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Sophie Hassell
Professor Jizi
University Writing 1103
1 October 2015
Self-Authorship Essay
Who am I? Great question. Immediately I picture a tall female, eighteen years old and
awkward in situations. I see that I am white with dark brown hair and freckles. I am a high
school graduate and a new college freshman at the University of North Caronia at Charlotte. I am
shy and friendly, passionate and determined. I care about those around me; I am a friend. I am a
tennis player, but not a very good one. Traveling is one of my loves, history is the other. Looking
back at myself at four years old, I see elements of my existence which have carried through to
present day. When I was a child, I loved being outside, going on adventures, and playing games.
Today, I am still very comparable, I enjoy going to zoos and parks, and I love those late night
family games. Sadly, I am busy and overwhelmed with duties of being an adult that I have no
time for the childhood luxury of free time to get lost in my imagination. I am more of an
introvert today versus the open child I once was. As more responsibility was piled on me, the
more I grew up, leaving the care-free younger me behind as I took on new and exciting
challenges in the adult world.
With the new experiences I gained in life came knowledge and wisdom of the world
around me. My core values circulate around wisdom with knowledge, loyalty, and ethical
practice following close behind. I demand to obtain knowledge in life, because what is the
purpose of living through each day without learning new ideas and information? My experiences
and what I have obtained through my eighteen years have made me who I am and have helped

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me in choosing who I spend my time with. Loyalty is very important to me. Without knowing I
have strong bonds between my friends and family, and that they will never abandon me, makes
my life feel powerful and priceless. Ethical practice is significant in my life because I am
pursuing a career path in business administration. So many business people are corrupt and
greedy for more money. When I enter the corporate world I plan to conduct my business in fair,
ethical ways. The most important value in my life in wisdom. Being able to use my experiences
and information and be able to apply it on a larger scale then my own life is the whole
embodiment of wisdom. I obtained wisdom through the books I read the shows I watched when I
was younger and even today. I have always taken what I have learned and experienced and used
it to help those around me. My value of wisdom comes from my family and the diverse and
unique lives each side has lived. I have learned so much about different cultures and have used
such information to interact with others and gain new perspectives on life.
My outlook on life and what made me who I am today derives from going through a
period of loss. As sophomore year of high school was coming to an end, one of my friends
decided to stir up some trouble with the group as a hole. She used undisclosed information I had
told her to drag me away from my best friends with her, resulting in everything blowing out of
proportion and me loosing all my friends. Those girls had been my friends since elementary
school, they understood me and I, them. Knowing that the friendship was over for good, Summer
commenced and I spent my time with the culprit of my loneliness, secretly loathing her but not
wanting to be alone. When Junior year began I was still upset with having just lost the only
people I felt comfortable around. Quickly, I began to talk to those I spoke to in class only from
last year. I realized I had a lot in common with many of them. I began to create new friendships,
realizing I did not have to be alone forever. I found my closest friends this year. Although I

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experienced teenage girl drama I would not change anything that had happened. Yes, I still miss
my old friends and the fun we always had but without loosing them I would have never realized
how important companionship is. I recognized it is okay to spend time alone but at the end of the
day humans need friendship. Through experiencing this falling out, I have become more passive,
avoiding drama at all costs and learning how to maintain healthy friendships built on trust.
My love of France also makes me who I am today. I always had a passion for travel and
when I finally got to go to France I was so excited. The trip began in the northern countryside of
France where I was placed with host family. The girl, my age, taught me how to communicate
with people who spoke a different language. Her town was so picturesque, the old buildings with
cobblestone roads, I immediately fell in love. I thought I full of awe until I saw Paris. Just the
simple things made me emotional like the crpe stands and the pain du chocolat. The nature of
France made me so peaceful. Sitting in the gardens on a warm day or standing on top of the Arch
du Trimphe as a cool breeze blows through your hair as you take in the magnificent city before
you are experiences I hold dear to me. I will never forget my time spent in the beautiful country
and I know I will end up back there one day soon. I have become more admirable to the little
things in life, the small treasures and beauty that life offers.
How people see me is very different depending on who you ask. Certain aspects of my
personality comes based on who I am with. My mother sees me as smart and talented at what I
do, but with my teenage year she has also witnessed my independence and impatient in many
situations. My friends have experienced my extreme weirdness, my odd sense of humor, and my
slight sassy ways. To my high school tennis coach, I was extremely competitive and strong
willed, ready to fight for the win. These people in my life have brought out different aspects of

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my personality, enabling me to become the individual I am today. Without their support and
attitudes toward me I might not be the confident and unique girl I am proud to be.
My core character strength is my kindness and generosity. Since I can remember, I have
always been a kind person willing to do anything for the people around me. Being kind and
generous gives me a euphoric feeling knowing I made someones day better in some way. During
the Spring of this year, my friend came out to me, informing me she has a girlfriend. Their long
distance relationship had prevented them from meeting, limiting their time to video chatting and
texting. Knowing the separation was making my friend miserable, I utilized my kindness and
generosity and offered to drive her up to Boston to finally meet her partner in person. We took
the trip in one day, leaving early in the morning and returning late at night. I knew then that I got
my kindness and generosity from my mother. No matter what my mother is doing is will always
drop everything for family or for her friends. Its an amazing feeling knowing you helped
someone or did a good deed. My friend has thanked me countless of times for being so generous
for driving her the long distance and I would do it again for those in my life.
I am an individual who firmly stands for my beliefs. I believe in freedom and equality for
all, regardless of race, religion, sexual identical, gender, etc. For my entire life I have witnessed
countless acts of hatred towards those whom are different in society. When I was young, I could
not comprehend why people thought certain ways of life were dishonorable or inhumane. As I
aged I was no longer shielded from the horrors of the news a media but saw the disgusting truths
of the world we live in. I have grown up with very diverse and unique people in my life. My
parents taught me to never judge someone based upon the color of their skin or their spirituality.
Freedom and equality is a right for all humankind. I believe that with acceptance of those who
having differing attribute from ourselves peace can finally be brought to our planet.

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So, who am I? I am a very complex and unique individual. Before analyzing myself in
detail I had imagined myself to be a simple individual with little to write about. I see now that
even though my life has not been as intense as others, I am still distinctive individual with my
own memories, emotions, values, and beliefs. Old memories have been reopened and my stories
told. I am surprised at all the information and aspects of myself I was able to gather and write
about. Because of this writing I have realized my true self and seen my growth into adult hood. I
also am able to understand what I need to do in the years to come to make sure I stick to who I
am, and not change into something I am not.