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             I will never forget the fairy tales relayed to me as a child. These magnificent stories my parents read to me, were the only thing I enjoyed about bedtime. As soon as I heard the words "Once upon a time" I was drawn into a timeless fantasy, far away from reality. What I did not know then, was that I was not only listening to these tales but I was also learning an important role on how I would view the world throughout my life. From the numerous fairy tales read to me, the "Ugly Duckling" and the "Beauty and the Beast" have had the most impact on shaping my character. These two fairy tales have instilled my belief that beauty should not be based on a person's physical appearance, but more importantly on the beauty found within. .
             Third grade was a difficult year for me. Just as I began to love school and have many wonderful friends, my parents decided to move. I finished the rest of third grade at a new school and was all alone. No one talked to me or sat by me, I thought everyone hated me. They all made fun of me because I wore glasses and had braces. I felt like the ugly duckling and wanted to hide alone like the beast. Being a shy person, I became even more withdrawn. By the end of the first week, I wanted to fly away from everything and everyone that bothered me just like the ugly duckling did. .
             Nothing changed until the fourth grade. I can remember the day so well, I was sitting at lunch as a singular heart, feeling invisible to the onlookers. A girl approached me and introduced herself. We talked for a while and found out that we had many things in common. I was so excited that I could hardly wait for the next day. From this day on I loved to attend school. My confidence increased, so I decided to join a dance class outside of school. I made more friends in this class including a neighbor girl. .
             Everything was perfect until junior high school. My best friend and I became friends with five other girls.

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