aarkebauer 5 / 14 Dec 31, 2012 #1Indicate someone who has had an influence on you and describe that influence.Having grown up in a family of educators certainly has its advantages. Although car rides occupied by Taylor series expansion or dinner conversations centered around Punnett squares can wear thin at times, being surrounded by this passion for teaching has been instrumental in shaping my dreams and aspirations. Though the desires to enhance my education as well as to make an impact on my world have been influenced by my entire family, they were instilled in me largely by my grandfather.From the stories he would tell of years spent teaching in a one-room schoolhouse to the lessons he was constantly teaching his grandchildren, my grandfather's enthusiasm for educating was always unmistakable to me. Over time, these came to be much more to me than simple anecdotes. The passion evident in all aspects of my grandfather's teaching fortified in me an eagerness to learn; the fondness with which I listened to each story became present in all aspects of my education. To expand my knowledge and broaden my horizons has become a not only a satisfaction but a passion that expanded as I grew.When I was younger I would often come home from school to find my grandparents visiting. My grandfather's simple perpetual question was, "Did you ask a good question today?" Though this may have been intended merely to spark conversation, it came to serve as a reminder to me each day as I sat in school. Over time, these questions I asked came to be more than just a simple pursuit of comprehension or clarification. They kindled in me a love for the acquisition of new knowledge - a continued quest to delve deeper than merely the knowledge presented to me.In addition to extending my knowledge, my grandfather inspired in me an ambition to make an impact on my world. Whenever we went around town, whether it was to see a movie or just for an errand, he would invariably run into someone he had taught. Though this could prove tedious for my young self, I eventually came to realize just how much of an impact he had on those he taught and how far-reaching that impact was. This realization instilled in me the desire to influence my world and use my education to give back as my grandfather had done; it is this inspiration that has driven many of my pursuits in all areas of my life, especially in my education.As I grew up I realized just how much of an influence my grandfather had on me in my early life; I came to appreciate how much more his stories, lessons and interactions began to mean to me. My eagerness to learn, to dive deeper than simply what is presented to me and to give back to the world around me have all stemmed from my grandfather's influence and it is my aspiration for these pursuits that will be instrumental in shaping my experiences and successes throughout my future.