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'person conscious of of people's feelings' - family history, culture or environment


sdavis23 1 / 2  
Feb 10, 2012   #1
My family history has influenced me by giving me knowledge and freedom to do with as i wish. Values are something i feel strongly about. I grew up with parents who never failed to make it clear that racism and discrimination were unacceptable. Now that i am 17 years old, i look back and remember exactly when this feeling began to grow. As a granddaughter to a Holocaust survivor, i got the stories first hand. I got to live these horrific event through the anecdotes my grandfather told me.

"First they came for the communists, and I didn't speak out because I wasn't a communist. Then they came for the trade unionists, and I didn't speak out because I wasn't a trade unionist.Then they came for the Jews, and I didn't speak out because I wasn't a Jew. Then they came for the Catholics, and I didn't speak out because I was Protestant. Then they came for me and there was no one left to speak out for me." Martin Niemöller. I remember coming across this quote one day and reflecting on how horrible it is that these events happened, but even more disappointing to me was the fact that no one spoke out. This quote is one that affected me tremendously and left me extremely curious.

For years, this had been a topic that i have spent much time cogitating about. I find it imperative to stand for yourself and to stand for those who are to weak to stand up for themselves. Not only to ensure that a tragedy like the ones above don't repeat themselves, but because its the only way i can get up in the morning and feel self satisfied. In my mind it seams like the only way to make what happened okay, is to do the opposite in the present time.

About a year ago, my family unexpectedly moved to peru, where i got the opportunity to first-handedly live surrounded by discrimination, whether because of color, money, or social status. Everyday i am faced with the decision to stand up for myself and others or to choose not to speak out. Obviously standing up is the option i take, and always will. My family history had made me a person conscious of what people may be feeling, and has left me with a life prioritized by values.

Staying true to my priorities will follow me in every journey i ever take. Even today, the day i am thinking about student responsibility, academic integrity, and campus citizenship, helping prevent discrimination, and staying true to my values will always be a priority.

EF_Susan - / 2,365 12  
Feb 13, 2012   #2
My family history has influenced me by giving me knowledge and freedom to do with as i wish.---Always capitalize your 'I's.

I got to live these horrific events through the anecdotes my grandfather told me.

I find it imperative to stand up for yourself and to stand up for those who are too weak to stand up for themselves.

In my mind it seems like the only way to make what happened okay, is to do the opposite in the present time.

About a year ago, my family unexpectedly moved to P eru, where i got the opportunity to first-handedly live surrounded by discrimination, whether because of color, money, or social status.

Every day ---Two words here.--- i am faced with the decision to stand up for myself and others, or to choose not to speak out.

My family history has made me a person conscious of what people may be feeling, and has left me with a life prioritized by values.

:)
OP sdavis23 1 / 2  
Feb 16, 2012   #3
thankyou sooooo much!... (is this one any better?)

Values are something I feel strongly about. I grew up with parents who never failed to make it clear that racism and discrimination are unacceptable. Over the years, what seems obvious to me hasn't exactly been proven "obvious" by the world. Now that i am 17 years old, I look back and remember exactly when this concern began to develop. As a granddaughter to a Holocaust survivor, I got the stories first hand. I got to live these horrific event through the anecdotes my grandfather told me.

"First they came for the communists, and I didn't speak out because I wasn't a communist. Then they came for the trade unionists, and I didn't speak out because I wasn't a trade unionist.Then they came for the Jews, and I didn't speak out because I wasn't a Jew. Then they came for the Catholics, and I didn't speak out because I was Protestant. Then they came for me and there was no one left to speak out for me." Martin Niemöller. I remember coming across this quote one day and reflecting on how horrible it is that these events happened to begin with, but even more disappointing was the fact that no one spoke out. This quote is one that affected me tremendously and left me extremely curious.

For years, this had been a topic that I have spent much time cogitating about. Day by day, a feeling of disgust and disappointment overwhelm me when i realize people actions nowadays reflect tremendously events such as the Holocaust. But, these emotions that arise each time one of these events occur are bold, and affect the actions I take daily. I find it imperative to stand up for yourself and to stand for those who are to week to stand up for themselves. Not only to ensure that a tragedy like the ones above don't repeat themselves, but because its the only way I can get up in the morning and surpass the feelings of dissatisfaction. In my mind it seems like the only way to move on from the past is by ensuring that history doesn't repeat itself.

About a year ago, my family unexpectedly moved to Peru, where I got the opportunity to first-handedly live surrounded by discrimination, whether because of color, money, or social status. Each and every day, I have the option of ending my day with the feeling disgust, or taking action and feeling some sort of satisfied. My family history has made me a person conscious of what people may be feeling, and has left me with a life where fighting to prevent discrimination is a precedence. Every step I take, and every move I make, is a consequence of thought backed up by sensibility.

Staying true to my priorities will follow me in every journey I ever take, even today, the day I am thinking about student responsibility, academic integrity, and campus citizenship, helping prevent discrimination will always be a personal mission.
EF_Susan - / 2,365 12  
Feb 23, 2012   #4
Over the years, what seemed obvious to me hasn't exactly been proven "obvious" by the world.

Day by day, a feeling of disgust and disappointment overwhelm me when I realize peoples actions nowadays reflect tremendously, events such as the Holocaust.

I find it imperative to stand up for yourself and to stand for those who are too weak to stand up for themselves.

:)
dreamer 3 / 18  
Feb 26, 2012   #5
Hi!

This part "Every step I take, and every move I make.." I think it will sound better with just 'Every step I take,"

Also this last part : Staying true to my priorities will follow me in every journey I ever take, even today, the day I am thinking about student responsibility, academic integrity, and campus citizenship, helping prevent discrimination will always be a personal mission.

I think you can improve this sentence.. It's a little too long? Probably you could break it up, or just focus on one aspect of what you would consider a personal mission.

These are just my suggestions!
Good luck! :)
OP sdavis23 1 / 2  
Mar 8, 2012   #6
thankyou sooo much! :)


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