melyxoxo 1 / 4 Sep 18, 2009 #1Essay Prompt: How has your family history, culture or environment influenced who you are?Family is what shapes us, influences, and makes us who we are. "Family is the compass that guide us. They are the inspiration to reach great heights, and our comfort when we occasionally falter" once said Brad Henry. That is how my family represents me, they are my compass and inspiration for the better. My family came here from Cuba to escape the Communist Regime looking for a better life. They came though Spain and by doing so they have to give up everything that was dear to them, objects such as my mother's ragged old doll, my aunt's bracelet given to her by her soon to be deceased father and last my grandmother's wedding ring. They gave up so much to come here, and that has shown me to be grateful for what I have been given, and for the many opportunities I have available to me. I should never let chances in my life go by without taking the risk to at least try. I should take advantage of everything that comes my way because if I don't all their struggles and hardship would be for nothing. I was given a special chance to make a difference and I'm going to make it worth wild.