Written by Morris, almost 18, August 8, 2006
Although I am a relatively new inhabitant of this planet, I have
been blessed to have crossed paths as well as become close with
a complete and total smorgasbord board of people throughout my stay
here. Meeting and interacting with everyone I have thus far has
genuinely helped me to become an understanding, perceptive, and
I have been enrolled in three different high schools in three different
cities. I learned important lessons from all of them. One was very
close to being completely homogeneous, and it baffled me to see
that kids there were comfortable in a setting like that. The second
school’s population was more or less split into two groups
and the students there seemed fine with the way it was. I didn’t
exactly fall into either one of the categories and I refused to
be tolerant of intolerance. My present high school is perfect for
me, the student and faculty are so diverse and I enjoy being an
ingredient in my school’s melting pot of individuals. When
I was younger I once drew the classic smiley face with all the colors
of the rainbow inside and under I wrote the word “colorblind”.
That shirt got a whole lot of use and if I wasn’t a couple
feet taller these days, it would still be part of my wardrobe.
Living in Miami, a city that has a whole lot of activity at all
hours of the day has helped me to hone my perceptiveness. I believe
that I am a perceptive person to both the internal workings of people
as well as the external environment around. What I mean by that
statement is that being around all the people I have and all the
situations I have been part of has given me the foresight to in
a way predict the actions a person will take by their body language
and general demeanor. The external factor is knowing your surroundings
and never getting stuck somewhere you don’t want to be. Being
perceptive has helped to keep my friends and myself more or less
unscathed throughout the years.
On the other hand, Miami’s diversity creates an excellent
springboard to make friends all around the city. It seems as though
you can always find something in common with any random person in
Miami. In my opinion any relationship’s integrity is based
on common ground shared by the two people. And I honestly believe
that if you look hard enough you can always relate to someone else
and leave them with a smile. I can’t wait to start at FSU
and begin to mesh with the rest of the student body.
All in all, my life before college has shaped me into an understanding,
perceptive and friendly person to everyone I meet.