Le Moyne College, Gannon University, and Daemen College “Person of Influence” Essay
Prompt: Indicate a specific person who has had a significant influence on you, describe that influence.
There are many people in my life who have had an influence on me. I must say that my mother Danette White has had the most significant influence on me because she is always pushing me to do better and has also taught me to be independent and strong. I admire my mom for her strength and independence and for pushing me to be different.
I have always thought of my mom as strong and independent. My mom is the mother of four children, all of which she raised on her own. I know that raising children alone is not easy at all, which is one reason why I always thought of my mom as strong. My mom managed to work, raise her children and keep us happy and healthy. My mom has told me before that raising her children was hard and she did struggle at times. I commend my mother for staying strong and making her children her first priority. As I was growing up I learned to be independent from my mother. She has always taught me that if I wanted something or needed something done that I had to do it for myself. I learned to depend on no one but myself from my mother. I really look up to my mother for everything she has done to provide for her family, even during hard times.
My mother is the one person in my life that is constantly encouraging me in anything I do. Whenever I want to give up my mom is always there let me know that if I try my hardest at whatever I do I can succeeded at it. My mom has always done whatever she could to ensure that I had better opportunities in life including moving into a better neighborhood so that I could have a better education. I am very thankful for the move she decide to make because I know that I have greater opportunities at the school I attend now. While I was growing up my older siblings made a lot of mistakes that I know disappointed my mom. I have learned to listen to what my mother has to say because I know it is important to her that I learn from their mistakes as well as hers and do not make the same ones. Now that I am in high school my mom is always encouraging me to focus on what I want to be in life. My mom has always informed me that there will be downfall in life but I should never let them bring me down.
My mother is the most influential person in my life. I have learned so much from her, just from seeing her care for my siblings and myself. My mother has taught me that strength and independence are important in life and that I can never stop at what I want to do. I am very thankful for the support I receive from my mother.