October 29, 2009
Undergraduate Early Decision Admission
A role model is one usually considered living, his/her actions constantly affecting those that emulate them. However, figures of the past should never be forgotten. Queen Elizabeth I is a woman of the sixteenth century that has profoundly influenced my path and impacted my character. To many, Elizabeth is influential because of her commanding appearance and witty tongue. Her demeanor conveyed the message of sheer confidence in herself and her abilities. When faced with adversity, Elizabeth used those troubles to her advantage. As Queen, she understood the burden of her responsibilities and did not wear them lightly, but poured her entire soul into her country. In analysis of what went wrong, where she succeeded, and how she handled situations, I have redefined my success. Her influence has struck me so intensely that I am in awe of a woman who wielded such power, dominated selfish greed and falsified compliments, and continued to rule with integrity despite gender conflicts. Elizabeth did not succumb to the pressure of parliament or her subjects, which astounds me. As a female heir, she was expected to marry a man that would take her place as ruler of England. Her advisors contemplated which suitor would be chosen, based on what would be more profitable for the country. Contrary to the beliefs of the majority, Elizabeth had no intention of marrying any man, saying “I have already joined myself in marriage to a husband, namely the Kingdom of England” (Thomas). There were millions of people against this decision of breaking centuries of tradition but she remained single throughout her entire reign. “My Lords, do whatever you wish. As for me, I shall do no otherwise than pleases me” (Thomas). This quote captures Elizabeth speaking to parliament on the succession issue, but I find that it can and should be applied to other matters. Amongst my peers today, to...