" Indicate a person who has had a significant influence on you, and describe that influence.
Throughout my life, there has always been one person who I have looked up to and gone to for advice; my mom. She has been there for me through thick and thin, helping me with education, love, and everything else I have come across through my years in high school. No matter what mistakes I have made, she has continuously shown me nothing but patience and kindness. She has taught me how to be a better person, not through punishment, but through her actions and kind words. Not only is she my mother, but she is also my best friend.
When I was in first grade, my father passed away. Our family was already low on money, and after that we were even worse off. My mom had already been working several shifts at two jobs, but now realized that for us to keep food on the table she would need the education that she had previously decided not to get after high school. She found that without a college degree, it was hard for a struggling woman to get a job that would lead us to a better life. With the little money that we had, she decided on a degree in Web Design at New England Tech, and applied. She was accepted, and after four years of hard work and determination, she landed a job at American Power Conversion Corporation, and has worked there ever since. Slowly she began to move up the corporate ladder, becoming more successful.
Not only did my mom work two jobs, raise me, and attend classes daily, she also made sure that she had enough time to help me with anything I was troubled with. No matter how busy she was with homework for her classes, or with studying for an exam, she would always make sure that my grades were okay, and would help to teach me things I was struggling with. My mom always gave me the things that I needed, and more. If there was a time when I was a child that I really wanted something, no matter how low we were on money she would make sure that I had it, because my happiness was the most important thing to her. As I grew older she made sure she had time to talk to me about problems with relationships, or anything that I was confused about. She would always give me advice about the important things in life, and be sure to relate it back to her life and how it changed who she is. The things that I have chosen to do in my life are a product of my mother’s influence. She has made me a positive thinker, a person that people look up to, a great student. There has never been a time that I doubted that my mother brought anything but good into my life.
When I was younger, I didn't really appreciate all the things that were being done for me by my mom. I saw them being done, but I thought that that was how all families were. As I grew older I began to understand and respect the things that she did for me. I know that my mom will remain the most important and influential person in my life, because without her and all the things she has taught me along the way, I would not be the person I am today. Though my father’s death was one of the worst experiences I have ever gone through, it matured me a lot faster than other children my age. It showed me that I had to appreciate the things around me, because they will not be around forever. My mom has educated me in ways that she could not even begin to understand; she gave me hope for a better future, and gave me love when I needed it the most. I know that I can be a successful person because my mom has shown me the way."
I couldn't be more proud to be from this family. I have the greatest mom I could have ever hoped for, I have the coolest stepdad (not many people can say that!) and they have given me the person I am most proud of, my baby sister. My mom and I have a bond that is indescribable. A lot of people I know don't get along with their parents, and I couldn't be more thankful that we don't have that issue. I can't ever imagine fighting with my mom or not wanting to talk to her and listen to her advice, I appreciate her in ways that I can't describe with words (which is rare, I'm pretty good with them :p) and I just love her so, so much.
She sacrificed so much to try and give me a "normal" childhood, so that I didn't feel like I was missing out on anything. She worked harder than anyone I know for the things that we have, always without one word of complaint and never once asking anyone for help.
So the answer is yes, mom. I would love nothing more than to come out to California and spend a few months with you guys, to watch e-v. You have done so much for me, and I have so much to be thankful for. Any time you need me to help, you can count on it; because that's something you've shown me all along.