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Five Influential People in my Life: Izzy K.

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Melissa Thaxton

on 18 November 2014

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Transcript of Five Influential People in my Life: Izzy K.

Personal: Mum
Religion: Dylan (brother)
Politics: Dad
Media: Idina Menzel
I saw Idina Menzel perform as Elphaba in "Wicked." I loved the show and was mesmerized by Idina's musical capabilities. I was inspired to act and
sing. I signed up for musical and play classes. In the past years I have been involved in four shows, and have greatly enjoyed my experiences. My love for theater was influenced by seeing Idina Menzel.
Five Influential People in my Life
This project is a collection of five people that I think have influenced my personality and my outlook on the world. Each person represents a category: personal, religion, politics, media, and gender. I would not be who I am without these people in my life.
Gender: Jamie Utt
My mother has influenced
my work ethic, through helping me with the writing process. She has taught me that if I want my work to reflect the best of my abilities, it will take effort, focus, and diligence. When I face projects with these ideals I have pride for my work.
I heard Jamie Utt present at a leadership convention. He talked about stereotypes, and this made me think about my prejudices. I associated the color pink with girls and sports with boys. However, I became conscious of what I was really thinking. I was assigning behaviors to different sexes, and by doing so, I was making rules about gender. As I reflected on my thinking, I realized these were negative stereotypes. I changed how I thought of gender, and was able to open my mind to other prejudices I had about groups of people. Now I look at people openly, and I do not judge them.
Jamie Utt. Digital image. LinkedIn. LinkedIn,
2014. Web. 16 Nov. 2014. <https://www.linkedin.com/pub/jamie-utt/61/1ab/a65>.
Dan Kotlowitz. Digital image. Department of
Theater. Trustees of Dartmouth College, 24 Jan. 2014. Web. 16 Nov. 2014. <http://www.dartmouth.edu/~theater/faculty/dankotlowitz.html>.
My father and I will have long conversations about politics and world issues. Our discussions led to my awareness and interest about what is going on in our world. Instead of being overwhelmed when hearing about major problems, I am able to think calmly, because of guidance my father has given me regarding how to think about the world. Our conversations have made me think about attending law school, because I want to contribute to our society.

November 18, 2014
Since we were young Dylan and I have loved playing in our backyard. The time we spent outside inspired my love for nature. Whenever I am stressed or troubled, going outside and seeing the beauty and breathing in the air calms me. My brother helped support the connection I have with environment, because we grew up playing in our yard. The "outdoors" is my religion: it is where I receive motivation, serenity, and my sense of self.
Idina Wicked 1. Jpg. Digital image. Defying
Gravity. Wicked Wiki, n.d. Web. 17 Nov. 2014. <http://wicked.wikia.com/wiki/File:Idina_Wicked_1.jpg>.
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