Behind closed doors I saw her tears. Behind her back I heard the laughing. I watched her as she never gave up. So much of what makes me who I am today, I learned from her. She is my older sister, Lisa.
I had reasons to admire Lisa other than her being my older sister. From the beginning, everything was hard for her. In elementary school, Lisa wore glasses and was constantly teased by the other children. They were unaware of the emotional harm they caused her. Later, Lisa was diagnosed with a learning disability. Her school years were extremely difficult, both socially and academically.
Lisa influenced me most when she was in high school, and I was in middle school. Lisa knew the importance of a good education, even though it was a struggle for her. Despite the fact that many of her peers were not college-bound, she strove to do her best. She was the only one in the basic skills classes who ever finished her assignments and worked to make the honor roll.
As Lisa's independence and confidence grew, she no longer wanted to be part of the basic skills classes. She wanted to do it on her own. Knowing how far she had come and how determin...
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...I didn't let Lisa's learning disability affect our relationship as sisters or as friends. I always looked up to her as my big sister. Even with her disability, Lisa was very intelligent. All she needed was to be taught in a different way, a way that she could understand.
Lisa has taught me more about living happily than anyone. Through hard work and determination she overcame her disability and will graduate from Curry College in June. Lisa has made the most out of her life and she has never given up. My wish is to be as optimistic, happy and successful as she.
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