Growing Up in My Family Has Influenced My Life in Significant Ways

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Zara Shaikh
11th grade
Seema Shaikh
zshaikh@comcast.net
San Ramon Valley High
Essay Competition 2009

Growing up in an environment filled with a loving family and community has helped shape me into the person I have become. In return, I have learned to appreciate myself and the environment that I live in.

Growing up children are shaped by the morals, and beliefs that their parents invoke into their daily lives. The parents are a living role model for the child and their actions influence the child far more than verbal preaching can. Thus throughout my life my parents have urged me to be a confident individual, which is making me into a stronger person overall. Through the things they have taught me I have learned dedication, developed a caring attitude and general love for charity. Whatever I put my mind to I make sure that I accomplish no matter how trying it might be. I think this sense of dedication was instilled in me through my parents and my religion. Since I was young I have been attending Sunday school and year after year there is an emphasis on the dedication that the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) and his followers had to endure in order to succeed. Although I may seem as a hardcore and tough person on the outside, inside I am quite the opposite once you get to know me. I am always there for my friends in their time of need and am supportive of their decisions. I care about the underprivileged people of the world, and do not base my decision to help on religion or race. At some point in my life I would like to work with an organization that helps people, based just on humanity. Lastly, I appreciate the quality of charity, not only in myself, but also in others. Just like the dedication that is incorporated in my life, the life long goal of giving to others has been taught by both my parents and the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh). It is interesting to know that the prophet lived a simple life and was not exceptionally rich, but still took money and his...
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