My Educational Inspiration

Who has been the greatest influence in your life?

My experience has taught me that there are numerous ways to learn. I have always been inclined to learn independently, following my grandfather’s own pursuit of knowledge. It is because of this influence that I have succeeded academically and have been enthusiastic about my interests outside the classroom.

My maternal grandfather was born in 1912. He was forced to abandon his education to help his family. He only attended school through the sixth grade. Despite this, my grandfather became somewhat of a scholar. He was a man who not only read all the classics but also sought to constantly improve himself through self-help books. I was lucky enough to receive the benefit of his knowledge during the time he lived with my family. With his help, I quickly learned how to read. He read to me every day and even made flash cards to help me study. His love of reading is shared by my whole family and its effect can be seen throughout the house – there is not a single room in my home without a book. My teachers have always been impressed with how well-read I am and I know that my love of literature originated from my grandfather.

My grandfather also instilled in me a love of languages. By his 80th birthday he could speak fluent Spanish,...

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