Nick's Role Models and Influences
Five people who have influenced Nick Moolenijzer greatly
Ever since I read Night and many of Wiesel's essays in my sophomore history class, I have been very interested in Wiesel's struggle and his efforts for world peace. He has assuredly shaped how I view the world and how I want to help change the world. He is inspirational in his attempts to find peace in every part of the world, and his contributions are truly amazing.
Jack has always been an excellent role model. Ever since I was a little kid, I have always watched what my brother did so that I would know what to do. He has always been willing to take the first step or do something first so that I would have a model to look at and follow. He's incredibly kind and well-rounded, an excellent person to model after.
Kay and Nick Moolenijzer
Throughout my life, my parents have served as the ultimate role models. They both are always there to guide my decisions and help me learn how to be a good person. They have constantly instilled important values in me, though it was surely hard when I was an obnoxious little kid. Whenever I am not sure how to go forward with whatever I am doing, whether it's as inconsequential as how to do my homework or it's as important as deciding what college to go to, my parents are always there to help my decision along. They almost always give suggestions, not commands, which is really important for me, because that means I can make personal decisions that still take their ideas into account.
Although it seems silly to have a role model that's a fictional character, I sincerely see Dumbledore as someone that influenced my life greatly and who has a good character to follow. His constant fighting for the oppressed and for the good of all people is valiant. He often says things that are excellent words to live by, such as when he tells Harry that "it does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live." These phrases are not only important to understanding Dumbledore as a character but it also gives good advice to readers. I actually think that being a fictional character is almost better, because then there won't usually be surprises about who he really is, and it's also more accessible to everyone: anyone can look up to Dumbledore after they read the series.
Friends are often the best role models, because they are often in similar situations as you and can help show how to handle them. Andrew is a great example of this type of role model, because he isn't afraid to do something first and he usually does it well. He is also a great character role model - for instance, when we were both freshmen and didn't really know each other that well, I didn't have a partner for a history project so he asked me to be in his group. It was a simple gesture, but it was really kind and empathetic, and showed me that I really should try to do similar things for people who look like they are left out. A lot of time, I also tend to think too much about the future and not enough about what's happening now, but being friends with Andrew has helped me realize how important it is to live now and enjoy every day.