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“The Person I’ve Become”

Growing up in a big Italian family has influenced me and molded me into the eighth grader that I am today. Many people in my family have taught me the importance of family values and respecting one another. I have looked up to many members of my family such as aunts and uncles for advice and they have guided me through different situations. My father has molded me into the young man I am today by teaching me leadership, sportsmanship, responsibility and having a positive attitude. My father has coached me in basketball throughout my eight years of elementary school. During one very important travel team game this year, I talked back to my dad in front of the rest of the team during a time-out because we were losing and I was getting really frustrated. To teach me a lesson, he benched me for the rest of the game. He explained to me afterwards that it was very embarrassing that I disrespected him in front of others and that my attitude affected the whole team. My mother has guided me and influenced me throughout my whole life. She has taught me to become more mature and to take on more responsibilities. I have to get my younger sister off the bus when my mother is not around and help her with her homework. My mother has also taught me to respect others and to help out around the house when I’m needed. She constantly reminds me never to give up on anything, even if it gets really difficult. Another big influence in my life has been my aunts, uncles and cousins. I have eight boy cousins in my family and we are all around the same age. We have a great time when we get together for family events and holidays. We are all real close and they have helped me realize the importance of family. My family has molded my life and brought me to the point I am today. My family is always getting together and celebrating family traditions and events. I will always remember the importance of family and how they...
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