Influence





Although I am only sixteen years old and in the eleventh grade of high school, many things have influenced me and caused me to be the person that I am today. I hope that these things will continue to help me be a better person and influence me as my life continues. Some of the things that have influenced me have been church, my family, my friends, and school.
First of all, church has greatly influenced many different aspects of my life and caused me to be the person I am today. I have always been taught to treat others with respect and to treat them how I would want to be treated. This has caused me to try to be considerate of others’ feelings and thoughts as much as I can. I also respect other people’s property and take care of it just as I would my own. I have also been taught at church to respect those in authority including my parents, teachers, and elders. I also have participated in church activities such as choir and video production. This has helped me to improve my social skills by interacting with other people. These things have influenced me and made me the person I am today.
In addition to being influenced by church and religion, I have also been influenced by my family. My parents have always been there for me and supported me in all I do. They encourage me in my schoolwork as well as my extra-curricular activities. They attend all my concerts and things I participate in including church activities. My grandparents have also influenced me in what I am today. My grandfather is a minister and has always encouraged me to do well and have high morals. They have always done special things such as taking me on trips to show me how much they love me. My sister has also helped me be the person I am today. She has been a role model to me in many things. She has encouraged me to do well in school because she excelled and was valedictorian of her class. She also has an outgoing personality and has been a role model socially.
My friends have also influenced me and made me what I am today. They have stood behind me even when I may not have always been right. They have helped me develop my social skills. My friends have also participated with me in many activities. Since we have a lot of the same interests, we have spent a lot of time together. They have helped me be the person I am today.
Last of all, many aspects of school have made me the person I am today. Several teachers have influenced me and encouraged me to achieve. They have made me believe in myself when I felt that I could not complete the work. They have also helped me to find my interests. Attending school has also influenced me. Because I am around other students, I have developed better social skills. I also have learned responsibility because I have to be punctual and turn my assignments in on time. I have learned how to manage my time and get my priorities straight.
In conclusion, I feel that many things have influenced me and made me the person I am today. My religious beliefs have influenced me because I have learned certain truths. My family has also played a large role in influencing my life. My parents, grandparents, and sister have all helped me be a better person. My friends have influenced my social life and always stood behind me. Last of all, school has helped me learn responsibility and time management. I hope these things will continue to influence and make me a better person.




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