Bordonarov 1 / - Sep 6, 2009 #1I am writing 2 essays for UCF right now and here is one of them. It's kind of a first draft with a little input from someone else so far. I believe i need to have a stronger introduction but this is what I have so far. Both my essays together have to be under 7000 letters. The question is:#2 How has your family history, culture or environment influenced who you are?My family has been a big influence on who I am over the past 17 years of my life. My parents in particular have always encouraged me to improve in everything I do in or out of school. I also feel being an only child has been an advantage for me because they were always focused on helping me rather then three or four children.My parents have always cared for me and expected me to accomplish everything to the best of my ability. For all my projects and homework my mom would help keep me on track and concentrated to finish it on time with my best possible effort. During my junior year I encountered problems in my math class. My dad would often help review my work and my mom suggested I attend after school help to improve my education. My parents were the most helpful around the time I took my SATS, they hired a tutor and signed me up for SAT extra help.Sophomore year they also suggested that I join wrestling to get more involved. At the time I did not want to, but after a year it was one of the best things that happened during my school career. My parents would drive me to practice daily and even come watch tournaments, which were sometimes hours away, to cheer me on. Some of the success I have reached in school and wrestling can be dedicated to my family from all their help.Besides helping me progress through school, my parents have also shared their morals and beliefs with me. My parents morals have helped me live my life without getting into negative activities such as smoking, taking drugs, or partying. Their morals also play a role in the people I become friends with because I look for friends with similar morals and interests.With all the help I have recieved from my parents throughout my high school life, I believe I am ready to take on college. Although I never completely enjoyed being raised by strict parents, in the end it has been more of a help to me then anyone else.