I need to be useful, but I do not want to be used. My top three values are my family, responsibility, and trustworthiness. If I have no one else to turn to, I know my family will be there. I must be accountable for my own success and be able to depend on myself to take advantage of everything I can to gain that success. I need to be able to trust all that I have to offer the world; I need to be able to trust the world to notice me. I’m not sure if I would be the same if my mom didn’t raise me this way. She has definitely shaped most of my mind. Of course every child wants to rebel at some point, and we certainly have our differences, but I know that she has done everything in my best interest. My mom made sure I took advantage of every opportunity that would help me succeed in life. She pushed me hard to get involved in my community, focus on my academics, and engage in extracurricular activities. Without her guidance, I would not be where I am today. As a college student, I rarely have her available to do that anymore. But there are those before me who have picked up where she left off. They want to see me succeed and make sure I know about the resources available to me. I want to pass on that knowledge to as many people as possible. By this, my community can bring itself up. This community I speak of is my family. It is my friends. It is those I look up to and those who look up to me. We have an unspoken agreement to be accountable for each other’s successes and failures. I am a sensitive and hopeful individual. I like to help people. I like to create opportunities. I like to give back. I’ve had a lot of help to get where I am and I want others to enjoy the same success. If someone doesn’t know an opportunity exists, they cannot take advantage of it. I know everyone has not had the privilege of having a role model. Not everyone has someone to guide them, to pick them up when they fall, to make sure they know right from wrong, and to ensure that they are on the path to greatness. I want to be that role model.

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