Emily Griffen 10 considers her sister to be the most important and influential person in her life.
“Spontaneity. That is the one word I would use to describe my sister. She is always changing, and guiding me to do new things and test my boundaries. Her name is Sarah. She’s my best friend, and the person I can rely on the most. She goes to college in New Jersey, where I’m from, which is hard because I don’t get to see her that much anymore. Sarah taught me that it doesn’t matter if I end up in a wonderful, high paying job, and the most important thing is that I’m happy, despite all of the pressures. When I was much younger, like all other older siblings, I am sure she did not like me. But, as soon as I entered sixth grade and we rode on the bus together, that was our change from being sisters to friends. She started telling me her problems, and became someone I could go to when I’m struggling. I have always struggled with keeping myself in the right mindset, so having her has made me more susceptible to other people. She is what drives everything I do; she is my icon.”