June 23, 2006

“Be Your Own Person

Take Your Own Road”

By Andrea Munoz
Standley Middle School
San Diego, Ca.

“Two Roads diverged in a wood and I, I took the one less traveled by and that has made all the difference.” This is a quote from the poem “The Road Not Taken” by Robert Frost.

This morning, I’m here to tell you that you can’t let others influence you. Be your own person! Take your own road! Throughout these past three years at Standley Middle School, I’m sure, we all have set some type of academic goal for ourselves. We had to make decisions. Did we take the road that made us popular, but our school work suffered? Or, did we take the path that was academically righteous? We knew we could have achieved success if we just did our own thing. We had many temptations along the way. Our peers, life experiences, things that could have distracted us and veered us off the road we originally wanted to travel. Somehow, through it all, we stayed focused on our own less traveled Road that helped us achieve our goals.

Being female and a minority, I already have a lot to overcome. This is why I took Anne Frank as a role model. She inspired me. Despite how society was treating her, her family, friends and neighbors, she didn’t let that stop her from trying to accomplish her goals. She could have taken the road of giving in. But NO! She chose to take the other road and fought against falling into the same trap as her Peers. Even though her society got to her, she never gave up her hopes and dreams, nor the thought of accomplishing them.

Now, as we venture forth and take the next step in our lives, you can see how “The Road Less Traveled” is better to take because it’s not for everyone. If you want to be your own leader, then you know to take the less traveled road and will take it. The Road less traveled facilitates growth and opens possibilities through helping you to make your own decisions and proving that you are ready to take chances and face any risk that you may be challenged with in life. The Road less traveled will help determine your future by helping you become more willing to grow and learn.

This may be the end of our time at Standley Middle School. It is the beginning of our lives! I hope, we will all remember to be our own Person!


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