Sample College Essay

The people we meet can impact our entire lives. Getting to know one person can affect us in ways that we may not notice at the time. In my life I have met many of those people. One of them, a girl I met in 4th grade has had a major impact on me. She was from Puerto Rico, she was quiet and she desperately wanted to make friends. I learned more from that frizzy haired girl than I would ever have expected to.

She introduced herself to me on the playground and I could tell she was desperate for any friend, she just wanted to belong. Like most ten year olds, I was naïve about many things. Her Puerto Rican culture was different from anything that I grew up with and being that was worth making fun of to someone who didn’t know any better. I liked pizza, she liked beans and rice. I would make cruel comments about her frizzy hair and her unusual clothes. Everyday I would taunt her during recess and tell her on the way back to the classroom that I was sorry. I didn’t want the teachers to find out. Somewhere deep inside me I knew what I was doing was wrong. At the time, I just didn’t think about it. Everyday she forgave me while wiping away her tears; she didn’t want to loose me as a friend so she put up with it. All she wanted was my acceptance, my understanding.

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We moved on to middle school, but things were still the same. I sat with her at lunch and criticized her favorite television shows and music. I could see the hurt in her eyes, but I brushed it off. Sticks and stones may break your bones but words can never hurt you; at least that’s what I thought. One day, however, things changed. I had forgotten my lunch money that day, and remarked how hungry I was. She pulled two dollars out of her pocket and handed it to me, “Here, You can have mine, I don’t need it. Really, just take it.” The look in her eyes was unforgettable as she begged for my approval. As if by taking her money I would be granting her biggest wish. I will never forget that look. That was the look of a broken person, a person who only wanted acceptance among her peers. She had given me her own money and the only thing she wanted in return as my friendship. I took her money and bought lunch. That was the foulest tasting food I had ever eaten. That night I looked in the mirror and a face of a malicious monster stared back at me. All those years and I never realized how bad I was hurting her. I could barely stand my own reflection. The next day I saw her and I was filled with shame so I did the only thing I could do. I begged for her forgiveness, telling her that during those three years of taunting and teasing I didn’t know how bad I had treated her. I had finally woken up that day. I told her that I would understand if she never wanted to talk to me again. Then, to my great surprise she told me that she forgave me, that all was forgotten.

I learned so much from her, things I will never forget. I learned that children can be cruel. I discovered the importance of generosity and respect, the power of an apology, and guilt. But most importantly, I found out that forgiveness is the ultimate gift to one who wants to be forgiven. Although we went to different high schools, and I haven’t seen her in years, her face remains a constant in my life. Whenever someone wrongs me I recall the girl with the frizzy hair and how she forgave me for my brutality. When they ask for an apology, or even if they don’t, I forgive them. Because life is too short to hold grudges.For essay writing service please visit our site.

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