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BC: Cover Sheet (Front Cover) Personality Traits (Pg. 1) Growth & Development (Pg. 2) As a Young Child (Pg. 3) As a Young Child 2 (Pg. 4) Teenage Years (Pg. 5) Likes (Pg. 6) Dislikes (Pg. 7) Make Me Laugh (Pg. 8) Favorites (Pg. 9) The Way I Am (Pg. 10-13) Beauty (Pg. 14-15) Is This Me? (Pg. 16-17) Me Rating Scale (Pg. 18-19) Religion and Spirit (Pg. 20) Opinions (Pg. 21) Morals (Pg. 22) Predictions (Pg. 23) | Table of Contents | My Family (Pg. 24-25) My Mother (Pg 26) My Father (Pg. 27) My Sister (Pg. 28-29) My Friends (Pg. 30-31) People and Places (Pg. 32) Admired Person (Pg. 33) Family Traditions (Pg. 34) Pets (Pg. 35) Boyfriend (Pg. 36-37) Church (Pg. 38) Ethical Situation (Pg. 39) The Environment (Pg. 40)

FC: Samantha Moreno | Born: April 15, 1994 Moreno's Residence: 5505 Sweetbriar St. Houston, TX Height: 5' 5'' Hair: Brown Eyes: Brown Shoe Size: 7 1/2 Shirt Size: Medium

1: Sassy Anal Moody Adventurous Neat Trusting Helpful Awesome | Personality Traits

2: Birth Place: Monterrey, NL Full-term & C-section Time of Birth: 12 P.M. Length: I'm not sure Weight: 6.5 lbs Hours of mother in labor: Wasn't in labor First words: Maaaaaaa Favorite toys: The Skipper Family nickname: Manzana First memory: Cousin holding me over the balcony, swinging me and pretending he would drop me I smile when I think about the time my mom put mustard around the baby bottle so that I would stop drinking out of it and I washed it off and started sucking on it again. When I was born, we lived in my grandparent's old home for 3 1/2 years. My fondest memory of our old home was : All the kids running around. | My Growth and Development

3: My family lived: Monterrey, NL; Houston (Willow Creek); Houston (House) Preschool: Crespo Elementary Elementary: Crespo Elementary Favorite teacher: Ms. Spiess Best subject: Math As a student, I was: a baby genius... Early school memory: I danced at a Cinco de Mayo presentation with Luis Ramos Trouble maker: l pinched a girl and marked her arm I wanted to be: a doctor Hobbies: drawing, dancing, soccer Loved to wear: First best friend: Modesta Duties around house: picking up toys Loved to play: Hide and Seek Family description of personality: Loud | As a Young Child

4: Toys to play with: Easy Bake Oven Places to play: Apartment stairs outside Cartoon shows: Dragon Tales; Barney Songs: Mary Had A Little Lamb Books: Green Eggs and Ham Holidays: Christmas! <3 Colors: Red Food: Scrambled eggs Desserts: Tres leches cake Movies: SPICE Girls Live; Barney's Movie T.V. Programs: Dislikes: People squeezing my cheeks | As a Young Child 2

5: 1. Adventurous 2. Memorable 3. Nostalgic 4. Crazy 5. Frustrating 6. Exciting 7. Emotion-Driven 8. Happy 9. Joyful 10. Desirable | My spare time is spent: Watching movies and sleeping On weekends I: Go out with Rafael and spend time with my family My curfew is: I'm not sure I have one Household duties: Wash dishes, wash clothes, sweep, dust house, clean room. Fashion rages: None??? Hobbies: Friday Fun-day Movies, Volleyball <3 What I'll remember: High school years | My Teenage Years

6: When you look at your life, the greatest happinesses are family happinesses. ~Joyce Brothers | Likes | Song: Rain on My Parade Actor: Will Smith/Denzell Washington Actress: Jessica Alba Book: The Kite Runner Holiday: Christmas! Food: Italian Saying: "Guuurl please!" School Subject: Math Singer/Music Group: Casting Crowns Pet/Animal: I hate pets Radio Station: KSBJ (89.3) Candy: Crazy Core Skittles Gum: Cool Mint Kind of Car: N/A Style of Music: Christian Contemporary | Season: Spring T.V. Program: CSI:Miami Dessert: Cheesecake Sport: Volleyball Fruit: Pineapple Fast Food: Jack in the Box Restaurant: Chilli's/Olive Garden Perfume: Burberry/Heavenly Soft Drink: Sprite/Peach Tea Cereal: All kinds!!! Things to do with Friends: Go out to eat Clothes to wear: Jeans and T-shirt

7: Season: Summer T.V. Program: N/A Dessert: N/A Sport: N/A Fruit: Kiwi Fast Food: Taco Bell Restaurant: Spaghetti Warehouse Perfume: Old lady smell Soft Drink: Sprite/Peach Tea Cereal: N/A Things to do with Friends: N/A Clothes to wear: Sleeve-less shirts | Dislikes | Song: N/A Actor: N/A Actress: n/A Book: Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius Holiday: Halloween Food: Wraps Saying: "That's what she said..." School Subject: History Singer/Music Group: Justin Bieber Pet/Animal: Dogs Radio Station: 97.9 Candy: DOTS Gum: Juicy Fruit Kind of Car: Expensive cars Style of Music: Rap

8: Things That Make Me Laugh | Favorite comedy television shows: Punk'd Wild N' Out Favorite comedians: Favorite comic strips/cartoons: I don't read comic strips or cartoons Friend who makes me laugh the most: Gilbert Other things I think are funny:

9: Color to wear: Darks Animal to own as pet: Tiger Flower to grow in garden: Lucky number: 7 Smell that makes me pause: Flour tortillas Taste that makes me melt: Cheesecake Hobby that occupies my time: Volleyball Sport to watch: Basketball Sport to play: Volleyball City to visit: Washington, D.C. Country to explore: Tokyo Favorite meal: Mom's cooking Drink to order: Lemonade Delicious dessert: Cheesecake Game to play: Just Dance on the Wii Book to recommend: The Kite Runner Author: Delicious dessert: Cheesecake | Game to play: Just Dance on the Wii Book to recommend: The Kite Runner Author: Magazine: Music to listen when alone: Christian Bands to listen to most: Any Films to watch: Souls Surfer Actress: Actor: TV Show: CSI: Miami Artist: Piece of clothing: Monument: Favorite time of day: Night time Favorite place to sit at home: Couch Things to do on Sunday: Motto: | Favorites

10: I feel pleased when I finish working out. My most prized possession are my grades. I cannot understand why people murder others. I hope I'll never break a bone. I cry when I get angry. I laugh out loud when my sister falls. I feel good when I eat Chick fil' A. When someone criticizes me I walk away. Most satisfying work: painting of rodeo pig. When someone makes a remark about someone else I stay quiet. What I like in a friend is honesty. When I disagree with someone, I defend my argument. The biggest challenge in my life was being away from home for so long and so far away. I would like to change the national crime rate. I wouldn't change my physical appearance. If I could change someone else I would knock some Jesus into them. My saddest time was when my team lost playoffs. My happiest time was when I made my college decison. | The Way I Am

11: I hate messy eaters.......I love volleyball. I believe in God...........I need some sleep. I need some sleep.........I want to go home. I have to finish this.....I will work hard in college. I know I can do it.....I hope I don't flunk out. I feel excited. I am most ashamed of...well, nothing really. When I am rejected, I usually get booty-hurt. I like to be a follower when I am confused. I'm not rebellious, so I hope I don't go to jail. I wish I could finish this project already. I worry about what's to come after college. I'm afraid of disappointing my parents. When I'm lonely, I usually sleep it off. Emotion most difficult to control is anger. I generally become silent when I am thinking. When praised, I feel weird. If angry at someone, I try to work things out. Most embarrassed when called out in public. If one year to live, I would travel the world. With a million dollars I put it in savings account. Greatest personal achievement has been completing high school. | Pt. 1

12: When in a new group, I try to make friends. When entering room full of people, I feel awkward. When feeling anxious in a new situation, I separate myself. In groups I feel more comfortable when the leader is strong. I'm happiest when I'm active. The turns that turns me on the most is...... Thing that concerns me most about change is the effect. To me. belonging is private property? In crowds I am friendly. To me, asking others for help makes me feel humble. I daydream about Channing Tatum. <3 I'm afraid of the dark. I enjoy dancing the most. Violence bothers me.......Rape makes me feel disgusted. Pregnancy is sweet........Cheating is for losers. Stress frustrates me........Television relaxes me. Parents are strict............Brothers/sisters are annoying. I am extremely tired......Sports are medicine. Looks don't matter...........Dreams are cute. Trust is essential...............My attitude is bad. Silence scares me..............Home is shelter. The meaning of life is up for grabs. | The Way I Am

13: Friends make me happy.........Music is the key to the soul. Food is delicious.....................Other's opinions of me matter. Gossip is for drama queens....Bigotry is word I don't know. My true identity is a secret...If people I'm pretty awesome. Hugs make me feel good.......I love to dance. I hate to do homework...........Something I do well is math. I'm happiest when I eat........I feel saddest when alone. I get angry when people ask stupid questions. I get distracted when sad......I see myself as energetic. I would like to be more committed. The best thing about me is that I am outgoing. The worst thing about me is that I get angry easily. \The thing that makes me a good friend is that I listen. People seem to respect me when I respect myself. I pretend to be dumb. The biggest disappointment in life so far is personal. I was always sorry I didn't take more risks. Everyone said I shouldn't, but I was glad I went to D.C. Toward this assignment right now, I feel annoyed. What I didn't like about this was all the questions. What I liked about this was the designs. | Pt. 2

14: Beauty is in the eye of the beholder

15: The most beautiful song is Wrap me in your arms". Animals that I think are beautiful are none... Most beautiful nature scene I ever saw was on Avatar. People who I think are beautiful because of looks are Jessica Alba and Jennifer Love Hewitt. Person who I think are beautiful because of her personality is my mother. Other things I think are beautiful are flowers, antiques, and architecture. | Beauty

16: Feel positive about myself.........................7 Very critical of other people......................3 Am spontaneous..........................................8 Am a leader................................................8 Full of energy............................................7 Can be trusted............................................9 Am impulsive.............................................5 Am relaxed................................................5 Am honest..................................................7 Am a good sister......................................6 Am understanding.....................................8 Am submissive..........................................5 Am independent........................................5 Am patient................................................3 Am perceptive..........................................5 | Is This Me?

17: I like all people.........................7 Very critical of myself...............5 Am a follower..........................3 Am a good daughter.................6 Hard working............................9 Ready to help..............................8 Am creative.................................5 | Am secure.................................5 Am a good athlete...................7 Am a loyal friend...................7 Am self-motivated...................8 Am a good sport....................6 Am self-analytical..................5 Am capable.............................9 Well-liked by others...............8

18: "Me" Rating Scale

19: Happy.....X...................Sad Positive...X...........Negative Healthy..........X............Sick Strong....X.................Weak Beautiful.......X.............Ugly Honest...X............Dishonest Good.....X......................Bad Self-Confident..X,,,,,Scared Active......X.............Passive Interesting...X...........Boring Graceful...X........Awkward Elegant...X..............Uncouth Pleasant...X.......Unpleasant Powerful..X........Powerless Fast..........X................Slow Up.........X...................Down Clean...X......................Dirty Kind......X...................Cruel Successful..X...Unsuccessful Sociable,.....X......Unsociable Moral....X.............Immoral Realistic...X.........Unrealistic Optimistic...X.....Pessimistic | Brave.....X.............Cowardly Organized..X...Disorganized Patient...........X..In a hurry Punctual...........X..........Late Religious.X..Non-Religious Impulsive....X....Calculating Liberal........X....Conservative Quiet...................X.......Loud Dominant......X...Submissive Partier.....X....Non-Partier Funny....X................Serious Lazy......X..Hard-Working Leader......X...........Follower Introverted....X..Extroverted TVAddict..X...HatesTV Conformist.X...Individualist Pro-Life...X......Pro-Choice Formal...........X........Casual E,motional........X.......Logical Eats2Live.....X...Loves2Eat Brilliant....X................Dumb Rigid.............X.......Flexible Half-full..X....Half-Empty

20: I believe in God, God is powerful, merciful, all-mighty, all-loving, and forgiving. God is love, I was raised as a Christian; I do practice this religion. My most spiritual moment was when I got baptized at the age of 12. I got o church every Wednesday and Sunday. Death is peace...for some... Wars should not be started because of religious conflicts. We are descendants of Adam and Eve; Evolution conflicts with religious beliefs. Life does not exist on other planets and "they" have not made contact with us. I do not believe in astrology and I do not read the horoscope. I do not believe in reincarnation | Religion and Spirit

21: The right to an abortion (CON).................................The right to own guns (CON) The welfare system (PRO)...................................................The death penalty (CON) Right and Services for Immigrants (PRO)................Legalization of Drugs (CON) Alcohol for Minors (CON).........................Equal Rights for Homosexuals (CON) Premarital Sex (CON).........................................................Telling a white lie (PRO) Using hitting as a form of child discipline (CON) Social Issue: Equal rights to all immigrants; I have done nothing. First step to solving poverty is fixing the world-wide economy. First step to solving racism is changing the socioeconomic differences in society. Environmental Issue: Deforestation A person is not defined by what he/she does for a living because there are humble people in this world who have to struggle more than others and vice-versa. I am most like a conservative but leaning to moderate. Worst crime against humanity has been the Holocaust. Worst political crime has been 911. I do consider that a political issue. Minimum punishment for those who molest children should be life in prison. Minimum punishment for those who rape should be life in prison. The military is a system that helps society become stronger. The draft sucks for those who are men. I would fight in a war if the issue affected society as a whole negatively. | Opinions

22: When late for an appointment and it's my fault, I tell the truth. A lie I tell most is....not one in specific. My most recent lie was...,I can't remember, honestly. Something I stole that was not worth the risk was candy. People should not marry before the age of 21. People should not have children before the age of 21, Appropriate age to have sex is when you are married. I am addicted to cereal. If no side-effects I would enjoy being addicted to chocolate. Hitting a child is NOT a form of discipline. As an adult I have NOT hit a man or woman, I have not been arrested I have gone through someone's personal items o of curiosity. I discovered nothing. If my partner cheated on me I would be furious; once a cheater, always a cheater; I have never cheated. I always stall in paying people back; I'm broke man! I can't even remember the amount. | Morals

23: A hotel in the moon (100 years)...Empty highways (25 years) Cure for cancer and AIDS over counter (25 years) No more canned/frozen food (25 years) Third World War (25).................Living age to 125 (Never) Politicians serve public (Never)....Good men easy to find (25) Illegal bottle water imports (Never)......2 kids per family (25) Light bulbs for sale at antique stores only (100 years) Extinction of magazines and books (25 years) World peace and prejudice no longer issues (Never) Legalized Drugs (25 years)......Lawyers nice people (25 years) Bill Gates buys country (100).........Sponsorship by ads (100) Pet-sezed elephants (Never) .Las Vegas goes bankrupt (Never) Human waste recycled into energy (100 years) All races completely mixed (25 years) Plastic surgery as common as getting haircut (25 years) Life is beautiful (25 years) Contact with beings from outer-space (Never) | Predictions

24: Mother: Smart, Caring, Loving (easier) Father: Hard-working, Strong, Sweet I inherited everything bout my mother. Mother dislike: Nosy, Loud, Clingy Father dislike: Dishonest, Goody, Stubborn Dad's felt easier to answer. I inherited my dad's bad temper. As child, parents spent enough time with me We've argued about my independence. Childhood memory of parents: Dad's spoiling. Bad childhood memory: Them arguing. Mother: Jessica Alba Father: Channing Tatum I tell my mom I love her more often than dad.. I resemble my mom physically. Mother as animal: Bear Father as animal: Lion

25: My sister and I share in common our attitudes. I am not as annoying as her. My favorite relative is Tania because that is the only relative I have. If Tania were an animal she would be a koala. I wish my mother would stop worrying so much and be able to stop working one day so she can just relax. I wish my dad would be a little more relaxed and not always be so angry.

26: Her full name: Norma Mirthala Moreno Birthday: March 15, 1967 Place of birth: Monterrey, NL Number of siblings: 12 Luis Luisa Martha Rosa Esthela Ricardo Araceli Beatriz Meme Oscar Her occupation is labor. Mom works at a hotel. In her spare time she likes to read the Bible. I would describe her personality as strong. My mother taught me to value my education. What I love most about my mother is how outgoing she is. Special times I remember being with my mom are: simply laying in bed with her, watching TV, and laughing. | My Mother

27: His full name: Emilio Moreno Lozano Birthday: February 8, 1963 Place of birth: Monterrey, NL Number of siblings: 8 Martha Bucho Oscar Ernestina Leticia Sandra Mario His occupation is labor. Dad works at food distributing company. In his spare time he likes to watch TV. I would describe my dad's personality as hard-working, My father taught me to value my family. What I love most about my father is how much he works to give us what we want/need. Special times I remember being with my dad are having a tickling fight with him pretty much every other day. | My Father

28: My Sister

29: Her full name is Tania Lizeth Moreno. Birthday: August 7, 1998. Place of birth: Houston, TX Occupation: None In her spare time she likes to play outside. I would describe her personality as being active. What I love most about my sister is her willingness to do whatever I ask her (as a favor) without really asking for anything in return. Special times I remember with my sister are when we pranked my mom or dad. For example, we painted my dad's toe-nails while he slept.

30: Traits I look for in friend: honesty, personality, and humor. Friend I have known longest: Andrea, Vanessa, Giselly, Jasmine; they are close friends. I miss Jasmine the most; I wish she would still hang out with us and not grown up so fast. Who makes me laugh: Gilbert Whom I can tell anything: Andrea Whom I can go for advice: Andrea Best piece of advice: "Get over it" Can have adventures with: Vanessa; pranking people. Don't take seriously: Carrington Does or believes in something I don't respect: Jasmine Like to be closer: Giselly; she doesn't open up Never lend money: Dayvid; he's forgetful. Does something terrible but forgive: N/A Need to forgive: N/A Would name as godparent of child: Andrea Two closest friends: Andrea and Vanessa Traits to admire in each: Caring and Strong (respectively) Wish they would change: N/A Animal to describe each: Monkey and Tiger (respectively)

31: My mother is my friend. My father is my friend. Best friend as child was Modesta. My worst enemy as child was Ana. Best friend as teenager: Andrea, Vanessa, and Giselly. Worst enemy as teenager: N/A I would banish my worst enemy to Greenland. I am defenitely able to forgive my enemies. Friend who is most like me: Alejandra Friends who is most unlike me: Jasmine Friend who uses most of my energy: N/A A friend I will see in hell: Jasmine A friend I will see in heaven: Alejandra | Friends

32: Oh, the places you'll go... | If the phone rang right now, I would like to talk to my boyfriend because I don't want to stay up alone working on this project. I want to go back to D.C.! I laughed at my mom because her laugh is ridiculous. We were at the girls' conference. I don't recall when I last cried Boarding school, in D.C., really made me feel like I belonged there. I received the nicest meal at my boyfriend's house. His mom's cooking is delicious. I would like to go to the mountains of Colorado and spend a whole day out there. | My mom gives me a list. Just having her near makes me feel good. Andrea is a good listener because she gives great advice. Ms. Spies is the best teacher I have ever had because she cared for her students even outside the classroom. All of my friends have been helpful to me, especially by welcoming me back when I came back from boarding school. I admire my aunt because she was always hard-working and never cared what others thought about her. | People and Places

33: Hero / Admired Pesron | It was a 32 degree, cold winter night and we had no central heating. I felt like I had frost bite, but then I remembered I live in Texas. It was freezing cold and my fingers felt like tiny icicles hanging from my hand. No matter how much I snuggled in my blanket, I still felt the cold stinging my bones. Then, I heard a sweet voice calling out my name. It was the voice of my mother, the voice that always gives me relief. “It’s ok baby”, she said, in her broken English, and wrapped a cover around my shivering body. She told me everything would be okay and that I did not have to worry about anything because everything would get better. This is a lesson she has taught me all my life. She has taught me to always see the bright side in any situation and to be as optimistic as possible. On that cold winter night I was once again reminded of her words of wisdom. I felt the warmth of her words reach my body and I was no longer cold. Every time I am going through a tough time or having a rough day, I am reminded of my mother's words, those words that bring peace to my thoughts. I begin to think of how much fun I had that time at the carnival or how close my birthday is. No matter what it is, I try to think of something that will make me happy instead of angry and sad. For example, whenever I was having a hard time understanding the material in my AP Calculus class, I thought of ways that I could get some extra help or ways to memorize equations. I tried not to focus on the stress I was feeling. I find no point in dwelling on the bad things when there is so much more to live happily for. My mother not only serves as my guardian, but she also serves as my peace in times of turbulence.

34: My family is the most important part of my life. Every time we hang out I feel safe and loved. Some of the things we do I would not necessarily call rituals, but more like traditions. For some reason, the word “rituals” just has a negative connotation for me. Some traditions we have are things like always having thanksgiving dinner at my uncle’s house and Christmas dinner at my house. Ever since I can remember we have had holiday dinners at each other’s houses. When my uncle and his ex-wife got a divorce, everything changed. Things seemed really awkward for a really long time. When we gathered for holidays, since I was not used to having holiday dinners at my house, I would get really bored. To make things worse, my cousin was never around anymore, and still is not. It sucks to know that our family traditions had been broken for so long, but then after about 4 months, my uncle decided to start fresh. He got a new girlfriend and we started having dinner at her house. For the past two years we have had holiday dinners at her house and maaaaan her food is delicious! I’m glad my uncle was able to move on and not dwell on all he had gone through in the past. It was a win-win for all of us (haha!). My family has always had a strong bond. The traditions we have bring us closer and closer together since we help keep each other happy. Without my family I would probably be a sad monkey. It is going to be extremely hard going off to college. | Family Traditions

35: I have always sucked at having pets. The first pet I ever had was a small gold fish I had won at a booth at an elementary school festival. I thought I was the coolest chick around carrying my gold fish in a tiny clear bag filled with water. When I got home, I put the fish in a bowl my mom gave me. I fed it when it had to be fed and I cleaned the bowl when it had to be cleaned. After about two weeks, I began to forget about the fish. I stopped feeding it and eventually I stopped caring for it. After that pet fit I got, I knew pets just weren’t for me. The second pet I had was turtle. The same issue happened with this turtle. It was a water turtle so it had to be kept in a small tank I had. I used to bathe the turtle and brush its shell with a toothbrush. I would feed it and watch over it daily. This time, after an entire month, I began to forget about the turtle. The house began to get this smell, kind of like sewer-smell. I knew something was not okay. Next thing I knew, the turtle had died. At first I didn’t think anything had happened to it, so I left it in its tank for two more days. After two days, the smell had become unbearable and I dug a small hole in our back yard and buried it. Those were the only two types of pets I ever had and will have. I can not stand dogs. First of all they scare the bejezus out of me and second of all, they are just so dirty and messy. I will never be able to take care of a dog. If I can’t take care of a pet as small as a fish or a turtle, then I definitely can’t take care of a dog. | Pets

36: Boyfriend

37: Hmmm.where to begin. Well, I have been with my boyfriend for 4 years. Yes, yes, I know what you’re thinking, am I not a little too young to be so committed. But, honestly, time flew. By the time I knew it, I had already been with this kid for this long and by then, it was already too late to let him go. He has proved to be that there really are still good guys out there. He is humble, sweet, loving, caring, giving and everything else good. He is all that and a bag of chips. I can truly say that he has changed my life for good. He is the guy that when somebody is sitting by themselves, he will go sit with them. He hates seeing people being treated badly. He is the guy that will offer any homeless person something to eat or drink, no matter what. One night we had just come from a party, and we had brought with us a piece of cake. As we drove home, there was a homeless woman asking for money at the side of the street. The light had turned red and we were stopped right next to her. He quickly searched through his car, checking to see if there was any loose change. When he figured out he didn’t have any money, he immediately grabbed the cake from my hands, rolled down the window, and handed it to the woman. I felt like a proud mom. Although we have had our ups and downs, he will always hold a special place in my heart, no matter what.

38: Church | I can honestly say I love going to church. Going to church gives me a sense of peace and belonging. It is one of the only places where I can be myself and explain my love for God without being judged. Sometimes I find it hard to understand why some people don't like to go to church, or why, even worse, they don't believe in God. It's hard to understand how when God is so great towards us, we reject him. One of the reasons I like going to church is because I am free to do as I wish. I can jump with joy or cry with sadness if I want to and nobody will judge me because my church members understand that nobody is perfect and we all deserve a second change, but in order to get that second chance we must ask for forgiveness first. Another reason I love my church is because of the music that is played. I can't imagine myself going to a Catholic church because I feel like everything is just so structured and honestly, kind of boring. It would be hard for me to enjoy my time there. It's crazy though how big of a difference there is between religions. I remember when I went to boarding school in D.C., since I did not want to get out of my routine or lose my faith, I would attend a church that was around the corner from my dorm every Sunday. The church was mostly consisted of Caucasians. It was sooooo boring during the worship service. I mean it wasn't even worship. When I came back home for Thanksgiving, I fell in love with my church all over again. I was so glad to know that back at home things hadn't changed.

39: Ethical Situation | I was the chosen one. I had been chosen to represent President Obama in an ethical simulation. So, I knew I had the last word. More so, I had to make sure everyone was considered in my final response. It was difficult to make sure everyone was accounted for, but I knew I had to do it, not only to fulfill my simulation role, but also to fulfill my personal disposition. Situation: When a rebellious group attacked the palace in Egypt I had to make sure all of “my people”, such as the representatives from the Department of State, were informed. No matter what happened, I had to make sure everything was under control and that the chaos did not elevate. Situations like the one I just described were part of my daily life for the fall semester of my junior year in high school. I had decided to take a risk. I became the first YES Prep Southeast student to attend boarding school. The School for Ethics and Global Leadership, or as otherwise known, SEGL, located in Washington, D.C., became my home for a semester. That short, yet powerful semester changed my life. I learned the true meaning of diversity through first hand experience. The students with whom I shared this wonderful experience with were representatives of different religions, races, and sexual orientations. I was challenged every day to express my personal bias on any topic without offending my peers. Due to my initial close-mindedness, it was difficult for me to share my thoughts about controversial issues, but as the semester progressed, I learned to become more open-minded and willing to accept others opinions. Through my experience with diversity and ethical dilemmas I learned to accept the beliefs of others without having to agree with such beliefs. I opened my mind to a world of mixed cultures and thoughts. While we may have not have agreed on everything, I have maintained a close friendship with all of my fellow SEGL classmates. Our differences did not serve as obstacles for our friendships, but rather as strengths for our understanding of one another. After returning from boarding school, I was able to enter into leadership roles at my school. I wanted to prove to my classmates that there is more to this world than our eyes can see. I wanted to show the youth group at my church that we must be accepting of others. So, I joined leadership groups at school and at church, such as being the vice-president for the youth group and being student ambassador, in order to expand my knowledge of diversity more than I had done at boarding school. I also strove to persuade my peers to take advantage of all this world had to offer. My experience at the School for Ethics and Global Leadership made me want to share with others the importance of acceptance and open-mindedness. As human beings, raised by different families with different values and beliefs, we lean towards close-minded thoughts. We need to become open-minded individuals, aware of the various cultures we are exposed to on a daily basis. I will continue spreading my learning experience in hopes of making others realize that there is much more out there in the world that our eyes can see and our ears can hear.

40: Many people say “money can’t buy happiness”, but can it? See I don’t want to sound super materialistic, but sometimes I feel that money does make the world go round Sometimes I feel that money does bring a smile to our face. It does make me get this bad feeling in my gut for saying stuff like that but it’s true in my life. At first it was hard to deal with the U.S. life. Everyone here is so different, yet in Mexico everyone seems to be on the same level. Even at my young age I understood that money was essential. If I asked my mom for a piece of candy at the candy store, she would always say she couldn’t afford it at the time or give me some lame excuse about how my teeth would fall off if I ate too much of it and then I would have to go to the dentist and then she would have to waste money there and then that meant less money for food. As the little girl that I was, I knew that my mom NEEDED the money for something else, not necessarily that she didn’t HAVE the money. As I grew up I never asked my parents for much. I knew that I needed to be more responsible and detect the difference between the essentials and the unnecessary. My mom always got us what we wanted, IF the money was there. The main reason why I don’t ask for anything anymore is because I feel that I just don’t NEED anything. Of course I WANT many things but to me it has become more important to save my parents money than it has to be satisfied. Even when I do NEED the money, I still don’t ask for most of the time. I try to use my own money if I have it. I’m trying to make my sister think the same way I do, but with her being born in this country and never really having to work for what she has, it is hard for her to understand. As the older sister, I am trying to pass on my beliefs so that my sister can learn early-on what it means to have money. I tried to tell her to not spend so much money and that even when my parents do give her money she should save it for a future need rather than spend it on candy. I tell her that she should be wise about her choices so that she won’t have to deal with the consequences of not having money later. I don’t know if I am doing the right thing by telling her all of that, but I guess since that’s what I learned then I am biased. I’m not saying that I don’t ever spend money on things that I like, because that would be a complete lie. What I am saying is that I try to limit myself as to how much I buy and how often I buy it. Honestly, I think that is something that everyone should live by. Then again, there goes me again trying to make people agree with the way I think. It is through my experience with money and the outcome I got of my upbringing that had impacted the way I act. I am the kind of person who would much rather eat off of the dollar menu than to treat myself to a nice, big combo. No matter how much I say or anybody else says that money doesn’t make them happy, it actually does. I don’t mean that the amount of money makes us happy but I think that what makes us happy is the idea of knowing there is money there for us to use whenever we want it. It is the idea of satisfaction and certainty that makes us truly happy. So then I guess in this case money does buy happiness. | Money, Money, Money!

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