Indicate a Person Who Has Had a Significant Influence on You, and Describe That Influence.

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3. Indicate a person who has had a significant influence on you, and describe that influence. I am a very fortunate child who has parents. Parents are the people who love us best, from our virtues to our flaws. It is out of love that they make sacrifices to provide for their children. My mother has had a huge impact on my life and it is because of her that I am who I am today. She influenced me the most because of her character, values and principles. This, I mirror in my actions and in my thoughts. My mother was not as fortunate as me. Both her parents passed away, her father due to medical reasons and her mother in a car accident. She was only fifteen. In spite of this traumatic loss, she managed her emotions and never wallowed in self-pity. Her uncle took over financial support and her being sensible, refused to let her deceased parents and uncle down. She worked hard and strived for excellence in her studies. As a result, she acquired a scholarship to study medicine in NUS. Following that, she married my father and bore him three children including me. We lived a fairly comfortable life for many years because of our dual household income. However, life after was not all bliss. In the year 2004, Singapore faced a mass retrenchment period and my father was dismissed from his job. My mum had had to single handedly support my family through these rough times. When she had time off from working in the clinic, she picked up property investment and stock trading. She was trying to generate multiple streams of income in order to sustain my family’s standard of living and provide for our (the children’s) education. Presently, my siblings are pursuing higher education and our family is living very comfortably. My mother was able to lift our family back up because of her perseverance, determination and resilience. My mother’s capabilities have inspired me to do my best in whatever I do. She overcame her adversities and made the best out of life. The happiness and...
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