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  1. The most successful people in life will tell you that they are only as smart as the people who came before them. The most intelligent philosophers will always say that they have learned by example from those who lead by example. These types of people who lead by example are called role models. I believe in the importance of a role model because the young are impressionistic and seek guidance. We as a society should value the importance of role models to ensure good morals in the minds of the younger generation.

    I watched a movie recently called The Tree of Life(2011); this film was about the philosophy of life or the mechanics of how the world got to be. For example, a large portions of the movie is religion based and I believe this was placed into the film simply to show that different people can believe in different ideas. This is a fact of life. Another theme of life shown in this movie is corporate America/corporate greed. The setting is in the rural south, but many times the film cuts back to an office building located in a city of concrete jungle to contrast the two worlds. This film has received mixed reviews ever since its release six years ago because of its misunderstood plot points. The Tree of Life does not tell a straightforward narrative story, instead the film opts to visually show the themes of life with little to no dialogue presented.

    The reason I mention this film because in it, is a father portrayed by Brad Pitt and he serves as a role model to three young, impressionable boys. His character can sometimes come off as a jerk to these children. The father has good intentions though, as he guides them through their journey into adulthood. He teaches his children discipline and respect/how to be a good person. This once again, stresses the importance of a ROLE MODEL in adolescence. This is a fact of life. This is what I believe in.

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    • Brett, I agree with this 100%! Role models nowadays are needed more than ever. Unfortunately, a bad role model or no role model at all can influence the child so poorly that it impacts them for the rest of their life. If everyone had a good role model growing up, maybe it would lead to a good life or at least a good beginning for everyone. I have heard of that movie but I have never watched it before because I didn’t know what it was about, however now I do! I will defiantly be watching this movie sometime soon now. I like your belief statement, it is very accurate and relatable.

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    • You’re right about role models, everyone needs to grow up with some one who they can look to when they’re unsure about what to do, to teach them how to make their way in life. Something that I’d like to add is that you need to remember that they’re still human, your role model has their failings just like everyone else. When you see these failings remember them, learn from them. Someone else’s mistakes tight not be as powerful of a learning tool, but they’re much easier to get past.

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    • When people speak about role models the first thing they think of is someone who serves as an example to become bigger and better at anything that you want to become in life. When I think of a role model I think of my mother. My mother was born and raised in the Dominican Republic and she is a woman who has been a fighter her whole life and has never depended on anyone to do what she has to get done. She is giving, kind, and hard-working. She lived in a home with a mother and stepfather that abused her. She was forced to drop  out of school in the 7th grade to help out around the house and to help with her sick grandmother. She then married a man who she thought would take her away from the abuse but it resulted that he treated her as if she were worthless. She worked hard to move her children out of that oppressive environment and ended up with a man who showed her real love and showed her that he’s willing to work just as hard to support her and her children. He treated her children as if they were his own and is always willing to do anything to help them. This wonderful man is my father. With my father’s help, my mother moved on to be better than most of her family put her out to be. My mother has always taught me that education is what leads to success. She taught me to be independent and hard-working just like her. She is the reason why my desire for success is so substantial. Everyday she reminds me why I work so hard, and the real reason is for her. She moved to a country that was foreign to her, to give my siblings and I a better life to become something of ourselves and for that I am very grateful.

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    • You’re completely right. We would be nothing without the people who taught us. Children are so impressionable when they are young, and they can pick up bad habits just as quickly as they pick up good habits. That’s why role models are crucial to a developing child.

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  2. When I look back on my younger years the people that I think of most are those who have made positive impacts in my life. I think of the people who were successful, kind, supportive, and anybody else who made a change in my life for the better. Having people to look up to when I was younger helped me decide what kind of person I wanted to be when I became an adult. I can’t imagine how I would have turned out in life if I did not have anybody there to guide the way, to show me the difference between right and wrong. I have been very fortunate in my life to have people close to me that were willing to guide me through my younger years. My mother was by far the largest contributing factor to who I am today as a person and as I look back I can attribute the vast majority of what I hope are my positive attributes to her guidance. In my personal opinion, having a good role model when people are young and impressionable, or at any other point in life, is the single biggest contributing factor to the kind of person they turn out to be. It is for these reasons that I believe in solid support systems within every community, and at every age. Because having a good role model is priceless.

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    • I agree with having a good role model is priceless because a lot people who don’t have a role or have a bad one end up down the wrong path. I can say that for people who I grew up with and family members. For myself I had a lot of role models growing from watching certain professional athletes and just people who hold themselves to high standards. But now I do not have a role model and I consider myself the role model for the youth out there. I want to be the one they look up to and want to be like.

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    • When I was seven years old my father separated his shoulder in two places and could barely move his right arm. He would wake up an hour earlier than he had to for work just to simply put a shirt on. I remember his arm being so swollen and sore he couldn’t lift it straight out in front of him so most days he would wake me up for help. Most mornings I could help him get his shirt and jacket on with just me, but more than he’d like me to admit we’d have to wake my mom for some extra help. Every day for about seven months I saw my father wake up at six in the morning in horrible pain just to make it to work. I wanted to convince him he could miss a day just because I could see the pain in his eyes. So, one day I finally said, “Dad you’re in so much pain. Why don’t you just stay home and rest for a day or two? I hate seeing you like this all the time.” I recall this wide smile and a bit of a smirk on his face, then he said, “I have my shirt on, right? They need me at work. You can’t always be a hundred percent all the time, but you can always give it all you got left.” That day I finally realized my dad all along was teaching me how to persevere, and to never give up in life, no matter how hard. This is why he will always be my greatest role model.

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      • I believe role models play a very important role in the development of a human. From the age of an adolescent to the later adult years, role models have a enormous effect on the way people perceive the world. Growing up I sought out answers to the world. When you’re a child you learn from the environment around you, and the people you are around greatly influence your mindset. One person as I child I looked up to (and still do) was my father. When my parents had me they were in no way financially stable. My dad at the time was a correctional officer working long nights. He eventually quit and became a sheet rocker so he could earn more money and spend more time with his son. Through the years he then worked as a real estate agent and then finally got a good job as a project manager at a big company while balancing two more children. The job was good financially, however even that job wasn’t enough for him. He took a big risk and left the company after a few years to start his own company. I’ll always look up to him for that. The hard work, the perseverance, and the hunger to make a better life for himself and his family. I believe that’s where I gained my hunger for success from. I want to go to college and not only make a better life for myself, but also my family.

        Another person I look up to and draw deep inspiration from is Kendrick Lamar. He grew up in Compton, California which was not the most friendly city by far. Despite the bad influences all around him, he rose to become one of the greatest rappers of all time. He was a good kid in a mad city. He continues to make conscious albums on social issues to inspire his listeners. I look up to him because his music inspires me. It opens up your eyes to the social problems people experience whether it’s with your peers or as a country. His music also led me to believe that you aren’t always going to become the negative stereotypes that you grow up around. Role models had a large impact on my life as I’m sure many of you reading have had the same happen to you.

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    • I completely agree with you William. It is so important to have a role model throughout your life, especially at a young age. My mother is also a huge role model in my life and has helped me through my younger years. Thank you for sharing your thoughts about how influential role models can be.

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    • I agree, having positive role models in one’s life can make all the difference. I do believe this is quite the contributing factor in one’s life. However, I also believe that we have the power ourselves to make our ultimate decisions. We must seek out those role models who will have the best influence over us.

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  3. Mom. That’s the first person I think of when I think of a role model. She’s my superwoman, the woman who always got up when she was being held down. She’s the kind of woman who would give up her own meal just to make sure you ate something. My mom has always encouraged me to be the best I could be and to love myself even if no one else did. Everyone deserves the kind of support and wisdom my mother has. I grew up feeling like the worst things always happened to me but watching my mom take on the challenges like they were nothing motivated me to always keep my head up. Nothing is ever too big in my mom’s book and her teaching me to always face the world head on helped me get through all the difficulties in life. My mom inspires me everyday to continue to work hard and push through the boundaries set by others. I work harder and stronger because I have seen my mom do nothing less than that. Having my mom as a role model taught me to love myself and others. My mom’s guidance, patience and love made we want to inspire someone else the same way my mom inspires me.
        Being a role model doesn’t always mean being famous, or being a superhero, sometimes it just means showing someone how to be strong and loving. I believe that role models are important figures for anyone of any age to have because they inspire you to be the best you can be.

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    • I completely agree with this. I was fortunate enough to have a mom that sounds a lot like the one you were lucky enough to have. I agree that having somebody like your mom in life can be a huge inspiration and act as somebody to follow so you can do the right thing. I think everybody needs somebody like the mom you described in your post.

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    • Your mother sounds like an amazing role model and woman. I agree that role models inspire you to be the best that you can be.I also think that the fact that mothers are able to take on so many challenges, whilst still being strong and loving, do in some ways do make them superheroes.

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    • I can never know anyone as intimately as I know my Mom, so I don’t have to think twice about it; she has no weaknesses, no visible fear, and no remorse. She is the kindest and most emotive person in my life.

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    • I completely agree with you! My Mom is my role model unfortunately she passed away when I was two. She is the reason I keep moving and I keep going everyday! I may have not known her but I have so much love for her and I have a loss that I can’t explain. Thank you for sharing your story. God bless and stay safe and healthy!

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    • I agree with you that anyone has the ability to be a positive role model no matter who they are. You don’t need to be famous or a super hero like you said because sometimes its just a close person to you that you look up to that can change your view of things and make you a better person based on just being positive themselves.

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    • With my mother being my role model as well, I can very much relate to this and I love how you appreciate the things she does for you that have shaped you to become the person you are today.

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    • I feel like moms are never completely given credit for what they do for us. Thank you for bringing light to some of the things that need to be recognized.

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  4. When it comes to role models, my criteria isn’t that censorious. The first thing I tend to look at is the financial well being of the person. It’s ridiculous to say money isn’t one of the biggest necessities in our society because you can’t survive without it. Though money isn’t the only motivator when it comes to survival; personally I think a better incentive is family. And when I say family I mean the ones you’d do anything to protect, the ones whose happiness brings the same feeling to you, the people who you truly care about. Someone who knows how to navigate throughout society successfully while still maintaining their core values is basically what I look for in a role model. If I’m able to live my life that way then I’d be satisfied with how it turned out.
    Someday I hope I can set a good example for my youngins. So they can see that you can go through life enjoying while also doing what needs to be done. Business and pleasure don’t mix often but with time. You can easily manage both. With family supporting you, there’s nothing you can’t accomplish. The love one gets from one’s family is essentially, a never ending supply of courage. No matter what happens, their love will still be there. You realize that you’re not really working hard for yourself, but to make those who supported you proud of your accomplishments. To eventually become a similar role model to one’s own.

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  5. Role models play a very important part in everyone’s life. It allows you to follow in the footsteps of someone you aspire to be, or something you want to do to allow you to get to where you want to get. For me the biggest role model in my life has been my brother. He is the best of our family; responsible, kind, funny, strong, intelligent, friendly. While he won’t always be there for me since he is busy I can still put myself in his shoes anytime I feel lost to find out what I should do. He is the perfect student, all A’s in the hardest classes, perfect attendance, four extracurricular activities a year. He attends BU and has a major in Economics and Political Science, and is attending law school soon. We both have different dreams. His happens to be becoming president, congressmen or being a lawyer. My dream is to travel as cliché as that is. I want to move out of the United States one day and move to a place like Denmark or New Zealand. They are nice places and it allows me to start a new family not in Massachusetts like the rest of my boring family. All of my dreams aside it’s important to have a role model even if they don’t have the same dream because in following them, you can find an achieve your own dreams. Some day when you become a role model and your dreams come true there is always more to learn by having another role model. All-in-All, throughout life make sure to pick the RIGHT role models, so you can place yourself where you want to end up.

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    • A role model is a person that you look up to and a person you want to be like when you are older. Everyone has someone that’s teaches them the values of life and helps them make descisions that impact their life. The biggest role model in my life is my mother. I have always wanted to be like my mom when I was younger, and to grow up and be a nurse just like her. She got her masters in nursing and I couldn’t be more proud of the woman she has become. Everyone in my family looks up to my mom because she is such a strong and powerful woman. That is what I believe a role model is. Superheroes are not always role models, it should be someone who pushes you and supports you to be the best you can be. Someone to push and support you throughout everything. I hope to be like my mom when I am older. Also to be able to achieve what I want to do and to show my mom that I can do it too. A role model can be anyone, it does not have to be a family member or a parent. My mom being my role model just makes me want to work harder and whatever success I get while growing up, I will owe it all to her. She helps me whenever I need it, and is always there to give me the extra push to do my best. She never looks down on me or doubts me, she is always positive towards me. My mom will forever be my role model and I am beyond thankful for her.

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      • Great essay Chloe, I have a similar relationship with my mom who also a nurse. This is also why I am in nursing school too. I like what you said about role models not always being superheroes. You are very lucky to have someone like her to look up to. 🙂

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  6. “What do you want to be when you grow up?”How do you want to live your life as you grow?”Throughout our life we have been told to believe in something or someone in order to achieve a certain goal in life. Role models are perfect examples of something we as an individual should look up to and believe in. Either we look up to our parents, or a certain people, we try to become what they are or strive to be. Growing up we are shown to be citizens in a community to follow a certain way in life, others think its just how a structured community is made, but i believe we are guided by Role Models to be the person we can be. Although I believe that we should look up to Role Models not just an example, but as someone where we are able to become a better person in life. In life i believe we should try and strive to be a better person in life and become an example or Role Model for future generations to come.
    Mom and Dad you are the Role models in my life. Striving to do whats best for their family, and putting family first. They have given me the traits of courage, confidence, and respect to which I follow in life. They are my role models that i look up to everyday, and hope to fulfill my life as a better person. They have given me the drive to work hard and be a person in life. Where we should try and be a person, to whom others should look up to everyday.

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  7. A role model is a person whose behavior, example, or success is or can be influenced by others. Most step fathers are perceived as bad people who marry a single woman with kids and begin to threaten the safety of the woman’s children or the woman herself. To me, a dad is someone who took part in conceiving you but a father is someone you look up to and strive to be. For me, one of my biggest role models has been my stepfather. When I was born my biological father did not believe I was his child. He left my mother to take care of me by herself.A couple months later my mother met my stepfather and he married my mother. I was one year old. It was mostly him I saw as a fatherly figure. Growing up he always showed my stuff a father would show his son. How to change a spare tire, jump start a car, use basic tools, paint a room, how to be a gentleman and much more. Without him, I do not believe I would be who I am today. Without a right role model like my stepfather, I would be more reliant on people to do simple things.He taught me how to be more independent and self-sufficient. Having a great role model helps you strive to be a better version of yourself. As you become a better version of yourself you can also become a role model to another to help them become a better version of themselves.

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    • I believe this is a great example of how Role Models can explain a guide in someone’s life, where they can lead them to a better life, and gratitude towards it.

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  8. I believe that it is important for everyone to have a role model in their lives. The purpose of a role model is to guide us through life during our development, to help us make important decisions that affect the outcome of our lives. When we was younger and even now, we looked to our role models for inspiration and used them as a blueprint for how we should live our lives. Most people use successful and rich men and women in our society as their role models. But you don’t have to be rich and successful to be a role model. The first role model that I ever had was my uncle. The reason why he was my role model is because he lived life in the moment and most importantly he believe for someone to be truly successful or happy is if they lived their life with no regrets. That is how I want to live my life. I don’t want to think back on my life when i’m older, wishing that I said this or did that.

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    • Completely agree. Without a role model, you really have nothing to rely on or nothing to guide you. You need sometime of role model to guide you through and help you gain or grow some type of success.

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  9. Role models, by my definition, is a factor of any individual, which could influence you in the way that you define as positive. Through my journey, the role model of mine was never a specific individual. Rather than, almost everyone I have met is my role model.
    I never developed an optimistic attitude towards neither life nor work. Since I have often been misunderstanding, and have been treated unfairly or critically. As the result, I have found my unique attitude towards life, as well as developed my own understanding of role model, which guides my life as one of my most important belief. I am not used to being enthusiastic, where in my mind I don’t normally set a specific individual as my objective as well. The way that I learn from people is that I see or feel the improper behavior from people, then I warn myself not behave like that, where it may be rude and could hurt someone. Normally there are two possible outcomes for a person who was being hurt mentally, one is that this person gains hate of the society, and transforms the experience into action by hurting other people, which let them feel what this person has experienced. The second outcome, where I assume that I could be categorized in, is that you have been hurt, but you are willing to end this guilty cycle, and want to bring hope to other’s life. As a result, you decide to live with goodwill and behave carefully, which for preventing further hurting, and perhaps with an unexpected cure for those people who need to see the hope, and being treated by life gently.

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    • I agree with what your saying. I think basically everybody you really meet helps shape either a small or large part of your life. Whether this person was good or bad for if you like them or not you take what you saw from them and apply it to you. For example if you meet someone who was greedy and you did not like their behavior you take that and apply to yourself not to be greedy.

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  10. For me personally role models have always shaped my life and my core values. There are many people out there that inspire me and interest me and I use what I love about them to shape my own self. In a way myself, my values, my beliefs are all bits and pieces taken from my role models. I totally live my life based on these people all my thoughts, actions, and behavior can be attributed to them. One huge role model for me is my older brother. He’s just a year older than me and he has taught me and help gave me direction in many aspects of my life. He’s taught me the benefits of eating healthy and proper exercise and how it gives you the fuel and energy to take on life. He’s also inspired me by pursuing his dream of being a career musician, through his hard work and development with the guitar he inspired me to pick up and learn the guitar myself. Im not necessarily looking to become a professional musician but I love the challenge and creative take of playing the guitar. I have also found role models through musicians, actors, directors, authors, teachers. All these people I took what they did that inspired me and began implementing it into my life. I believe everybody is like that, our personalities all come from little bits of experience and learning of people who inspired us whether its your favorite musician or a family member we take bits and pieces from this who inspire us and build the character rand person that we are. This makes finding the right role models one of the most important aspects of being successful and a good person.

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  11. I believe in having a good role model in life. Role models are key factors in the development of one’s life. We enter this world blind not knowing what to do at all, until we are guided and taught by someone. There are many figures in your life who could pose as your role model. For me, my role models are my parents, godparents, and some close friends. Each of the role models listed are good well rounded people who have done good in life. My mother, who is my number one role model, has gone through rough patches to become who she is today. Coming from poor parents who migrated here from a foreign country,she has still been able to complete goals in life. She is the only child of my grandparents to complete high school and college. It was not an easy path, but she worked hard to achieve her goals, and that is why I look up to her. I also say that it is important to have a role model, because there are many evils in the world that are easy to succumb to. Coming from the inner city I have seen many take the wrong route in life. I know for sure some of these lost lives could have been saved if they had a good role model in life. Seeing someone successful can be a big influence to you. This is why I believe in having a good role model in your life.

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  12. Role models are people who shape the younger generation. It has been said many times that the children are the future. My intention in this world is to make a difference. The only way I see myself making a difference is through the children. Now children are very much different due to the way they were brought up. They all want to be given respect and praised. They all look up to those important people in their life and that’s how they base their actions. Children base their future and the way they affect the world and the way the world affects them on the important peoples that they look up to. Children are like a blank slate, Tabula Rasa, they are looking to be imprinted on. Since most or even all children are blank slates to be imprinted on, I want to be one of the people who show the children the right thing to do. I want to be a good role model that the children look up to and say, ” wow I want to be just like him when I grow up.” “With age comes wisdom”, I have heard these four words many times in my life. I always looked up to the older people who seemed to have it all together. They had success with all of their endeavors in life and that’s what made them who and what they are. I wanted to be just like that person and now that I am older, I feel like other children see me as having all the answers.

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  13. I don’t believe in your average role models, sure everyone has someone they look up to in some way, but I believe that role models should be the people you learn the most from. In this case my parents would be my role models. When I was younger my dad had a well paying job and my mom had a part time job just to help out a little, and then around seven years ago the company that my dad was working for got sold and everybody employed there got laid off. This was a big change for my family and it was very difficult for my parents to find work since neither of them graduated from college, they both started stressing how important school is in the long run and this really made an impact on me because I could see this first hand from their situation. Even after my dad found a job we never returned to the financial security we had, this situation was the reason I decided I needed to attend college. In my future I never want to go through what they are going through, I want to be able to not worry about how I’m going to pay my bills each month. My parents aren’t my role models because I want to be just like them, they’re my role models because they taught me how to improve my life based on their experiences. I learned how important it is to have a degree and how I need to work hard to get to the places I want to be. I understand how some people think that role models are a person for you to follow but I like how mine are people to learn from.

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  14. Countless years of deciding what one wanted to be when growing up. The choices started as little as when you could say your first words. At that time, the common answer for a girl was a princess or a fairy. As the years progressed it changed from a princess to a teacher, to an architecture and so on. For me, I have always wanted to become a doctor. I was not sure at the time what kind of a doctor, but after 18 years, nothing much has changed. I still want to become a Doctor but after many years of being asked what kind, I finally decided on being a Pediatrician. As the years flew by, I put together why I wanted to be a Pediatrician and who inspired me.
    The love and compassion I have for children and babies is insane! I personally would prefer to spend my weekend nights babysitting instead of hanging out with my friends. Being a Pediatrician is more than just taking care of children when they are sick. To me, it is being able to make the sick child feel like it’s not the end of the world. I want them to understand that things may seem rough at the time, but it only gets better. Putting a smile on their faces every day after work will be the goal.
    My biggest inspiration for the career I chose is my Aunt Monica. Having to spend most of her childhood in Haiti and later coming to the United States to complete her college years and get her medical degree was a huge transition for my aunt. Hearing her hard work over the years amazed me. I will never forget the day I spent the summer in New York with her. One day she came home early. I was really concerned because of my three weeks in New York she has never came home early. She had puke on her scrubs. After she got cleaned up she told me about how a little girl puked all over her. The thing that amazed me the most was the fact that she didn’t complain about it at all. She said that she had been trying to have her puke for almost four whole days. What she said next to me still replays in my head constantly. My aunt said that she loved her job so much that she would take being puked on over and over again any and every day. She made me realize that, one day I not only wanted to be a Pediatric Doctor but I wanted to be a Doctor that was able to come home every day with a smile on my face.
    Barry Shwartz once said “It takes lots of experience to learn how to care for people.” This quote is very meaningful to me because I want to get all the experience possible when helping children.

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  15. I believe that the most important thing in a person’s development is having good role models. In my life, I was fortunate enough to have good role models from an early age. My parents gave me a love of reading and a passion for learning new things that has lasted me through my life. The idea that parents can just leave a child to grow and live on their own is a large problem our society has. A child’s parents are its most important role models, as the child is around the parents for the better part of eighteen years. As my role models, my parents encouraged me to get involved in the community, so I joined the Boy Scouts. There, I saw how the older scouts got recognized for their hard work, so I decided that I would become an Eagle Scout, like them. Along the way, I met some amazing people, many of whom I still speak with today. They came from all walks of life, had come through the program, and were put in charge of committees and teams of many people. I finally reached my goal of Eagle Scout a few years ago. There was a full page article about it in the local paper, and that was that. My journey was completed. But I stayed on as a leader, helping the new scouts as I was helped, showing them the way to succeed. That’s the point of being someone’s role model, to help that person gain independence and then become themselves someone’s role model.

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  16. A pizza delivery driver isn’t someone who you would normally consider a role model. This middle-aged, single woman delivers pizza around my town and her uniform is a superhero’s costume. I look up to her in awe, beaming with pride, adoration, and gratitude as she selflessly punches in and out of her three jobs every single day.
    Being a pizza delivery driver is just one out of three jobs my mother has. As a delivery driver, she saved our home, the place I grew up and created memories in. Financially we were drowning but my mom put on her superhero cape and she saved us from having to move away, and me from transferring schools just as I was about to enter high school. She saved my sister from having to drop out of college. She sacrificed so much of herself for both of her daughter’s future. My mom has suffered, then endured and thrived in the face of adversity. My mother’s strength empowers me to be just as hard working. I am lucky to have a mother that wakes up every morning and thrives to do her best even when the days seem long and exhausting. My mother is not an immortal being, she cannot fly, she cannot stop a bus with body strength, but my mom has integrity and endurance. In my eyes that is what a real superhero is. That is who my mother is, and I am proud of who she is. My mom is my biggest role model.

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    • This is such an inspirational story. It sounds like your mother is a very selfless and hard working person. You are so lucky to have her in your life, and to have someone to motivate you to strive to be the best you can be. Working hard always pays off. 🙂

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  17. Growing up, the only person that would be home during the day, was my grandmother. My parents have always had trust issues with new people so they never felt comfortable finding someone to babysit me while they worked everyday from 2 to 10 pm. By 9 o’clock, it would already be my bedtime so I didn’t really get to see my parents as much and of course I love my mother but I always saw my father as a superhero. After all, his real name is Huberman. My father was always busy working at his job in Melrose Wakefield Hospital, and if he wasn’t there, he was doing something that had to be associated with church. So he was constantly busy. Even though I didn’t get to see my dad as much as I wanted to throughout my days in elementary and middle school, I knew that he was the reason I was in a private school. There was always food and electricity at home, and I always had clothes to wear. What people don’t know, is that my dad lost his leg in his 20’s in a tragic car accident, but when you see all the work he does in the house and how busy he is, you would never think he was someone who was handicapped, but he was. This made me understand that there is no excuse for someone to give up in life. Even if a person might not have the same abilities that others might, working your hardest through any difficulties you may be facing, gives you an opportunity to come out strong and prove to people that you can do whatever they thought was impossible. My dad did it with one leg. Because of this, my dad will always be my role model because just by watching him I learned that there is no excuse to not be successful.

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  18. Success to me is achieved my dreams and goals even if I don’t reach the first time I’ll try again and again until I attain it. I believe success is driven by your motivation and the key factor of you doing something you love doing. You are driven when you wake up early in the morning to do something you like doing and no matter the time period you continue doing it. A simple example is playing soccer when you are young you play soccer just to play it but once you start getting older you realize that’s what you really like doing and you are searching for a way in which you can get paid for it. I want a job where I feel like I belong, I do not only work just for others or for money but because that what I love doing and enjoy. It’s like when you grow up loving doing something, so you go out there and look for ways which you can make it something you wake up every day looking forward to. I believe when you love what you do, you will have passion to practice more and to work on develop your skills. I had a prediction that grit is the key factor to my success, perseverance, and passion for a long-term goal. I want to study electrical engineering and my strategy that I’m going to take to become an electrical engineer is first go the class every day, second be in the electrical program. I will dedicate to go the class every day and next I will be trying to join the general electric community service and then talk to the professor about the classes and the jobs. I believe another thing I need to do is have the determination to go the class every day also motivate myself to be a part of a group or community that helps me with stay on track and reach my goals. There will be plenty of days when I will be weary to not do anything after classes, but my job is to convince myself to not let these days ruin my life by following my steps so later I can have delayed gratification, which means later I will have rewards.

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  19. For most people they have a couple of people as a role model like mother , father , grandmother and grandfather . But in the other family there is one to no role models . depending on their life experience . Coming from a single parent household role model to me means someone that has taught me to be a better me . Someone that is there when I need them and I can say they are someone that in the future I want to be or want to better than .
    Since my mother has been there for me , she is my role model my hole life . She has taught me that I in order for me to what I want in life I need to make it to and through college no matter where I go to achieve it . She has taught me to push myself no matter if I think is to hard . Because she has been there for me and my two younger brother it shows me that it doesn’t matter who and what I don’t have in my life , I will never need them . She is my role model over any other person , celebrity because she teaches me everyday everything that I need to know whether is , relationship , love , family , friendship , and real life . She has done more than I would have ever imagine from; getting her nail salon licence , to getting her cosmetology licence , to supporting herself , my brothers and I without a father figures help . She is the person that shows me what a role model is suppose to show so that young girls know what the should do to make them proud or to not be like them.

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  20. When I started 8th grade, the first English assignment I had was to write about a positive role model of mine. Honestly, I was stumped. Everyone scrambled to write about their heroes while I sat questioning what to do. At the age of 14 I couldn’t think of anyone who really inspired me to be more. Of course my parents were and still to this day are good people. They believe in me and push me to do better. I had met soldiers, doctors, police officers, and firemen, but none inspired me to go for greatness. As I stared blanky at the paper on my desk I asked myself, “Who makes me better? Who do I aspire to be like?” The answer was simple: Spider-Man. I had been reading comics since I could read at all. My mother bought me some here and there, as well as giving me some from her youth. Spider-Man was and still is my favorite hero. He’s just a guy who tries to do right by everyone; he screws up constantly, but gets up to defend the little guy no matter the odds. Overtime my role models became many different heroes. Spider-Man made people laugh, Captain America stuck to his morals, Batman sought justice in chaos. All of my beliefs came from these characters, which means in reality, they came from their writers. As a young boy I saw the names on the covers and swelled with envy. They made people all over the world believe in justice and did so while making them happy. I had the good fortune of just recently seeing Stan Lee, the man who made Marvel comics a place of legends, in Boston. He spoke of trying new things, making stories you want to read, fighting for your beliefs, and how those things make life worth living. If a 93 year old man has that advice to give, it would be foolish to not listen. My role models are every man and woman who dares to tell an interesting story. My role models are the people who love laughing and spreading it to others. My role models are people who look at the world and have the guts to make a mark on it. This I believe, my role models can be anyone.

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  21. A good role model is someone who is always positive, calm, and confident in themselves. The name of my role model is Natania Walker. I thought of her being my role model for several reasons. I believe that she is humbled of the person she is, even if that means accepting some ridicule. She doesn’t pretend to be someone else, and has never adjusted that to suit others. Her continuous work towards achieving her goals despite her background which wasn’t wealthy is admirable. Hence, not being able to afford all that she needs I admire the approach she constantly take to work within a set budget and cope with part time schooling and work at the same time and still manage to have her ‘me time.’
    Most importantly I aspire to be a strong worshiper and a prayer warrior just like her. She loves God, she allows him to make her decisions and lead her life. She is an understanding young lady and I strongly appreciate that. The fact that she is well trusted and can be confided into assures me that she’s like my very own best friend. My role model is one known for her captivating smiles. She puts a smile on everybody’s face and wears one for herself all the time. She is one to always encourage me her favorite quote “Only your best is good enough.” Everyone likes a person who is happy about their achievements, but continues to strive for bigger and better objectives right? My sister is a fighter, a hard worker and a courageous young lady.

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  22. Role models are a weird concept. All your life your taught to be different. “Don’t let anyone ever tell you you’re not special,” they’d say. “Be an individual.” You know, stuff like that. And yet, we’re taught this idea of role models. Someone you should strive to be like. Someone who resembles/ embodies what you should be or what you want to be. The two ideas, being an individual and finding a role model, seem to contradict each other at first glance. But looking further into it, you see that who your role model doesn’t determine who your set you be exactly. It determines what you want to be like. That word, that little nuance, provides for endless opportunities to forge your own path, and to strive to be the best you you could be. Is it necessary to have a role model in life? No. But it can make a heck of a difference in accomplishing your goals. I found my role model in not one person, but a group of people. The history teachers at my school have taught me what exactly I want to be like later in life. Being a teacher has been a goal of mine for a long time, but what kind of a teacher hasn’t been so clear to me until I was in high school. My teachers helped me shape my personality. They helped me take the best qualities of all of them and bring them together into one person. Into… well, into me. And while my role models have helped me become who I am, it’s important to remember the concept of a role model. They’re a model you strive to be LIKE, not someone you should be a replica of.

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  23. No one person can be an ideal role model for someone. Everyone has their own ideal of the person who they strive to be and who they want to become. There might not be a direct role model in everyone’s lives, but the people who we adore and respect throughout our lives become the ones who inspire us and become our role models in our everyday life. Those who we surround ourselves with are able to mold us and create the people who we become. If we surround ourselves with people that we respect and think highly of then it means that you are surrounding yourself with role models. As we interact with people who we do not want to be like and those who we do not think much of than we are giving ourselves things that we want to stay away from and as their lives spiral down it makes it so we can learn from others mistakes. A perfect role model honestly does not exist in my beliefs. So even if their is one person who we strive to follow in their footsteps and aim to have the same personal successes, there will always be others around who we are unknowingly striving to become ain different aspects. The world is filled with great people everywhere and together we help each other grow to be the best that we can as we watch and learn from others. Role models surround us whether or not we view them as a good or evil, but no matter what they are modeling an aspect of our life that we want to become or steer clear of making them change our life.

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  24. I believe that having a role model is one of the most important parts of being succesful in life. Having someone to look up to gives you motivation to live out your dreams and strive for the things you believe in. My biggest role model is my mother. She is someone who never gives up, someone who perseveres through the hardest times in life and still manages to smile. She has gone through many struggles in life including the death of her mother at age nine. Ever since she had to watch her mother get sick and was cared for my the most sympathetic nurses she had the passion to take care of others. She paid for her own education and got her LPN after high school. She always had the passion for furthering her education and finally got accepted into an RN program three years ago. She never gave up on her education even though she wanted to many times. She stepped up to the challenge of going to school full time, keeping her part time job and being a full time mother of two. She is the most giving and selfless person I know and always puts the needs of others before her own. I could go on all day about the struggles she has faced but she is always there for me every step of my life. She gives me advice and helps me to make the best decisions I can. I tell her everything and she is my best friend, she inspires me to be my best self and gives me the desire to be just like her in every aspect of my life. She is the reason I wanted to go to nursing school and is also the reason I will focus and strive in everything I do at this school. She never gives up on anything or anyone and truly brings out the best in me and anyone she meets. I wouldn’t be the person I am today without her.

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  25. My Role Model
    I have a lot of role models in my life but the one that has affected me to become a better person is my Aunt. My aunt has always been there for me since birth. Whenever there was a bad situation she would always remind me that there is always a big lesson behind; everything happens for a reason. She is a very spiritual person and this is very beneficial for me because it calms me down when I am on my lowest mood. Getting advices from her are actually has affected me tremendously. Her messages as an Individual not only helped me but also helped becomes a better, loving and caring person to others as well . My aunt also told me to love others even if they are mean to you because at the end of the day being mean to someone will not give me any peace. My aunt is similar to Jesus because when Jesus was on this earth he influenced people to become a better person not just for yourself but also others. Jesus put himself before others and that is how my aunt is too.

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    • I like how you connected your role model to a family member. I did my Umass believe on family, and there’s an unspoken area where role models can lead into your family which makes that respect and that role model you look up to that more inspiring and relevant in your life.

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  26. Reginald Metellus, Campus Diversity & Outreach Liaison

    This We Believe: “I believe in leading others by example and empowerment.”

    If when I was in high school someone would have told me that I would someday serve as a leader to my peers in my campus community, it’s hard to believe that I would be the same person I am today.
    Attending UMass Dartmouth was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made because it gave me the platform to evolve myself and others at the same time. Before attending the university, I didn’t exactly know what I was looking for in life other than being successful. I had no idea that today I would be looked at as a source of empowerment and inspiration to not only myself but to my greater community.

    Before receiving my acceptance letter to the College Now Program here at the university, I had lost all hope on my ability to succeed let alone help someone else succeed. High school was a very rough time for me, both at home and in the classroom. At home, my mom was facing a serious financial situation that began to break her down emotionally and mentally. This led to me getting my first job at the age of 14 at a local library. In the classroom, from being bullied my first year in high school to getting lost in the wrong crowd, I was never really focused on my potential and what life after high school would look like until it was time to apply for college.

    The first time, I physically laid eyes on UMD (during a school tour) I knew that this would be my new battlefield and that no matter what it takes, I would get in and graduate. At the time, being successful to me meant following what my parents envision for myself: to become a doctor, an engineer or some big shot lawyer; and for the first three years of my undergraduate career I followed that path. Not in tune with my soul, I would later find out that being successful to me meant being an example to students in my community and inspiring them to be their greatest version.

    One of the first activities I was involved with on campus was being an Orientation Leader. From being inspired at my Orientation by some of the other student leaders at the time, I wanted to be a resource to students on campus like them and “stand out” from the crowd. From there, I went on to become an RA, Peer Mentor to students in the College Now Program, Campus Conference Liaison, and eventually switching my major from Civil Engineering to Management and continuing to serve the campus community through the Student Government Association.

    Throughout my time at UMass Dartmouth and in these roles, I was able to be more in charge of my success in different ways I wouldn’t expect. Through working on campus during the summer months, I managed to lose 100 pounds, which my peers quickly noticed. I was able to become more confident in myself and in my skills through the different leadership roles I endeavored on campus. But most importantly, I began inspiring my friends and peers to wanting to take the same control, and they began following in my steps! I had friends who used me as motivation and lost tons of weight completely transforming their lives. Students I was once an OL, RA, or mentor to, were now breaking out their shells and endeavoring these same roles and even beginning new student organizations on campus. I even had peers I didn’t even know begin asking me for personal advice and what strategies they could use to continue their enrollment at UMD. It was life-changing and it felt amazing!

    Having graduated and now serving the campus community from the professional side, I continue to believe in the value of leadership and effectively helping others rise through empowerment. I believe that every first-year student comes to UMass Dartmouth looking for a change, whether that’s new opportunities, new people, or a new identity. I can conclude (even though I questioned it before) that leaders or people who want to lead are made and not born. To me, leadership is a mindset and is genuine. UMass Dartmouth is “World Class Within Reach” and this is because of its students and the environment they create here for themselves and each other. You don’t have to be a business major in order to be able to lead. I believe that we as UMass Dartmouth Corsairs can lead other in our community through examples of our endeavors, empowering others to reach their greatest potential in all that they do in their daily activities, and inspire the next generation in our Corsair family to be these same types of leaders.

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  27. Role models are people we look up to but some are just people that influence us to do wrong or right. For example I have many role models my first role model is my parents. Everyday I can hear them both wake up before the sun rises to go work. Both working long hours, one behind the wheel of a Boston cab the other as a cashier at Hudson news in the airport. To put food and clothes on my back and a roof over my head. Everyday they seem to be happy and try to seem to not be tired but you can them exhausted and wanting to sleep.

    My second role model is my siblings. Even though they can go out with their friends all the time they make it out their way to help me when I’m in a stressful place and need someone to talk to or get advice from. I know I can always rely on them if I need them for something but most of all they helped me get to college.

    My third role model is rapper Jermaine Lamar Cole or known as J Cole. He inspires me to live a humble life and shows me that everything you have is not going to be better than others. I believe everyone can be role models in their own ways but we all don’t have the same role models. Some role models can just be your professor or teacher.

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  28. Throughout my life I’ve had many role models. There were some musicians I looked up to, some athletes on TV, and even members of my family. I believe having role models in your life especially when you are growing up are very important. They have a way of shaping who you are and helping you figure out what type of person you want to be. One of my biggest role models was my first guitar teacher. I started when I was 8 or 9 and he was one of the best guitar players I’ve ever seen. I knew when I grew up I wanted to be just as good as him. I believe that role models affect your entire life and the people you look up to can change everything about your life. The only thing more important than having role models is being one. If you get really good at something or become a leader and people look up to you, that’s when you know you are someone’s role model. I believe that role models are a necessity throughout everyone’s life, and it’s up to you to be those people.

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  29. Role models are important no matter what you strive to be. If you want to be especially good at something it is important to have a good role model to look up to. As little kids most often our role models are older family members or a teacher that taught us important life lessons. Later in life when you’ve narrowed down the path of your life and have an idea of what you want to do, your role model(s) might change, as what you want to become changes, the people who guide you to that goal also will. Role models are not only an example of what you want to become but they serve as guidlines to put you on the right path to achieve whatever you want. The knowledge and experience that role models are able to give you is not something that you can learn anywhere except from someone with actual hands on experience that has a passion for what they do. Anyone who has ever been great at something was amazed by someone before them and it inspired them to be just like that person. The relationship between a role model and an amateur is interesting becuase both people ideally benefit from it. The role model is able to spread their knowledge to a younger generation but they also get to see someone else with the same passion for what they love and they can relive the moments that they are providing for everyone else. Whoever you are and whatever you want to acieve in life, it will be easier if you know where you have to get to and if you know how to get there, role models are the best source of information when specifics are needed.

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  30. Role models are a great examples of motivation and help many young people believe that they can do anything they want as long as they work hard enough. There are many role models who came from bad and poor backgrounds but they still became successful no matter the odds. This shows the next generation that anyone no matter your race or gender that you can be what you want to be.
    My first role model would have to be Eminem because of the path he had to take to become the best rapper of recent times. His struggle shows that no matter where you come from that you can be successful. My second role model is Abraham Lincoln because during his time as president he changed history for the better and if it was not for him out country today would be totally different. He faced tremendous odds but still persevered in a bad time for America Economically and politically.
    My Final role model is Bill gates because he is one of the richest people on the planet and helps the poor and uneducated people around the planet we call earth. He donates millions of dollars to the poorest people in the world and saves their lives in the process. Role models are very important for the next generations because they give people hope and belief that they can achieve their dreams. Which gives us the next roles models for the youth coming up. In conclusion role models are vital to getting the smartest young people to follow their dreams.

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  31. I believe that it is important to have a well respected and well rounded role model in life. If you grow up without a strong role model in your life it is difficult to mature and become a well rounded human. A strong role model can help you mold the way you live and help you progress into a good person. An example of a good role model is my uncke earl. He set the ground work for the man I strive to become. He was a well respected man who showed me what it means to be a great person. He sadly passed away a couple years ago and has left a lasting impression on me and everyone that knew him. This is what I strive to become as a man, someone who is loved, someone who is respected, someone who is praised after they have passed on. It is important to respect people and love people, this was taught to me by my uncle. Role models are important in life because they show you from right and wrong and how you should treat people. They show you how to behave and how to judge a persons character. My uncle was a perfect example of a great role model, who can be looked up to and can be asked for advice when you are in a tough situation and don’t know what to do. These are the reasons I will miss my uncle and the reasons why it is important to have a well rounded role model that can show you you’re way in life.

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  32. I would say that my mom is my role model because of how strong she has been through out her life. When she was a kid she never had a real solidified father figure in the picture. She had 3 brothers and none of them had the same father. Her step father was actually one of the more successful drug dealers in the area, and her mother was high almost all day. Even through that she was able to raise herself and get herself out of that situation. She had one goal at the time and that was to join the United states marine corps.. She accomplished just that and got to see the world in a life changing experience.
    She survived cancer three times, one of those being ovarian cancer. The doctors said that she could never have a child. She kept on trying with my father who was also a part of the marine corps. and her I am today. Most kids never truly realize what it means to give up everything for your children. My mother gave up the Marines to raise me, my father felt that he couldn’t and stayed. Eventually they split up and from what I have heard, to this day he is still in the marines. She truly gave up everything for me. Since i got to see both sides of commitment, I feel like I can better understand what my mother has worked for. She has gone through so many things to get to where she is now and I am proud to say that my mother is my role model.

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  33. I believe that this topic is one of the most important pieces of life. When most people think about role models, they make up a list of people that influence them and demonstrate a valuable personality. When I think about this subject, I think about the stress that is included in being one. Ever since the age of three, I have had a younger brother. From that day until the day I went to college, we have shared a room and have been as close as brothers get. Personally, I think I could have done a lot better at doing my job as an influence in his life. I definitely do not regret it, however. He has not only learned from the good things that I have done, he has learned from all of my mistakes also. I looked up to my dad for most of my life and I still strive to be exactly like him. He works far from home and gets home as much as he can, but there is still a lot that I can learn from. He is there for my brother too but I am a lot closer to my brother than my dad is. That is why it is so important for me to be the way I am. I have realized over the years that I am not failing with this achievement. I can see that he is growing to be exactly like me, but better. All of my flaws and all of my weaknesses are nonexistent in his world, yet he still shows all my best traits. It has been an honor assisting in his life and guiding him through when it gets tough. Throughout this though of role models I have made one special conclusion. I am not his role model, he is mine.

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