Written by Sanskriti Bimal Thursday, 06 March 2014 00:00
Everyone has role models. People to look up to. Someone you respect, admire and aspire to be like in some way. For Mineola High School junior Kelly Behan, her role model is her brother, Tom.
“I have always looked up to my brother growing up,” she said. “He is hardworking, motivated in sports, dedicated in school, while still managing to have a social life. He had an enjoyable and memorable high school experience and continues to succeed in college. I hope that one day, I can be as successful as him.”
Michelle Rodrigues, a Mineola sophomore, took the traditional approach of choosing her role mode: one of her parents.
“My mom, because she loves me for everything I do even if she is against it,” Rodrigues said. “She teaches me to be myself and not to let anyone tell me otherwise.”
Role models are endowed with qualities that we would like to have and those who have influenced us in a way that makes us want to be better people. Missy Dunlop, a junior, said, “I admire so many people, however my biggest source of inspiration is my mother.
She believes in every dream I have, and every day encourages me to keep on going. Whether she is watching from the sidelines or is in the audience, she is always cheering my name and giving me a standing ovation. She’s taught me what love and family values truly are.”
Role models live their values in the world. They are focused on helping others. They like to help out others with their time and talent. They inspire by their behavior and action.
Sophomore Mackenzie Schnaufer looks to the older generation.
“I really admire and look up to my grandparents,” she said. “They are my role models because they took advantage of all opportunities that came along their way. They never think twice when it comes to giving back to people that need help. They are the best people
to be around.”
As children age, an inspiring leader, a popular artiste, an accomplished sports figure or other celebrity personalities can sometimes replace or add to the father, mother, grandparents as a primary figure of role model. The life stories of extraordinary achievers can at times be a source of courage, strength and inspiration.
Junior Emily Abrams uses one prominent singer as a role model.
“Taylor Swift has always been my role model,” Abrams said. “People only see her for the guys she dates, but they don’t see the other side of her. She inspires me in how she followed her dream and over the years, she has stayed true to her morals and always presents herself in a dignified manner.”