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Under the Influence Then Above the Influence

“Don’t strive to make your presence noticed, just make your absence felt!”

I used to be very materialistic and egocentric.  I simply thought that money could do anything and that being rich meant being successful.  I firmly believed that money would bring me happiness, respect, and success.  I wanted to impress the others by showing how smart I was and the many expensive things I owned.  However, I was too young and naïve to recognize the many other things life has to offer.  In the…

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Added by Soohan Kim on January 31, 2011 at 9:00pm — No Comments

For the people I love, and my future.

When we first got this assignment I was excited to look into my life and explore myself.  “Why do you do what you do?” Once I sat down and really thought about the answer to that question, I realized the answer wasn’t all that simple. First, I made a list of my daily activities that basically define me as a person. I am Student- Athlete at the University of California Los Angeles. I play on the Women’s Water polo Team, and am a second year English major.  That was it; these two things are what… Continue

Added by Emily Greenwood on January 31, 2011 at 8:00pm — 1 Comment

TO Reshape Identity

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I have always been told that I am a great child who is capable of absolutely anything.  I have never doubted this, but I do realize that there are certain limitations to my potential.  I don’t consider those limits in my life journey though.  

I was raised in a Hispanic household who was…

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Added by Christian Duran on January 31, 2011 at 5:30pm — No Comments

Because nothing else in the world makes me feel so free

Four years ago a single tree stopped me from falling off a sixty foot cliff.  Last year my brother dug me out of a tree well just as my lungs were running out of oxygen.  Two concussions, three broken thumbs, a hyper-extended knee, and a back that will hurt for the rest of my life later, there is still nothing I would rather do in this world than go skiing.

   

I have no memories of learning how to ski.  My dad had me in ski boots before I turned three, and by the time I was eight or… Continue

Added by James Poss on January 31, 2011 at 5:19pm — 1 Comment

Soccer

Dakota Collins

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            My passion and my joy is playing soccer. Why I do it is for a number of reasons from the simple to the more personal. First I’ll start with the simple and that would be that for me soccer is something that I deeply enjoy when I play I forget all of the stresses in my life and focus solely on the pure joy that the game gives me. I started playing soccer at the age of six and loved it and at first I…

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Added by Dakota Collins on January 31, 2011 at 4:58pm — No Comments

What does a little pressure have to do with it?

As a child growing up, I have never really had the option of failing. It has always been my mother who has encouraged me to do my best, to get a better education, to work with my brain and not my body, and to live a slightly better life than she did. She has encouraged me and supported me throughout my life.

 As a people pleaser, I find it extremely difficult to let down those around, especially my mom, and myself. There’s a pressure to continue doing well in school, to get into a…

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Added by Monica Gutierrez on January 31, 2011 at 4:32pm — No Comments

Because I don't want to miss out.

It is difficult to answer a question as broad as “Why do you do what you do?” without putting much thought in beforehand. There are so many different areas of life that this question can apply to, and to be honest, I never explicitly thought about the reasons as to why I do what I do before this project was assigned. Once I managed to get past the obvious answers of “to get into college” or “my parents want me to” or “to get a good job”, I… Continue

Added by Dillon Knowlton on January 31, 2011 at 3:59pm — No Comments

For HIS Glory

I do what I do because I believe that I am getting to closer and closer to living how I was created to live. I am not perfect and I am never going to be, but I can strive daily to love and live by faith. I live for Jesus Christ and for His glory. I want to live a life that shows I am not worth anything, but He is worth everything. Jesus has changed my life and shown me that the objects of this world will never satisfy me. The way that people view me and the friends I have will never satisfy…

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Added by Mason Butts on January 31, 2011 at 3:59pm — No Comments

Because No is not an option.

“If the pain continues you may want to consider giving up water polo all together.” These are the words of a doctor I saw just a few days ago. Within the past month I have learned that I have two fractured vertebrae and a bulging disc in my back. The doctors don’t know how I got these fractures but all I know is they are irritating my nerves causing me immense pain in my lower back. Never in a million years did I think that I would have to give up sports all together. My parents raised me…

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Added by Leslee Kaczmarek on January 31, 2011 at 3:22pm — 1 Comment

The reasons..

I do the stuff I do because I feel the need to do it. The answer is plain and simple: because I can't live without it. My teacher used to ask me, "Why do we do music?" and she would reply to her own question by saying, "because we have to do it." I completely agree with her. However, my opinions weren't so strong until about recently. When I first started playing the piano, I felt the need to do something, who knows what, I was searching for something I can do, something valuable and something… Continue

Added by Jisu Shin on January 31, 2011 at 3:10pm — No Comments

Debate gave me a voice

I was born into an athletic family. My mom is a marathon runner and avid swimmer, and my dad, a former collegiate wrestler, makes a living teaching PE and coaching track. Even before I was born, my parents looked forward to sharing their love of physical discipline and competition with me. Unfortunately, that didn’t happen. I was born with a single ventricle heart; I have had three open-heart surgeries in my twenty-one years, and while my condition is now stable, I will never be able to… Continue

Added by Christopher Maciel on January 31, 2011 at 2:00pm — No Comments

I Know I am Broken

Deviously pushing a pot of spaghetti to the ground and reaching my hand toward a scorching stove top, my mother belted NO as she tossed her salad bowl to the side and rushed toward me. This memory is the first time I can remember hearing no, a word that defined part of my childhood. As I sat in Saddleback Hospital’s emergency room, it was the start of a realization that sometimes no is said for a reason and that my initial instinct is not always right. As I grew from toddler to fifth grader to… Continue

Added by Jacob Foreman on January 31, 2011 at 11:45am — No Comments

Breaking the Rules

I do what I because I am me, Kelley McCarroll-Gilbert.  I consider my actions to be the best possible decisions depending on the situation.  At the end of the day when I think about my activities, I want to feel better about myself knowing that I have made a difference.  I want to help make someone else’s day better and reached out to someone who was having a rough day.  I do what I do because of who I am.   I do what I would want someone else to do for me.

I do what I do because I do…

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Added by Kelley McCarroll-Gilbert on January 31, 2011 at 11:02am — No Comments

I do what I believe

Why do you do what you do? How many people in this world would have thought about this question or had answers for it? Why do you eat only three times a day, sleep lately and wake up lately, watch Japanese TV shows, have thousands of facebook friends, buy smart phones and tablet PCs, listens to the hip hop, study at Powell, hate math, gossip with friends at Starbucks for hours, use Mac PC, or drink alcohol? Will we be able to have just one simple answer that can explain all of these specific…

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Added by Sanghyun Cho on January 31, 2011 at 10:56am — No Comments

My parents finally moved to a one-bedroom apartment in Los Angeles when they first arrived from the Philippines. On March 15, 1988, Kevin Earl Briones was born. That same day, he had also passed away…

My parents finally moved to a one-bedroom apartment in Los Angeles when they first arrived from the Philippines. On March 15, 1988, Kevin Earl Briones was born. That same day, he had also passed away. Kevin is my older brother or as we say in Tagalog, kuya. It was that event that allowed my family to move to a town about 40 minutes away called Norwalk.

On May 14, 1991, Tatiana Marie Briones was born, the second child to Renato and Evelyn Briones. Kuya Kevin's death was at the…

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Added by Tatiana Briones on January 31, 2011 at 10:47am — No Comments

What Makes Me Different From the Next Person

People have their interests. People have different perspectives. People respond differently when placed in certain situations. But how does one judge whether something is right or just? Or how does one judge whether something is moral? Virtually, no one can tell me what to do. Though the government legally can lean your actions to what is best towards society, but does that mean I am being truly autonomous? So, why do we do what we do?



People question themselves from time to time if… Continue

Added by Jason Sarmiento on January 31, 2011 at 10:28am — 1 Comment

Because if i wait to long no one will show up



I fear living a life in solitude. I would do anything to prevent loosing a friend even if it means masking my emotions or putting others before myself. Until I can satisfy their needs, then will I be happy with myself. I do what I do so I wont have to sit alone waiting for someone.  Pleasing others and knowing that I have not yet disappointed them is what I do. The last thing I want is for my friends to loose faith in me, unable to find me reliable or hold a promise. Everyone wants to…

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Added by Joshua Macadangdang on January 31, 2011 at 10:20am — No Comments

Because Two is Better Than One

People have always automatically faulted me for being an only child. Whether they vocalized it or not, I could tell in their eyes that they were already forming opinions about me. Sure, being an only child has its perks but most of the time I find myself wishing that I had a younger brother or sister.

 

Car rides were especially lonely as a kid, not having anyone to pick a fight with or to swap stories with. I yearned for even the simplest of things. As I got older, I found it…

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Added by Stephanie Tran on January 31, 2011 at 9:11am — 1 Comment

For the thrill of the chase                   Why do you do what you do?         Although there are some things in life that I might never be able to obtain and some dreams that wont ever come true i…

For the thrill of the chase

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Why do you do what you do?

 

      Although there are some things in life that I might never be able to obtain and some dreams that wont ever come true it is the pursuit of these things that keeps me…

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Added by Matt Hanley on January 31, 2011 at 9:01am — No Comments

I need to know everything before I can do anything

It was the last year of my high school. I still had no idea what I want to study in college. At that time, I was not even sure if I want to go to the college. I wanted to be a writer. I had full of ideas in my head. I just wanted to start my career as a writer rather than spending time studying something else. Of course, none of my family besides my grandfather agreed with it. I fought with my parents to the point we stopped talking for a month. During that time, my grandfather told me “If…

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Added by Kai Shu on January 31, 2011 at 9:00am — No Comments

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