Describe A Person Who Has Influenced You

             Everyone is affected by certain events or individuals that greatly change their life. Many people have
             influenced me during my life. Three wonderful friends that have had a special effect on me are
             Robert, Tiffany and Ashley. In the four years that I have known them well, they have been my best
             friends, and have helped to transform me from a lonely middle school scholar into a happy senior
             with a decent social life.
             Popular wisdom has it that, "You judge a man by his friends." Earlier in my life, that would have been
             difficult, because I had few friends other than my cousins. I concentrated mostly on school and
             sports, paying little attention to life outside my studies. My high grades made me the target of torment
             during elementary school, the name calling: nerd, geek, and worse, was so bad that I was ostracized
             by some of the class, and I shielded myself by further isolation. My Middle School experience was
             no different. I was still a loner. All the dances passed by, and I found other, solitary ways to occupy
             myself. I rarely took time to hang out with fellow students during weekends or vacation time. Then
             came high school, and in Mrs. Krawet's Global Studies I class I sat next to this energetic guy named
             Robert, who joked about the no-brained teenagers working in 7-11's, made fun of the way our
             teacher dramatized the pronunciation of the Huang-Ho and Yangtze Rivers, and satirized the
             teacher's methodology of hand-signals for facts, generalizations, and cause/effect. Finding common
             ground in our senses of humor, and love of the TV Simpson's, we grew acquainted with each other.

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