Humans of Falls Church: What Makes You A Better Person?

Jia Williams, Feature Editor

For this issue’s Humans of Falls Church we asked four of our Jaguars: What is someone or something that makes you a better person?

“Throughout my life, there have been a number of things that have made me a better person. I believe that the greatest influence in my life has been my friends. They are always there to encourage me to do my schoolwork and homework, although I never feel like doing it. Friends are like a second family to me. I am able to share my life with them without being misunderstood, judged, ridiculed, or even ignored. Overall, my friends have always been there for me and I hope that I can return the favor.”
-Eduardo Benitez (11)
“I would say one thing that makes me a better person is my love of books. I will read any fantasy book I can get my hands on. Looking back, I realize I probably got the majority of my vocabulary from books. That has definitely helped me better understand harder texts in class. Not only that, but when I read, I sometimes take on some of the traits of the characters. The way the characters interact sort of changes my countenance. Reading has helped me immensely with my writing skills. The style of the authors I read rubs off of me.”
-Sarah Giusti (9)
“Playing sports teaches me timemanagement, teamwork, sacrifice, striving for a goal, and most importantly it makes me a better person. The feeling I get is a motivator. Failing at something makes me want to try harder and succeed the next time. Ever since I started playing it has made me more cooperative, hard-working, responsible, and kind. Responsibility is learned when I get blamed for my mistakes and accept it then get over it, and improve my skills. Kindness is acquired through helping teammates. Playing sports whether it’s at school or outside, has truly helped me be a better person.”
-Khadija Hasan (10)
“If I had to choose one person that makes me a better person it would be my mom. She is always looking to push me with everything I’m doing, and she’s always looking for me to give 110 percent even if I’m doing something I don’t enjoy. My mom is also someone who is there for me no matter what I’m going through or what I’m facing, and is always willing to listen.”
-Mohammed Faisal (11)