Influential Person

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Scott Ashbridge
The Most Influential Person in My Life

The most influential person in my life has been my grandpa, my abuelo. He just turned 88 years old and no one believes it. He looks and acts so much younger than his years.

My grandpa was born in Ecuador in 1922. He has seen many changes and adapted to all of them with ease. He was born in a little town called Manta. He left school at the age of 7 to help my great-grandfather in the fields. In between harvest he learned to read and write. At the age of 16 he enlisted in the Ecuadorian Navy, where he eventually was sent to Chicago, where he learned English, that helped him out eventually.

In 1968 he was already married and a father of 4, the oldest 8 and the youngest 2, that's when he decided to emigrate to the United States, alone, he settled in Brooklyn New York. In the Navy he has gotten his degree as a nurse's assistant, but when he arrived in the US, like so many immigrants before him, he took a manual job, washing dishes at the Hilton Hotel. In 1969 he had saved enough money to bring my grandmother, uncles and my mom over.

Once his family was settled in he went to Brooklyn College for one year to refresh his English and applied at Lutheran Medical Center as an orderly and was offered a job within the week. My grandpa worked very hard to support his family. He would often work double shifts and was exhausted when he got home, needless to say he wasn't in the mood for chit chat. But, my uncles and my mother knew what was expected of them through all his hard work, they had to work just as hard at school to become productive member of the United States.

After my grandpa retired he and my grandma took care of my older brother, and three years later myself, and three years after that my youngest sister, in order for both my parents to work. This is when I got to know my grandpa and what a great person he is. After watching him do so much for us and hearing his story, how...
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