Most Influential Role Models

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    Posted on Friday, Nov 10, 2017
    As cliché as it may seem, my parents have without a doubt been the most influential role models in my life. I have a hard time picking just one of them as the single most important mentor in my life because they have both influenced me immensely, but in such different ways. Picking just one of them would be diminishing the impact the other has had on my life! The inspiration that they have offered me over the course of my short life so far often overlaps and integrates, thus shaping me into the person I am today.

    My mom has modeled exactly what it means to be everything a mother should be to her children- and beyond. She has always balanced her level of warmth while providing boundaries for me as I was growing up, provided an unmatched friendship while maintaining her authority as my mother, and put me back together when my world was falling apart unlike anyone else. When I imagine myself as a mother in the distant future, she embodies everything I hope to be.

    As for my father, he has always modeled what it means to be a strong worker, as well as what a commendable work ethic looks like. As a child, I have always seen him sacrifice to provide for everything his family could ever need or desire, which instilled a strong work ethic in myself starting at a very young age. Because I have seen my father sacrifice sleep, time, and leisure, I now do the same with any task I am given so I can complete it to the best of my ability. Not only did my father model hard work and dedication, he has also always embodied leadership and oftentimes reminded me that leadership was my destiny as well. This helped allow me to develop the other aspect of my personality- a leader. As I grew up, I followed in my father’s footsteps to become a leader with my own drive, opinions, and perspectives. Additionally, the leadership qualities passed on to me from my father makes it impossible for me to complete anything without my full effort.

    No task is too small to require 110% of my attention, which is what I bring to the table with everything I set out to accomplish. With both of my parents as my role models, I can only hope to be half the people they are to me as I continue to not only age, but grow as a human. I am thankful that they have raised me to be malleable enough to be shaped by their mentoring, open to self-improvement, and hesitant to allow the world outside of my role models to change me.
     
    By: Alexandria Frengler, College of Liberal Arts
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