THE KIND OF PERSON I WANT TO BE…
Ashlie Anctil, Notre Dame Academy, Worcester, Massachusetts (USA)
Every virtue in this book is necessary for life's journey, but it is how we all use these virtues that really matters. People tend to kid themselves and pretend like they know what they are doing. Do not be afraid to ask for help along the way
Emma Goljan, Notre Dame Academy, Worcester Massachusetts (USA)
In this day and age the media and popular magazines are telling teenage girls to be the prettiest with the shortest skirts and the cutest boyfriends. But in reality no one really has all these things.
The person I would like to become is a person who has more confidence in herself. From what I have found by doing this project, I do not have much confidence. I will personally say I do not find many good things about myself that others say are good. People say that I have a good life and I look back at them and wonder what is life without a strong realization in who you really are. The person I want to become is a person that can go up to someone and tell them exactly what is on their mind.
I want to look in the mirror and not wonder how I can improve. With all the hype of being the perfect girl it is tough to do this. Unfortunately I have not been able to live up to my expectations...yet. I hope that some day I will be perfectly accepting and stop worrying about what other people think and only care about what I think about myself. I just hope someday I can accept my personality and body and be happy with who I am as me, not who I wish I could be. It is a difficult process but I am coming to a solution and I am excited and yearning to see what life brings me in the future.
Elena Simoncini, Notre Dame Academy, Worcester Massachusetts (USA)
I want to be a good person with morals, honor, and integrity. I want to live by the values that my parents taught to me as a child, and the values that I hold to be important.
I would like to live by honesty, respect, compassion, and peacemaking. If you can be honest with yourself and with others you can be happy and I would like to be happy.
I would like to live by respect because I want to be respected as well. If I treat others with the respect that they, and everyone, deserves then I will be respected in return.
I would like to live by compassion because all people deserve compassion and it is natural for a human being to feel compassion for those that they see suffering. I really do enjoy volunteering and helping others less fortunate, I would love to continue doing so in the future.
I would like to live by the virtue of peacemaking because I cannot stand conflict. When I see people fighting I just need to get involved and mediate, I cannot watch people be angry with each other. Peacemaking I a great virtue because the ability to settle arguments will help you deal with people.
It is hard to grow up nowadays. I always heard one of my former teachers say, "I wouldn't give the world to grow up the way you all have to." It is important to know who you want to become and what values you want to live by in today's world.
Lydia Vasiliauskas, Notre Dame Academy, Worcester Massachusetts (USA)
When I am older I want to be a strong and self-confident person. I want to be someone who is not shy to voice their own opinion. Now I would rather listen to what other people have to say on a subject than tell other people what I think. I usually do not speak often or say what I think when there is an "open" conversation. I will usually sit back and listen to what other people are saying and keep my opinions to myself. When I am older I want the "courage" to say my opinions to people and be more involved in an "open" conversation.
Also, I would like to be more self confident. I would like to be able to walk around not worrying what other people are thinking about me, and not really caring. Most people do not know who I really am. I don’t want to have to worry about being someone who I think they want me to be.
Rebecca Volturo, Notre Dame Academy, Worcester Massachusetts (USA)
I want to become an understanding, compassionate, and caring person. I want people to feel comfortable talking to me when they need to do so, or listening when they need advice. I want to be an honest, wholesome person who has enough courage to stand up for what I believe. I would like to live a life filled with love, faith, and happiness.
Katie Foley, Notre Dame Academy, Worcester, Massachusetts (USA)
I would like to become a happy, confident, well-balanced, and loving person. I want to be able to say that I am proud of my life and all of the things that I have done. I would like to be able to speak for myself without being shy. I want to learn to do a variety of things and to enjoy the learning process as well as the final product. I want to know that I have a strong base group of family and friends as well as a number of acquaintances. I want to be a good person.
Deidre Keenan, Notre Dame Academy, Worcester Massachusetts (USA)
Looking to the future is something that is often done,
What will the coming years bring except for great fun?
How will the times change, what kind of person will I become?
This is a question often asked; I’ve contemplated it some.
To be respected, live happily, and be an example to all,
I want to bring a smile to everyone, the big or the small.
To live a virtuous life is something to strive for,
I must start young but continue to grow more.
I want to have fun and enjoy everything that I do,
Sometimes be serious and to myself always be true.
To be respected I must respect others in turn,
Becoming a good person is something I will learn.
Courage is important and honesty is too,
Showing laughter and joy is what I will do.
I will show wise judgment, show compassion and love,
Make the world a peaceful place like a delicate dove.
It is important to realize the possibilities to come,
When I grow up this is who I want to become.
Courtney Lincoln, Notre Dame Academy, Worcester Massachusetts (USA)
I want to be that type of person who is always there for a friend. I want to use my sense of humor and listening skills to listen and actually hear what a person has to say. I want to be strong and independent. I want to be courageous yet understanding. I would have to be honest and loving. I want to be the person I want to be so I can be whole and happy and emotionally happy. I think doing what’s right is often hard, especially, if doing wrong is so much easier. I hope I can be able to become the type of person I want to be.
Holly Hight, Notre Dame Academy, Worcester Massachusetts (USA)
I hope that someday I can make a positive difference in the world. This poem by Emily Dickenson accurately describes my goal:
"If I can stop one heart from breaking,
I shall not have lived in vain.
If I can ease one life
the aching, or cool one’s pain,
or help one fainting robin
unto his nest again,
I shall not have lived in vain.
Meghan Daigle, Notre Dame Academy, Worcester Massachusetts (USA)
The kind of person I want to become is one that is successful, nurturing, and loving. I would like to live by virtues such as respect for creation and human life, honesty, wise judgement, wholeness, courage, justice, compassion, peacemaking, love, hope, and faith. Although I may not be able to life by ALL of these virtues ALL of the time, I can try my best and work to achieve my goal as becoming who I want to become. This way, I can feel confident and wise throughout my life's future journeys. By following these virtues, I am also closer to becoming the person I want to be.
Anastasia Exarchos, Notre Dame Academy, Worcester Massachusetts (USA)
I want to be me, not simply adhering to society's standards or what other people want me to be. I want to truly be a person who cares. I don't want to care for others for my gain, but for theirs. When life gets tough, I don't want to easily give up. I want to be courageous and strong. I want to know that I can make it through anything because of my soul and those who love me. I don't want to be a liar or get places in life by ignoring the rules. I want to challenge the ideas behind the rules if I don't like them, but I don't want to break them carelessly. Where does that get me?
I want to do the right thing, not because I want people to notice me, but because I know it is what I have to do. I want love to surround me and for me to give it to others willingly and without hesitation. Growing up is simply a series of mistakes. You learn from them and change for the good. I hope that who I become is a product of learning about the good.
Kathryn Liddell, Notre Dame Academy, Worcester Massachusetts (USA)
I want to be a loving person, always showing compassion
Willing to help anyone out, and always putting others before myself
I want to be a caring person, always I want to be there when I’m needed…
I want to be a forgiving person, I don’t want to hold grudges…
When times get tough, I want to be able to get through them with a smile, using my faith in God…
I want to respect life and learn to respect myself.
Lindsey Miller, Notre Dame Academy, Worcester, Massachusetts (USA)
When I grow up, I want to be someone who makes an impact on people’ lives.
Heather Landes, Notre Dame Academy, Worcester, Massachusetts (USA)
Who do I want to be?
It’s a hard question, really.
It is something every young person feels.
But it gets easier with the change of the years.
First I know I want to be kind.
The kind of person who leaves no one behind.
I want to be remembered as a "person that would"
Give a helping hand whenever I could.
I also want to be honest too.
Always telling the truth to you.
The truth will always "set you free"
And give you a sense of integrity.
Funny is something I strive to be.
Because sometimes a simple laugh is the "key".
To make people feel better is my goal.
To turn a frown into a smile, will be my role.
I need to be original, stand apart from the rest.
To be different while still acting my best.
Originality is hard to achieve today,
But to achieve it, I will go out of my way.
Loving is what I need to be, above all
Without love our world would fall.
I need to give love and receive it.
And express my feelings without putting up a fit.
If I can be all of these things,
I will be flying without wings.
Chelsea Parent, Notre Dame Academy, Worcester, Massachusetts (USA)
When I am grown and mature, I don’t want much.
I don’t want to be rich, or have expensive things….
I want to have faith…
I want to see the beauty of all creation…
O want to be at peace with myself and my choices…
I want to be kind, moral, and be me.
Deirdre Milionis, Notre Dame Academy, Worcester, Massachusetts (USA)