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Someone Who Has Influenced Your Life

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Someone Who Has Influenced Your Life

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I traveled New York City alone during this fall break. A lot of things in NYC fascinated me such as fabulous shopping Centers, busy New Yokers on Wall Street, delicious food, meaningful historical places, and a spectacular view from the Empire State Building. However, there was one place that I had to go. It was United Nations. There was a person that I desperately wanted to see, Ban Ki-Moon, the eighth and current Secretary-General of the United Nations. Ban is a very strong and ethical leader and helped me to set my dream to help others.

Ban Ki-Moon is the second Asian, also the first Korean who became the Secretary-General of the United Nations. My father sent me the book that Ban wrote when I was having the hardest time in America. Last year was my hardest year In the States. My grades didn’t reach my expectation, I felt like no one cared about me, and was sick often. All I wanted to do was just to go back home where my family was. However, Ban’s story encouraged me and made me stronger to face the challenges and actually overcome them. Ban could be the ‘global president’ because he was passionate since he was young and dedicated to achieve his goal. It reminded me of my goal and how much I wanted to make it happen. His stories taught me that the life is like a hurdle race. The small and big challenges or hurdles that we jump over are the steps to be closer to the finish line. And, of course, we might fall down or, worse, injure ourselves. However, we can continue and run strong with passion in our hearts.

Being strong is very important but it is not the only element that Ban taught me. He was strong on the inside and gentle on the outside. As a diplomat, he could succeed because of his great leadership and excellent moral. When a group faces a crisis, the leader has the responsibility to gather everyone’s mind and make difficult choices. In a sinking boat, can anyone survive when everyone screams and wants to save himself first? A good leader needs...