We are told from a young age how unique and special we are. Our parents take every opportunity to praise our accomplishments and build our self-esteem knowing that the outside world won’t be as kind. So what are we to say when we’re all grown up and asked “what makes you unique”, when we were never told the exact reason; it was just a given that because you are you, you are therefore unique. Am I unique because of my determination to succeed, my optimistic attitude or my willingness to learn? Am I unique because I love hiking, boating, and all things dog related? Probably not. What defines me is my personality. My ability to empathize, to be approachable and to make others feel unique even if they don’t know why yet. I am unique because I know my potential and I help others see their own.