“You have to do your own growing no matter how tall your grandfather was.” These wise words were said by one of the brightest, most loved presidents, Abraham Lincoln. I find this quote very inspiring and relevant to my essay because although many many things have inspired me and shaped me throughout my childhood, I believe one makes their own decisions. Family, friends, my community, schools, and teachers have influenced me a lot in how I view the world and have made my decision of continuing my education on to college.
Family has played a big role in me wanting to continue my education because my mom had many problems since coming to the United States with out an education. I have seen in the past thirteen years how my mom struggles to provide my sister and I with our necessities and I do not want that for myself or my children later on in life. My mom has always had problems showing her emotions which caused many fights between us, her attitude towards me is a bit cold and I feel that once she sees that I am doing something good with my life she will change her attitude towards me.
My community has greatly influenced my dreams and aspirations because of all the labels that people give the La Puente kids, especially if they’re Mexican! This has made me want to overcome the foolish stereotypes, attend college for at least four years, and become someone important. I know of people who went to Nogales and became doctors, lawyers, cops, and even famous football players or singers like Fergie. I know for a fact that I can do something just as great or even better than any of those professions. I will not be statistic of La Puente and I will attend a great 4 year college. Maybe if I had grown up in a different community I would feel different and even think it is okay to slack off.
I personally believe that the schools I have attended are wonderful and have given me great experience. All of my teachers have always been very motivational and I feel like most of...