A Positive Influence

older brother Neil has had an incredible impact on my life. He has taught me many virtues, influenced my actions, and helped to mold me into the person I am today. Throughout my childhood Neil has inspired and encouraged me to become a more generous, moral, and confident person.

Neil's sheer generosity has helped to establish a similar quality within my actions. When I was ten or eleven years old, Neil paid me to assist him in cutting yards around the neighborhood. Years later I realized that my help was unnecessary and that he had paid me out of his own pocket just so I could make extra money. On another occasion Neil drove from Baton Rouge to New Orleans to bring me a bag that I had left at his apartment. That incredible favor is yet another example of the generosity he has shown me throughout my life. Although Neil's generosity is enough to impress many people, his morals have left an even larger impression upon me.

Neil's moral behavior has inspired me to become a more honorable and moral person.

Soon after I began Jesuit High School, Neil wrote me letters about the great amount of respect

that young girls deserve. His words touched me in a way that made me realize the importance of

his morals, and that realization allowed me to have a greater admiration for him. A year after

those letters, Neil wrote me again in reference to the use of drugs and alcohol. He explained how

the use of those harmful substances could ruin the rest of my life, and his approach was

convincing enough to keep me away from making destructive decisions. Moral behavior is not

an easy task to achieve in today's society, but Neil's superior confidence has given him the

strength to live up to his own moral standards.

Neil's display of confidence has allowed me to become more confident in myself and in

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