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The Person that I admired most :)

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Trisha Mae Aquino
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Virtually, all the people admire someone, especially us teenagers nowadays. Being teenagers, we admire movie stars and singers who make a lot of money and are famous. Also when a teenager hears the word “admiration”, the teen may also think of someone who inspires him or her, or a mere infatuation rather than love. However, some teenagers admire those people without really knowing much about them. For me, I see the word “admiration” in a different perspective. Admiration is a kind of respect given to people who are competent and showcase talents that can motivate self improvement through looking up to these admirable people who I see as role models.

I admit that I have a lot of people who I admire but beyond these hundreds of people who I look up to, the first person that popped in my mind the moment I was given the topic was my elder cousin who I refer to as my “ate” or sister and also my best friend for life. She is not a world famous celebrity or a multibillionaire but I am proud to admit that she is a very important character in my life. I look up to her and save my admiration to her because she is a special woman with an admirable personality. Ate Trisha is my first cousin on my mother side and she is the fourth eldest in our cousin line and the eldest in terms of us who are girls. I don’t only admire her because of her exquisite personality but also for all she has done for me especially during life situations where I am feeling down.

Even though we are not sisters by blood, I regard her as my older sister since my family and hers had lived together under the same roof the moment I was born and before I started to go to school. Ate Trisha is the youngest child of her family and has an older brother named Darylle. Being the youngest child, she often told me that she wishes to have a younger sister so that she can share her collection of Barbie dolls and do makeover for hours. Looking at my baby albums, I see my cousin beside me when I was a baby sleeping and grimacing towards me. My mom told me that she really wanted to have a sister that she even persuaded her dad to buy her a baby doll. Even at her young age, she wanted to have a baby sister to take care of.

Being her as the first person I admire the most, she is my confidant -my partner in crime for life. Just like any other siblings, we also fought even though we are not really siblings at all. We may act stubborn towards each other but at the end of the day we can’t help but laugh about how we acted. She is the person who helps others and tries to put a smile to everyone’s face. She is a good student and I can see that she is really determine and focused on her studies because she wanted to make her parents proud. Being a good student, she does not usually hangout with her friends regularly during the weekends and prefers to stay home to study. She grew up to become a self-disciplined daughter and a student who learned to budget her time wisely and efficiently.

Because of her determination, she graduated as class valedictorian during sixth grade and that was the time that I regard her not only as a best friend but also a role model. Reminiscing these past years, I was accustomed to her face that every after school I go straight at their house to visit her and ask her to help in my school works. Until one time, her parents decided to continue her studies at Guam and at their last departure as she bid goodbye, all of us her cousins cannot she will be gone and we cried for tons as we bid our goodbyes to her.

Maybe to those who knew my cousin, they think that she lives a happy-go-lucky life but the truth is, she is happy in living a simple life at Guam. Just like others, she had also experienced being down and she has no one to talk to for her problems because here in the Philippines we usually discuss what is bothering us and advice each other. I can just imagine how hard it is for her to transfer to another school which she had considered her second home throughout her life where she had experience loved and built friendship. And worst of all, moving to another country, having no idea what to expect. Whenever she comes to visit for summer, which for us studying here in the Philippines it would be around the month of June and July, she usually waits for me to ask me how I am and how school is going. I don’t even think twice on having a sleepover at their house during her vacation because I do really miss my best friend. During our late nights before we sleep, we talk about some girly stuff like our crushes and also our main priorities in life. I admit that even though, I was too sleepy I still manage to listen to her talks especially how she lives in Guam and through her stories, I discovered a different side of her.

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