Natori Tinnon

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Thinking of the many people who have made a positive impact on my life, allows me to realize that there is one person who completely stands out. For someone to influence me, they must stand as a firm believer in success, and they must represent a favorable role model. There is only one person who fits that criteria: Ms. Ramachandran, “Call me Ms. Ram” is what she always told her students. 

Ms. Ram served as much more than just an educator. She was a mother, sister, and confidant. Her optimistic personality was always something that I looked forward to, especially when it came down to me choosing my college/career, and being confident in every decision I made.

My junior year in high school, I spoke to her about my aspirations to be a Forensics Serologist. She looked at me and said “That’s wonderful honey, but specifying your occupation in a broad workforce, such as Forensics, is like limiting your success”. Though I thought serology was something I wanted to do, I realized that I could be surrounded with many more opportunities without putting a hold on my occupation. Ms. Ram always wanted me to boldly accept challenges, even if I was uncertain or doubtful.

I am now a senior in high school, whose mindset has converted entirely, and Ms. Ram played a huge part in that. She saw potential in me, that no one else saw. She pushed me to succeed no matter the circumstance, and I will remember every moral and important fact that she has instilled in me. I know now that I am capable of anything, and that my intelligence will result in major success. In the future, I will no longer limit my opportunities. I will be successful.