My friends would tell you I am a pretty good person. I am prone to wander, justify my errors, and think ugly thoughts. We all do it. None of that is good.
Who we are when no one’s looking—that speaks the most truth about us.
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Your example and support of me this summer has impacted me in ways you will never know, and I will never be able to repay you. You exemplify integrity and good character when no one is watching, and more importantly, when you have nothing to gain. In case the terms are unclear, I've defined the meaning of character and reputation below. Character is defined as the mental and moral qualities distinctive to an individual. Reputation refers to the beliefs or opinions that are generally held about someone or something. As a society, we judge people on what we observe them doing or saying. This, I believe, causes people to care more about reputation than character, and this leads to inconsistent behaviors. I remember when the quote above became true for me. It was my sophomore year in college and I was the vice president of new club on campus, Phenomenal Women , an organization dedicated to empowering ladies in all areas of their lives. In this leadership role, I was in a position such that many young women trusted me with their traumatic secrets, faults, struggles, and dreams.
When people first meet me, it's common for them not to like me. I've kind of grown to accept this as a recurring theme in my life. To this day, the love of my life still laughs because he recalled to a mutual friend, "You know I hated that girl, the first time we met. I've been bullied enough in my lifetime to know I am a bit different, but through time, I've also learned to accept myself for it, more than that embrace it. John Wooden said it best, "The true test of a man's character is what he does when no one is watching. On any given day you'll find me giving food or the change in my pocket to homeless people. You'll find me walking blocks to deliver smoothies or pizza in heels.