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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.
Later in the year we...

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