Who Inspires You?

by Sherrondria Buchanan
(Dawson, GA USA)

Who Inspires You College Admission Essay - What is an inspiration? Literally, inspire means ‘to fill with breathe’. To me, inspiring someone is to provide them with motivation to do something positive.


My inspiration is Michael Jordan. Michael Jordan was born on February 17, 1963, in Brooklyn, New York. He was considered one of the best basketball players ever. Jordan dominated the sport of basketball from the mid-1980s to the late 1990s. He left University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill after his junior year to join the NBA. Throughout his basketball career, Jordan received various honors: Six-time NBA champion, NBA MVP, 10-time All-NBA First Team, All-NBA Second Team, Defensive Player of the Year, Nine-time All-Defensive First Team, Rookie of the Year, 14-time All-Star, All-Star MVP, One of 50 Greatest Players in NBA History, and Two-time Olympic gold medalist.

Michael Jordan is my inspiration for several reasons. One reason is because of the way he showed me that I can overcome any hardships that may be thrown at me during my lifetime. He inspires me the most with his relentless attitude in any situation. Jordan once played in a game while having the flu and still managed to win the game for his team. That showed that he would not let anything hold him down. It also exhibited that he didn’t believe in giving excuses for not fulfilling responsibilities and completing tasks.

Another way Michael Jordan motivates me is by his miraculous positive impact on young adults and teens worldwide. Unlike some other celebrities, Jordan is not selfish with his earnings. Somewhere between his busy schedules, he still donates funds to charities, gives back to communities, and helps people in need. The most important attribute that Jordan possesses that I look up to is his notable leadership skills. While playing in the NBA, Jordan was noteworthy for being an astounding leader. In some games he was responsible for carrying the team, especially when they needed it the most. His drive and ambition were displayed not only in words but in action by how he played with the team. Because of this, Jordan was well respected by other athletes and common people all over the world.

I believe that Michael Jordan is a magnificent role model. One day I hope to become as prosperous as he is. Jordan has motivated me to aim high and reach any goals that I have set for myself. My favorite quote of Jordan is “I've missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I've lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I've been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I've failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.” Michael Jordan has had an immense impact on my life and for that, I appreciate him.

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The Hermione In Me

by Kate Conroy-Voza
(Pitman, New Jersey, United States)

Example College Admission Essay - The Harry Potter series has been a huge part of my life since I was just six years old. I grew up learning and exploring with those characters, and they have influenced me more than anything else in the world. Hermione Granger in particular has always stood out to me as someone I can relate to and connect with. She has always been here for me, and she has been my motivation to keep moving forward through hard times.

I always knew Hermione and I were similar. Reading is my greatest pleasure, and the same can be said for Hermione. We have spent so many days in the library together, reading side by side. Hermione was like my best friend, and she and I were happy together, until things took a turn for the worse. In my junior year, I developed an eating disorder, and when it was exposed, I had to go to therapy for many months. I felt like I had lost everything; I didn’t even know who I was anymore. I was alone and scared, and it made me miserable. I didn’t think I could make it, and I just wanted everything to stop. I needed something, anything, to pick me up and make me see the great things I could do with my life if I was able to turn it around.

Hermione was there, even at my weakest points, to pump each breath from my lungs, to support me as I tried to walk to a better life. Hermione Granger is a proud Gryffindor, which means she is daring, strong, and “brave at heart”. I like to call myself a Gryffindor, and doing so has helped me survive. I just keep thinking, “I am a Gryffindor. Gryffindors can find the power in themselves to keep going. Hermione would tell me to keep going.” I know that if Hermione could see what I’ve done, she would say that I am a true Gryffindor. That is what keeps me alive, even when it seems like things will never get better.

Hermione will always be the most wonderful person I’ve ever had the pleasure to know. Even if she isn’t right next to me so that I could reach out and touch her, she is always with me, in my books and in my heart. I know to always be myself, but I was shaped by Hermione, and I will continue to let her guide me through every step of my time in this cold but beautiful world.

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