I’m Brian Yep, and I’m a second year at UCLA. If you’re around me long enough, you’ll probably notice that I smile a lot. Some people, even those who have known me for a long time, have told me that they have not even once seen me without a smile on. In high school, I was voted to have the “best smile.” I suppose that’s what I do. I smile.
An interesting part of my smile is that I’m missing some teeth, and the two missing teeth are right smack in the middle of my mouth. People don’t notice it now since I have retainers to fill in the gaps. But before then, the spaces between teeth were beyond noticeable, along with the metal braces I had. For some reason, I still smiled a lot even when I had all those flaws with my smile. I suppose I’m the kind of person who’s optimistic, happy go lucky, believes that tomorrow’s always a better day, laughs a lot, etc. It’s better for me to go through each day with a positive attitude from start to finish, while trying not to let negative things get the better of me. And for some reason, that’s the way it’s been with me for most of my life. That’s just who I am
I’m not saying that I smile every waking moment of my life, but that it has somewhat embodied my personality. It’s the way of non verbally expressing to everyone what exactly I’m all about; a simple gesture to others that conveys who I really am. It’s been with me for a long time, coming from my dad’s influence. He pretty much has the same personality as me, and I suppose that being around him for a long time was enough for me to become the smiling person I am today. But showing off my pearly whites not only shows off who I am, but makes me feel better on a daily basis too. That’s why I do it.