best friend is thankfully here and getting better everyday, and I only hope that I can be part of someone else’s journey like my best friend’s nurses were. My best friend is my role model, her strength and positivity through every obstacle she’s faced amaze me. She is the most caring and loving person I have ever met, and I hope I can be as caring and loving as she is when I’m a nurse.

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  37. Nathaniel Boardman
    8-3-18

    I believe that the news is abusing their power to control the mindset of American citizens. When Donald Trump won the election CNN, a pro Democratic news agency, released articles on why President Elect Trump should not be sworn into office. Pro Democratic news agencies like CNN released articles about why Trump should not be president and they released “grey area” material on his family, his company and the Republicans. In my opinion this isn’t relevant news, it’s material to get the American people up in arms. To balance my opinion I acknowledge Fox news, a pro Republican and pro Trump broadcast, has only released positive news about about President Trump and the Republican party. If a Democrat won the presidential election Fox news would be trying to get America to go against that President and would be doing the same as CNN.

    The news takes mainstream stories and put a biased spin on them depending on the side they stand. For example the right to own a gun debate has a strong bipolar stance. When a shooting occurs the anti guns side posts articles about banning firearms, trying to strip away the American people’s second amendment. As a pro gun supporter I acknowledge tragic shootings happen. However, there are shootings every day across the United States. Most are with pistols not rifles but when a shooting with an AR 15 happens anti guns proponents become very vocal. The news stations will manipulate the story of a a shooting to fit their audience. As a Republican, I support the right to bear arms. However, depending on the party you support and the news station you’re watching the same shooting event gets described in very different ways.

    The intent of the news was to give reporters the ability and right to present the truth. Acting as watch dogs to make sure the government isn’t doing anything inhumane and wrong. Unfortunately it has deteriorated a bipolar representation feeding tainted opinions instead of facts to the American public.

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  38. I believe that having someone to look up to is something that many people need in life. Role models are not only someone that you want to emulate but someone that you can learn from, learning what traits you don’t wanna take and forming your own personality from them taking the best from them and leaving behind the less desirable. My role model from very young has always been my mother. As I have grown up I have come to appreciate many of my moms strongest traits but also have come to loth some of them as well. I have seen my mother in the best and the worst of times and seen the traits that have brought her down as well as built her up. My mother is one of the strongest and most driven people that I have ever had the opportunity to interact with. Her drive to reach every goal that she had set for herself while perseverance through the struggles of sexist prejudges in her field of work is something that astonishes me. In recent years though I have seen my mother battle through some of her toughest times and it has brought out some of the worst in her. She has battled with mental illness for many decades and it seems as though she has given up on the battle, seemingly throwing in the towel on herself. She has shown me that drive and strength can cause you to attain anything that you wish but that you must stain that drive and strength even when the going gets tough and that there will be light at the end of the tunnel no matter what happens.

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  39. In navigating my way through high school, there were times when I simply didn’t know what to do or how to do it. This sometimes happened with school work, performances with my dance team, and other parts of my personal life. During these times I was very fortunate to have solid role models around me that I could look to for guidance. Sometimes this would come in the form of them giving me advice, but most of the time it was just a matter of me seeing how they made it through difficult times. There wasn’t just a single role model in my life, but instead there was a combination of family members, teachers, and dance instructors. Growing up, dance was always an important part of my life and I always found it helpful to see how the older kids did things. Each year I did start to notice that there were fewer and fewer role models for me to look up to personally. It was at that point that I realized that I was now becoming the role model for all of the young students coming in to the dance studio. No one ever asked me to do this, or said that I had to, but it just naturally had happened over time. I found this to be extremely rewarding because I remember how helpful the older students were when I first started. As I now am starting college I realize that none of us get through life alone, and that finding the right role models will help me find success. As I move through college I hope that in a few years I can become a good role model for incoming students.

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  40. Ever since I was a little girl, I’ve always looked up to my mother. I always think about how strong she was and is to raise me and my sisters all alone. Growing up In Cape Verde my mother did not have to work because my grandmother always sent us money, clothes and more from the USA. It was not until 2008 that we came to America that I realized how hard of a working women my mom was and started to appreciate her even more. She would wake up sometimes at 4 in the morning to go to work and I would notice how tired she would be. One thing I have always loved about my mother is no matter how tired she is, she is never too tired to spend time with me and my sisters. Every night when she sent me to bed she would kiss me and say “I love you”. The same thing when she woke me up to get ready for school. Me and my sisters would always ask for the new shoes, clothes, toy and so much more and of course she would complain that were asking for too much but she made a way. She always makes a way. As I got older and got more mature and got more responsible I started to tell my mom how she is never not appreciated or the things she does for us never goes unnoticed. I work hard everyday so I can show her how good of a parent she was still is for me and my sisters, I work hard so her dream of my future being nothing less of a bright one will become reality. I always say ” If I so much become half the women my mother is than I know I did something right in my life”.

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  41. Cultural appropriation is taking elements from a minority culture when you are from a more dominant culture or lack of knowledge on where it came from when using it. It’s funny to me is that she asked us , the white girl asked us if she should get box braids as if we were the spokespeople of all african americans. Just because you ask a group of black girls for permission doesn’t then make it okay. In what world do me and my black friends speak for all black people? No world, that’s the answer, because even if we were ignorant enough to say “totally, get box braids it’s just a hairstyle!”, you would still get looked at by woke african americans like you were crazy. So, we obviously told her it wasn’t a good idea especially if she didn’t even know the correct name for them. Well obviously she got them anyways because she didn’t care about what we had to say. I wonder, when she asked us, was it just her giving us a warning that she would get them anyways? Now , you can only imagine the look on our faces when scrolling down our facebook pages and seeing her “box braids” a week later, I put that in quotations because they looked nothing like they should have. I mean if you’re going to appropriate something, the least you could do is make it look good. Could we even be mad? Would we have said yes if she knew what they were called, the origin, and went to a professional to get them done? Of course we said something to her about it, she argued that it was her hair and she could do what she wanted with it, which she wasn’t wrong about. The problem was that when black people get braids or dreads, we get called ghetto, we get told we are unprofessional, and some even get denied jobs because of their hair and the way they look. When white girls get braids they are somehow trendy , but when did stealing become a trend? For all we know she knew all of this because if she didn’t she wouldn’t have cared enough to ask for permission, but she just didn’t care. So until you understand that, the answer to your question is and will continue to be, no.

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  42. The more I learn the more I realize how much I don’t know. This prompt was one that seemed easy, a brief two-hundred fifty word essay, but when it comes to actually sitting down and writing it, I am completely stumped. The ripe age of 18, ready to embark on my journey to adulthood. Yet here I sit, asking myself, “What do I believe in?” And quite frankly, I don’t know.
    And once again, I don’t know. I don’t know if I’ll ever find what I truly believe in. I don’t know if it is possible to truly believe something at such an inexperienced age. I don’t know if when I do find what I believe in, whether it’ll be right, or whether it will be wrong. But I do know that at some point, tomorrow, or in the next life, I will be one step closer to finding out what I, Stephen Ovalles, truly believe in.

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  43. I believe in hard work, becoming someone in this world and making it against all odds. Coming to this country I had the American Dream in my head. America, the place of stars and wealth. I believed that coming here lead me to all of wildest dreams and fantasies of one day becoming someone great. I didn’t back down from the challenge though, I worked hard and put my best foot forward. Endless days of work and trying my best to adapt to this new land. It all hit me one day though, the American dream seemed to be a lie, something Americans would say so people would love their country. But how could become great in this world if it’s all a lie? No, it’s no longer about the American dream, it’s about me. I don’t wanna follow the American dream, I wanna follow mine. I wanna be happy with my life and I wanna do what I believe in. Hard work and happiness. After my first job in this country I learned a lot. I work in a hospital as a dietary, my experience with the patients changed my life a lot. They brought out the true my, they taught me when a door closes a new one opens. Immigrants who haven’t been here thinks that everything is easy to get, but actually it’s not. All those tv shows, news and more lie to them about this country. It’s way different from what they are thinking. Before I came to America I was so happy because I knew that I’m going to change my life and my family’s, I lost my trust but I know one day I’ll get if back and follow my dreams and promises. This I believe, Americans dreams aren’t lying you just have to follow it to trust.

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  44. Jillian Page
    Throughout the world communication is arguably the most valuable ideal. Communication is a process of imparting or transferring thoughts from one entity to another either through language, writing or some other signs (Wrench, McCroskey and Richmond, 2008). It allows individuals to work together, share interests, and support one another. In order for any relationship to be successful, both sides need to be able to communicate well. Communication that is effective is based on how we talk, and respond as well as body language. In most cases people do not pay attention to their own facial expressions because they are focused on their words. For example, if someone were to be apologizing for something they did, most of what they were saying wouldn’t matter because their words do not align with their expressions. Often the signals that individuals send are not those that are intended, and because of this trust is lost.
    In today’s day in age most people don’t know how to communicate face to face. This is due to the technology given today such as texting, snapchat, instagram etc. However it is important to be able to communicate face to face with another person. Whether it be with a relative, teacher, boyfriend/girlfriend, or for an interview/job. However words do have the capability to impact others positively and negatively. Sometimes they impact others more than we think. According to a study “ emotional distress is felt more deeply. And most of this distress is caused by what we say to each other.” (Yodiz 2016). I believe communication is very important when it comes to relationships and jobs, and how we execute it.

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  45. I believe that everything happens for a reason and we learn lessons because of this. Sometimes, we might not see the reason immediately but later in life we might look back and say, “I’ve dealt with this before, this time should be easier.” Not only for helpful reasons and gaining experience, but this can apply to people who have come into your life. Everyone can teach you something whether it’s verbally or by their actions. The people we surround ourselves with (or the people in our life) are here for a reason. Sometimes we never will realize what they have taught us, but these people and these experiences shape who we are.
    One of the biggest lessons I’ve learned in life is things change and sometimes we don’t understand why things happen, but we may soon realize that it wasn’t as bad as it seemed. For example, I moved to Massachusetts when I was 9. I had gone to school in Florida from preschool to third grade at a private school and had all the same friends. I thought I was going to be friends with them forever. Then my grandmother got sick and we moved very abruptly. I didn’t want to, but I knew it was for a good reason. I still didn’t understand. Sometimes you can know the reason but not understand it. I thought I’d never find friends like them again but that wasn’t true. I became friends with some people that I am still friends with today, almost 8 years later.

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  46. In today’s society, everyone is trying to blend in and follow the crowd. People will go along with almost anything as long as they are excepted by their peers and people around them. This should not the way society works. In order for it change two things must occur. One, people must develop the courage to be their own person. Two, society must recognize that no two are the same. Not allowing someone to be who they truly are can lead to depression. Which worsens the look of our society and the look of our marks as human beings. Allowing someone to be who they are should be an elementary right. That right should not have to be earned, it is a given. Do not be embarrassed of who you are, embrace yourself and if you are able to do that you will be able to express yourself.

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  47. As a young child I noticed that many of my friends would often go to family parties or dinners. Though simple, I envied how big their families were and how much it sounded like they cared for one another. In comparison, my own family is spread apart, and those who are close in miles still remain distant. Though I do have a surplus of family members, I am not even acquainted with more than five percent of them. Growing up, I always had wanted a large family that got together just to share laughs and memories in a genuine good time. Often times I would reside at friend’s homes, which I now realize was to try and gain the sense of family they spoke of. I realize that this is not what I needed, and what I needed was my own family. Though my friends did have large family parties often with every grandparent and child and everyone in between in attendance, it was not the same sense of togetherness for me as a personal relationship would be. I take what I have learned from this in hopes to maintain a large and loving family in the future and work on building my current one. I believe in the sense of building people up and coming together in hopes for everyone to be happy. I crave the friendships that feel like family and my own family that hangs out together like friends.

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  48. “So have you figured out what you want to be yet?”, i’ve probably been asked this question over a million times. When people would ask me this question I used to give them what they wanted to hear you know, Doctor, dentist, engineer, ext. As a child with two parents from a third world country, one parent who did not finish high school, and one who didn’t finish community college, I did not have a lot of people to look up to as a role model. My relationship with my father has always been rocky because I have not been able escape the shadow of my sister who was able to excel in everything she does. In high school I used to struggle to find motivation to continue to work hard because of my poor grades. One day my dean Mr Diamond, a man who would soon become my future role model, saw me struggling and took the time to talk to me. He told me that I was a very bright kid that if I worked hard my efforts would be rewarded. Although I refused to believe him at first after a great discussion he was able to get me to understand That instead of losing faith and giving up I should look to help others in the same predicament as me in any way I know how. This led to me discovering That I wanted to pursue a Career in psychology, graduating high school, and going off to college in the fall.

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  49. I never expected to be a role model for so many young kids. I’m Christian so a lot of the younger kids look up to me and see me as this wise man when I’m the complete opposite. A few months ago, a friend from church told me that the same way people look up to him for advice, is the same way they will look up to me for advice. Honestly, I didn’t think nothing of it until some drama happen in the church and they came to ask me for advice. While I’m over here helping them with their problems I’m at the other end trying to solve my own problems. Anyway, I gave them some advice, it wasn’t the best advice, but it was something and they did it. I’m a jokester so usually when I speak I be telling joke. So, when I gave them the advice I was joking, and I didn’t expect them to do it. Then the advises started coming in more often then I realize anything I say to help them they will take and use it, but then I notice that all my advice must be good, but what if I give them terrible advice and put them in an even worse situation. I stressed out a little bit but then I didn’t care. The funny thing is that I never asked for this it just happened. I went to my friend and he told me to just accept it whether I like it or not. In all honesty I’m not the best role model I don’t even think I’m a good one but it not that bad being a role model and I believe I can be a good role model.

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  50. Although there have been many beliefs and ideas that I have challenged and thought about there is one that comes to mind primarily. Are we alone in the universe? Can Earth really be the only planet that contains living organisms? This specific belief is argued around the world and captivated many people such as myself. There are multiple ideas about this argument. For some reason I cannot imagine that Earth is alone. There are billions, if not trillions, of planets that even our highest powered telescopes can’t see. Our universe is too big to think that just one planet holds life. Whether the life may be plants or even another organism, I believe that there has to be something else out there. Sightings of unidentified objects in our atmosphere and in space have had a huge impact on why I believe that there is other life. When it comes to sightings I would think that the people who said it were just crazy. However some of these people were actually in the military. They have describe objects moving in an assortment of ways and claim it was like nothing that they have seen before. Along with military sightings even former workers within Area 51 have been left speechless at some sightings. In our world some of the ways that UFOS are explained with quick speed and hovering and disappearing, we do not have the technology to do so. I believe if we had such technology, our military would be using it as we speak.

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  51. I still remember it today, in the back seat of the sudan, driving past the Rapoza’s Farm on Main Road, watching the neighbor’s dog’s run after the car when we pulled in. The sweet smell of his freshly brewed herb tea and the freshly baked biscoitos made my mouth salivate as I entered the house. We began our afternoon together with lunch and talked about my day at school and life overall, even though there was not much to life at 5 years old. Later in the afternoon we started our adventure into the woods. This was the day we just kept walking with no destination in mind. We ended up finding a very remote road and conveniently enough, a stray bench just waiting for us to sit on, as we did. Not long after, we trekked back to the cozy house.
    My Avô has been my best friend ever since I was very young. Growing up I was always with him, due to both of my parents working. After school he picked me up every day and brought me to his house. Some days were spent watching the Portuguese channel on the television. I had no idea what it meant, but my Avô would help me understand. Other days we gallivanted through the woods looking for unique finds. We discovered anything from rusty old horseshoes and pistols, to bones and feathers. Back then there was nothing I enjoyed more than being with him; he made me the happiest I have ever been.
    Through his example and kindness, my Avô truly has shaped me into the person I am today. I can’t remember my Avô ever being in a bad mood and that has instilled in me the ability to be truly grateful for the many blessings I enjoy in my life and happy to be alive. With my Avo’s influence, I began living life to the fullest appreciating even the most insignificant things. He has shown me how to be humble through his care of the people around him and joy from something as small as a dove sitting on the telephone lines. His undying love for everything, everyone, and life has shown me that one can find beauty in everything and that people should always be compassionate. If it were not for these times when I was younger with my Avô, I would not be the person I am now.
    Since then, my Avô has been diagnosed with depression and it has affected my life tremendously. It is now me that has to do the caring and listening so he can continue to live a fulfilled and happy life. Everyday he fights and it has inspired everything I have accomplished in my most recent years. Him showing that he can still love and be happy even with depression has driven me to be a leader within my community and school and too spread positivity whilst doing it. If it was not for him I would not have become the captain of two Varsity sports and VP of the Westport High School DECA chapter so I can share the life lessons and values he shared with me. My Avô has taught me to value everything I have close to me because you never know how it may change, to work on bettering myself as a person and doing everything I can do to make the environment around me a happier place. My best friend is the reason I have been shaped into the friend, brother, son, and leader I am today.

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    • I love the positivity he was able to teach you. I think the world needs more people with such a unique and positive outlook. Keep Leading! Love the stories!

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    • I believe with hard work anything is possible and achievable. In life you will meet a lot of obstacles and hardship on your journey to success however if a person is willing to stay in it and fight then you will come out as something greater. There has been plenty of hardship in my life as struggling to lose weight and to get adapted to America and their culture however with ton of sweat literally, i lost my weight and got adapted to the America and their language. This is not even the end line, i want to be someone that represents the people of my country good and someone that my family is proud. until i reach all my dreams, i will keep working hard and be on my grind proving all the haters that no matter what they say hard-work will get me where i want and anyone that is willing to put in the work.

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  52. I believe that all of mankind is inherently good. The fact that we, as a society would consider any one specific person only good or only bad seems to me like ignorance. There is a grey area and a spectrum across which human being exist in their morality. Just as you do not know someone’s past just by looking at them, you also cannot see their future. Within our lifetimes, people go through experiences that change the very fabric of who they are on and almost daily basis. These events could be as simple as seeing a comedian you like on the television bring up a political point, or as complex as enduring a long, unhealthy relationship. There is no true way to determine if somebody will be the same as they are now 10, 15, or even 20 years from now. The only guarantee is that things will change, people will grow or regress, and they will make choices whether they be good or bad that ultimately lead to the ends of their lives. I feel as though you cannot judge someone unless you know their entire story and truly understand it. The problem with this belief is that your story isn’t over until you pass on. Sometimes it even continues farther than this with the retellings of events you took part in for many years after death. The upside to all of this is that you have the power as an individual to change. If you look at your actions under scrutiny you will be able to make yourself a better person, I mean that’s what we have new year’s resolutions for right?

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  53. When you have a role model in your life, it sets an example for you. When you see someone that you look up to it pushes you to improve. I have a few role models in my life. I have always admired my father and grandfather because they have an extremely intense work ethic. My grandfather was a father of ten children and he had to toil endlessly to provide for them. He started his own company and worked long hours to see that it was successful. My dad also works extremely hard, running that same company, ensuring that he provides for his family and is successful. When my dad was in college, his parents split, and all of his nine other brothers and sisters moved out to Seattle with his mother. My dad stayed behind because he was working hard to get through school and work with my grandfather. One message they have instilled in me is “Don’t sit around waiting for your piece of the pie, go out and bake your own darn pie!” They have taught me that things aren’t going to just do themselves, you have to be willing to work hard to achieve success. Their work ethic has rubbed off on me and I am grateful to have people like them in my life to show me the way and create a healthy environment for me to thrive.

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    • Very similar to my role model. I love that we both learned to put the effort in and that great things don’t just come to those who wait. This definitely resonates with me.

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    • I was raised by my grandfather and I thank him for who I am today. He is also my role model and I have a great work ethic because of him as well. He owns his own tiling business and its just him that works it, he is extremely proud of his work and I’ve always wanted to have that same sense of pride in mine!

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  54. As a child I would often ask myself, “who am I?” “what do I believe in as an individual?” “Do I possess vaules which allow a person to succeed in any personal endeavor in which they may undertake in the course of their life?” Naturally, as human beings we strive to answer these questions, and others similar in nature. Unfortunately, however we often find ourselves unable to effectively do so. In order to shed light on who we are as individuals we must first look out words into the world and attempt to break free from our limited perspective. In order to determine who we consider to be a role model in our lives, who we consider to be right and morally justified in their actions and beliefs, We must first ask ourselves a key question, are they right? does what they believe in work ? and do their ideas in practice achieve optimal success for them in their life? A role model is someone who can provide the best answers to the preformentioned questions , someone who is able to instil in person, values which allow that said person to achieve his or her full potential while mantaning integrity in all other facets of life.

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    • Hey Collin,
      I thought this was very well written and I totally relate to this on a spiritual level. You bring up great points on how we as a community have a bounded perspective. Adding on to this, I also believe that a role model requires a sense of strong foundation of leadership.

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    • Your story brought back the memories of watching “Into The Cosmos” and asking myself those same deep and open questions ,as Neil deGrasse Tyson rambled on, that mankind seems so desperate to answer. Thank you.

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  55. Throughout my life, my father has been the person I have looked up to the most. My dad is a very calm person, he works hard days and nights and he is always doing some type of project at my house. He is a very good handyman to have around and saves us a lot of money. My father is a reasonably smart man and is always giving good advice and helping me with school work. Overall he is just a person that never really lets me down. I can always count on him to be there or help me. It is a great feeling knowing that I can always count on him when I need him too and I honestly cannot imagine my life without him there, he is my biggest role model and still is to this day.

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  56. When you enter this world as a child, you are essentially a blank canvas. You don’t have any ideologies, opinions, or even the proper tools to effectively communicate with others. What fills our canvases is what we define as right or wrong, what we like or dislike, everything that defines us as individuals is painted on to this canvas. The problem for many people is that their canvas is tainted or ruined from an experience or individual and it becomes increasingly difficult to remove this blemish as it dries into the canvas. When we see someone we admire we sometimes unconsciously imitate their actions or their ideas whether it is something positive or negative. We’re unknowingly imitating that person because we admire them so much we think that whatever idea they have or action they do it has to be a good thing because they are such a great person.Our role models leave their marks on our canvas whether they know or not, and depending on who your role model that mark could be detrimental or highly beneficial to your character. This is the reason we need good role models in our lives as they are essential for helping you become the best individual you can possibly be. Their marks on your canvas will affect you and can aid you into following the path in life that you feel is best for you helping you avoid any blemishes or stains on your otherwise perfect canvas. That is why Role models are so important in our lives.

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    • Peter this was a very interesting way at looking at the origins of individuality and what makes us us. I have never heard it put that way, and I really liked the metaphor of a “blank canvas”. If I were to give you one critisism, it would be to go a little more in depth on how a role model can help and perhaps provide some examples. However, I think this is a good piece.

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  57. Role Models play a serious part in most everyone’s lives. I give so much credit for my success to the important people in my life that I look up to. Through thick and thin the best role models are the people that I’ve always been able to rely on, my parents. They have done more for me than I could ever pay back. They’ve taught me to work hard and persevere through my life’s toughest points. Though they have been the most important people I’ve looked up to, there are still Many more people that have helped me through my endeavors. I have had teachers especially in high school that have guided me through my work in class and help me come to the point I am at now in my academics. They have guided me to Umass Dartmouth and my major. One teacher and specific help me find a love for art and expressing creativity. I first had him in 8th grade and he helped me so much with expressing myself through art. Over the years I’ve always gone to him for any questions, advise, or just to have a great conversation. Through our common likes in music and art styles, he has inspired me to pick my major, graphic design. These are just a few of the people that I have looked up to throughout my entire life. I owe everything to them and I am so thankful for having them to guide me through everything I have faced.

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  58. I’ve had many great teachers before but none like my American Literature teacher in High School. I’m someone who will typically be on my teachers’ good side not because I believe it will benefit my grades, but because I love to get close with them and have genuine conversations with them.
    Throughout my early high school years, I did well, but I put in minimal effort and gave little attention to classes, outside of requirements. That was until junior year. The first day of class, the teacher introduced himself and had us do some fun little icebreaker activities. Nothing too special but It wasn’t until we were walking to lunch and he joined my friend and I in a conversation. His charisma was unmatchable and he was not short of interesting stories and jokes. But above all else, he was someone who changed me forever. His overwhelming positivity and relatability made him such a likable character. His class was not by any means easy, but his personality pushed me to work harder. I wanted to impress him. As someone who was not interested in literature before, I can say that I’ve never enjoyed books more in my life. I’d love to have class discussions about The Great Gatsby, Of Mice and Men, and Catcher in the Rye. His passion was contagious and I couldn’t protect myself.
    After a few classes, I had already changed. I gave more effort in other classes and ultimately finished high school strong. Much stronger than I was originally trajected to. I really do believe that all it takes is one person to change a life.
    Thank you, Mr. Huse

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  59. I believe strongly in the idea of a role model has a great factor on the person you grow up to be, this is because they are someone who’s ideas and thoughts you value and respect as someone who has your best interest. They are able to open your minds and have you think about certain things in ways you never did before. The choosing of a role model is important as you want to choose one who is doing good in their life and will benefit your life in the process. Also having multiple role models is good for you because that gives you the opportunity to have insight from different minds that can help you make decisions.
    Role models in my life would be my family, especially my parents and uncle. I look at my parents as role models for what they have done for me, my mom being the one I can open up to about things that are bothering me and knowing that she will always be there for me. I look at my dad as a role model for how he is so hardworking and does whatever he needs to do to get the job done something I respect deeply and strive to be someone like that, And then my uncle being the person that is a listener and will understand where I am coming from on topics that others wouldn’t understand. I go to those 3 for guidance for when I am struggling and trying to become a better person everyday and I am glad I have done that because they have made me the person that I am today. From all that they have taught me I also hope I have the chance to be looked at as a role model to many others and that I will be able to give them guidance to help them achieve their goals and be a better person

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  60. What is a role model? A role model is a person you look up to and whose example you follow. We all have people in our lives that we look up to. For me, my role models would be my parents. My parents are hard-working citizens who do everything they can to provide for and help their family. Even when things get rough, they are always there for us. My mother used to be a banker; however, she was unhappy with her job. When she was let go, instead of finding another bank to go be unhappy at, she decided to go back to college and pursue something she passionate about: being a nurse. She wasn’t able to pursue her dream career earlier, but she decided it was time to do something she enjoyed. She is now working at a local hospital. I admire that she was honest with herself and went back to school to pursue her dream. My father is a veteran. He served in the military for eight years. He endangered himself, putting his life on the line countless time to protect our country and to protect the innocent people caught in the crossfires of war. He didn’t know any of these people, but that didn’t matter to him. He wanted to help them. He wanted to do the right thing. I strive to be the man he is. My parents, my role models, have helped shape me into the person I am today, and I am thankful to have them in my life.

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  61. What I Believe

    Throughout the years I spent in high school, I was in my schools NJROTC program, and on the back of the shirts we wore were, and still are the three most important values I hold myself and others accountable for; honor, courage, and commitment.
    I find honor to be a major characteristic I look for in others and hold myself to give to others. I believe everyone should have a code of conduct, or ethics they live by. Id like to think for me under honor comes respect and trust, in giving others the respect they earn over time, and trusting them to do the right thing.
    Courage to me is the ability to step out of ones own comfort zone and challenge yourself to be better than you were before. For me personally, the most example of this was simply moving into college all together. Back home I had a major falling out with a lot of people that ended in ugly fashion. Moving into a new place all on your own a few hours from home is one of the bolder things I’ve done so far, but they say you never can truly grow as a person without stepping outside your comfort zone.
    Commitment to me is probably the most important of the three. Commitment comes in all sorts of forms, whether its walk the neighbor’s dogs, or to be loyal in a relationship or a friendship. Most everyone has had an instance where someone has broken the commitment they told you they’d do, and quite frankly its usually a sucky feeling when someone breaks that, simultaneously losing some trust and proving as not dependable as much depending on the importance of the commitment. Commitment to oneself is also important, in promising to do the right thing, to have integrity and at the end of the day having the commitment to be better than I was yesterday.

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  62. In all of our lives, we have those certain people who we care endlessly about and would do anything for. Strong friendships are such an important part of life and they are essential for every successful person. You can always count on a real friend to be there for you whenever you need someone to help you face difficult or serious challenges. Friends are there for you during hard times such as the death of a loved one or to help you during a time of failure. Even though good friends should be there for you during those difficult times, they also are there to experience fun and crazy times that make your friendship even closer. I have heard some people say that they can’t trust anyone and they can only rely on themselves. While I agree that some things should only be accomplished by yourself, the majority of the time it feels better to have someone by your side and to have two people making a decision instead of just one. As for the people who say “I can’t trust anyone”, I believe that everyone should be given a chance to earn the trust of an individual before being ruled out as untrustworthy right away just because that person has had troubles with trust in the past. I believe that having strong and healthy relationships with friends is a major key in being successful and living a happy lifestyle.

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  63. Kindness Across Borders

    A smile, it’s the universal symbol for happiness. Across borders, cultures, languages, a simple smile can show people of two different worlds, happiness. What makes me different? Every human on earth has a beating heart, lungs, eyes, nose, and requires food, water to survive. Everyone gets 24 hours in a day no more no less, whether your rich or poor, old, or young. One thing holds true, that tomorrow is not certain. The only thing that is guaranteed is now. So how is it that in today’s society that someone who doesn’t even know me, have the ability to hate me based on my beliefs, color of my skin, political background. I believe everyone has the right to their own thoughts, beliefs and choices. I believe that if there’s food on the table, clothes on your back and a roof over your head, your really luck and you should help other. Everyday on the news their are tragic events happening, if one simple act of being kind can make someone days why not do it. Kindness is rarely shown on the news, so why not be selfless and smile.

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  64. I come from a family where we all love and admire a superhero. My dad was a huge comic geek and it rubbed off on my brother and I. We grew up believing that someone would always be there to save the day. But that was just a belief right? Like believing in Santa Claus or the Easter Bunny? There are no such thing as superheroes, right? I always thought that superheroes were just a fantasy, until my eyes were opened and I realized my hero was in front of me the entire time. My hero works hard every single minute of every single day no matter what may be going on at my house, no matter the arguments or the tears, no matter how hard it gets at work, no matter how incompetent customers or coworkers may be, my hero is always there to make sure that food is on the table, that kids and husbands are healthy and safe, that pets are pet and comforted. My superhero does it all. I believe in heroes and I believe in role models, I believe in my mom. My mom is my hero, she is always there for me. When I become the damsel in distress and need someone to come and save me, she is always the first person to step up and rescue me. When I’m surrounded by fear and feel as if it is going to consume my every being, she is there to pull me out of the darkness and show me the light. My hero helps me to find my confidence, my faith, and my strength in order to succeed and do better. My mom is a superhero for what she does for my family. Working fifty plus hours a week my mom still finds time to sit down and have dinner with my family, she finds time helps with homework and studying, she finds time to go shopping for necessities, she finds time to wipe the tears and solve the problems. My mom especially finds the patience for my crazy family, no matter how tired she may be, no matter how drowsy she feels, no matter how hard her head is pounding or how her eyelids are heavier than the world she is still there to make dinner, clean the house, answer questions, take care of her hectic family. I don’t know how she does it, but I do know one thing, my mom is an amzaingly talenteted woman who will always do whatever she can to help those she loves. This is for my role model. This is for my knight in shining armor. This is for my inspiration for life. This is for my mom. I love you.

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  65. Everyone has something that aids them in times of doubt. Many people rely on a role model to help them find their way in life. Like Polaris guided Sailors at night, role models serve as a shining ray of hope that through hard work and determination, anything can be accomplished. For some, this may be a famous athlete, a selfless community member, or a faithful religious leader. For me, this accolade is held by Elon Musk. Elon Musk is selfless in every aspect of his life. He strives to do the impossible, despite how much people doubt him. I first heard about Elon through his endeavors at Tesla, where his mission was to accelerate the adoption of electric vehicles. At the time when he started Tesla in 2008, nobody believed that the company would survive, or that electric vehicles were viable. Musk knew that the world needed to switch to sustainable transportation in order to reduce the carbon emissions from vehicles today. He put his money and his reputation on the line, working over 100 hours a week to build a successful electric car company. Fast forward to today, not only has Tesla survived, but their latest car, the Model 3, is outselling every other vehicle in its category combined. Musk not only fought an uphill battle against the established car companies to revolutionize the auto industry, but he forced them to start electric vehicle programs of their own in order to stay relevant.
    In addition to working hard for what he believes in, he often donates large sums of money out of his own pocket to better other people. Puerto Rico has been working to restore power after Hurricane Maria destroyed most of the island. Musk donated a combination of solar panels and batteries to Puerto Rico in an effort to first bring power back to the emergency services that desperately needed it, and then to the rest of the island. Most recently, after 12 boys and their soccer coach were found stuck in a cave, unable to swim, Musk was asked on Twitter if he would be able to help. In a race against time, he and a team of his best engineers traveled to Thailand to see what they could do. Even though the Thai government was working to teach the children how to scuba dive, they asked Musk to come up with a Plan B. He and his team designed a personal sized submarine to act as an escape pod to carry the children out. In the end, they did not need the submarine, but he was happy to help and left the sub with the Thai government for any future rescue missions.
    Elon Musk is immutable when he is passionate about a subject, and will put every last bit of time and money he has into his work. When starting SpaceX, he had enough money to test launch four rockets before the company went under. It wasn’t until the fourth rocket that the test launch was successful. In an interview about SpaceX, Musk stated “Failure is an option here. If things are not failing, you are not innovating enough.” Elon Musk has taught me that not only is failure something that we should embrace, but a tool we should use as a driving force to do our best. He is changing the world one step at a time, using his numerous companies as intermediaries for his ideas to become reality. He is a true example of what someone with the power and money he has should be. He is successful, determined, hardworking, philanthropic, and what I strive to be someday.

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  66. I believe in friendship. I think friendship is always important in our daily life. Anything is possible when we have someone there to support us. It’s always good to have someone who we can count on. Everybody in the world needs at least one friend to trust and share good and bad memories with. No matter what happens, my friends are always there for me.
    About four years ago, I moved to United States of America. I moved here for better opportunities. I didn’t really wanted to move because I liked where I lived and I had to leave many people who are important to me behind. I told my friends I was going to move and they were upset just as much as I was. We would go to each other’s house and hang out. They really didn’t want me to move. I have known them since elementary school. Before I moved we switch contacts so we can keep in touch with each other and we did. We would call and text each other through this app called viber like almost everyday. We still talk until now.
    I believe some friendships are meant to last forever. There might be ups and downs at time but at the end of the days, being there for each other is all that matters.

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  67. I believe that having a friend can make a difference in a person’s train of thought. Knowing that you aren’t alone in a random spot, or sharing a moment with one, two or even a group of people can change your thoughts of that moment. Having a friend nearby can give you more confidence in what you do. Being able to laugh, compete, have fun or even be weird with a friend is something joy to the ones spending those moments together. When I moved to a different city for middle school, I didn’t want to start over and be alone. On the first day I would see groups of friends together in the halls and think of how much I missed my old friends. I did end up being approached by a few students and quickly became friends with them. I was happy knowing I wasn’t going to be stuck alone for the upcoming school years let alone the first week, and even today I’m glad I got to meet them. Because of them, I try to make the most of the moments I spend with my friends, whether competing or acting like fools. Those moments are precious and they’re something I’d personally never take for granted. Once again, I believe having a friend around can change someone’s mood over something. From anxious or nervous to relaxed and easygoing, knowing someone’s got your back means something, and the moments spent with them are especially fun and not the best thing to just toss aside.

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