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
That night we took a trip through the haunted house; we were blinded by the strobe light in the basement, and scared out of our wits when a 'ghost' jumped out of a fake coffin and started up a chain-saw. On Halloween we all went trick-or-treating in Ashley's neighborhood, with Robert dressed as an outrageous mime, and I in the less exotic costume of a carpetbagger. Knowing them has been one of the highlights of my life, and they have surely left their footprints on my soul. In March, Tiffany invited me to her Sweet Sixteen birthday party, the first major social occasion that I had attended in years. After wasting most of the afternoon watching TV, we highlighted the review book, and we were finally ready for the big test. Although I still spend significant time on schoolwork, I enjoy life much more, and my grades remain high. Tenth grade would be a notable year. Finding common ground in our senses of humor, and love of the TV Simpson's, we grew acquainted with each other. I will always remember the wonderful time we all had dancing and celebrating. Last fall Tiffany and Ashley convinced me to go to the Homecoming dance, and I began to realize all the fun that life has to offer. I rarely took time to hang out with fellow students during weekends or vacation time. 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 causeeffect.