1. My mother always told me I was the strangest baby she’d seen. Not that she didn’t love me completely, but she had started with the eldest, Breanna, and she was the cutest baby I’d ever seen. I had big eyes “like an alien” and always had my first two fingers in my mouth-not my thumb. The strangeness carried on to my toddler years, seeing as I still continued to suck me two first fingers on my left hand, and couldn’t speak until I was three. It took a lot for me to be on my best behavior, yet it took a lot for me to be mean. I was a confused and curious child, and to others, I was perplexing. I still am, I guess, trying to figure out the ways of the world and the person I’m wanting to be. The only surety I have in life is that I love to write. Sure, I love Netflix and movies and fandoms and hanging out with friends, like most teenagers. But writing, I feel, is my single entity, my most defining factor. Being raised by caring parents, and (mostly) fun siblings, I know I will always have someone by my side. Which is more then most people can ask for. I love animals, and anything country chic. I don’t love school though, and am not a great student. But, although I know not who I am, I know the things around me, and that most of all, is how I choose to live my life-being aware of the things around me and being able to live my life the way I want to.

This song, “Brown Eyed Girl” by Van Morrison had a deep emotional attachment to me because when I was younger my dad used to sing this song to my mom all the time. She would tell him, “You shouldn’t sing that. Brown eyes are so boring, you shouldn’t try and convince me they’re so beautiful.” But he would just keep singing it, and you could tell she was secretly happy.

3. Picture of Friday night

I’m hanging out with friends in this picture, before the football game. I like fe being around people, (even though it doesn’t show it in this picture), but it’s my favorite thing to do.

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  • Theodore Giesel
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The first person who I would say I admire would be one of the greatest imaginations of all time, Dr. Seuss. His real name is, as stated above, Theodore Geisel. I, wanting to be a writer myself, can only fathom how someone could create such worlds from just his mind, and in top of that write in such marvelous rhymes that although appear just for children, can be enjoyed by anyone. His writing, his books, is what I base my own ambitions on. I wish to become a respected author, just as he was.

  • Emily Blunt
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I admire Emily Blunt very much, because I can relate to her. Ages seven to fourteen, Blunt had a very bad stutter that made it hard for her to communicate to people. It was only when her junior high teachers advised her to join the school play, (and only after much pushing did she finally join), that Blunt finally overcame her stutter because of the voices and accents she could practice for the play. Although I didn’t have a stutter, I know what it’s like to feel like you’re unable to communicate with those around you. I know the feeling of having a million things to say but instead just sitting there wondering and worrying what bad things could happen if you tried. So, seeing Blunt be so successful, and a actor no less, I’m still able to take strength from her story.

  • Jim Carrey
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Jim Carrey is probably my favorite speaker of all time. His dad lost his job at age 14, and he and his family had to stay in a VW van on a relative’s lawn. Soon after he took an eight-hour-per-day factory job after school every day to help out. At age 15, he tried stand up comedy for the first time and completely bombed, but still wasn’t discouraged. At 16, he quit school to focus on comedy full-time. From his background and perseverance, Carrey has made an amazing career and name. Sure, most people just see the guy as a goof. But when you hear him speak, you realize he is so much more than just the comedy relief.

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I chose this picture because I think it greatly signifies what I want to do, not only in the future, but now. I chose to have a picture saying “chapter one” because that’s my greatest trial of being an author: starting a book. I can write chapters five through the end, knowing the characters, and understanding (mostly) how the story is going to go, but choosing how and when the story takes place? How the hero starts their journey, or who gets the first chapter? I find it extremely difficult. So, my biggest dream that I hope to accomplish is not finishing a book, but starting and finishing one.

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I think the first thing you have to mention when talking about the idea of life in America, is the idea that you really do have some amazing freedoms. I chose this picture because I believe, in America, you can do and say and believe so many different things, not to mention, act on them. You can be your own person, spread your own ideas, and the live the life you want to, if you only have the drive and desire to do so. The picture to me, signifies the boundless creativity, imagination, and intelligence people have. And I think America is a great place to spread your strengths and make your life as best it can be.

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I think this is a great illustration of America. The U.S. is a melting pot. And although there are some issues of how well each group gets along with another, I still believe as a whole, we are pretty great at understanding each other (or at least trying to). Because, the fact of the matter is that we are all Americans. If you live in America, you consider yourself American. (And if you don’t, then there isn’t much business for you being here). Being in America, and living in America, should give you a sense of pride and belonging. It’d part of your identity, I believe. So, I chose the picture because it shows that: no matter where you come from, once you decide to end up in America, you can always proudly call yourself that. No American is native. We choose to be called that, and be categorized as that. And, I think, that is what makes us special.

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I think American lifestyle can be see as arrogant, stubborn, and gluttonous. But, I think America, most of all- most importantly-the U.S. stands for hope and prosperity. The “pursuit of happiness” isn’t just a exaggerated statement about Americans freedom. It’s an actual, real, achievable thing that America offers you. Although Americans can be seen as full of themselves, I still think we have a right to some price in our country. I chose this picture because during the time of the extreme immigration to America during the Industrial Revolution, people would flood Ellis Island and try to become a citizen. But, before they even reached the port, they would see the Statue of Liberty, and it would bring them great happiness. The statue has been a symbol of our freedom and boundless opportunity to people of all colors and cultures.

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