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The Role of a Role Model - An Intern's Perspective

Superhero_Child_Yoh_BlogA role model is a term that describes "a person looked up to by others as an example to be imitated", as stated by the Oxford Dictionary. As basic as the term sounds, we consider our role models to be way more than just basic people, whether that person be a celebrity or a family member you very much admire. As humans, we all look up to someone for inspiration or support. Yet, do we really know what sets apart an everyday person from someone you would consider a role model?


They Inspire.

Having role models while growing up is inspiring. Role models lead you to become the person you want to be in the future. They help motivate you to become the best version of yourself. You also learn to overcome obstacles and how to deal with challenges. Good role models help you to succeed in life and lead you down the correct path. We try to mimic their life and their journey, because they have become successful.


They Mentor.

Personally, I have two role models, one of which is my dad and the other is my favorite soccer player, Cristiano Ronaldo. My dad is my main role model because I see him every day, and he is really a mentor to me. I always try to live his same moral life. He has always taught me to show respect to everyone and to be humble. My personality is the way it is because of him. I always strive to live by his teachings. After all, he has come a long way and faced many challenges in his life. He was born in poverty and has made his way out of it through hard work. He has been a great father to me and always takes care of me before thinking of himself.


They set aspirations. 

On the other hand, Cristiano Ronaldo is my second role model. Cristiano is one of the best, most well-known soccer players in the world. His outstanding talent and leadership have brought him great success. He is the reason I love playing soccer and he has taught me to always pursue my dreams.


They Cultivate More Role Models. 

I use the skills that I learn from my role models in my everyday life, especially the teachings from my dad. All of the obstacles my dad has faced have motivated me to never give up, no matter how hard my challenges may be. He has helped me shape my behavior at school, and at home, and has helped me be my best in everything I do. I want to make my dad proud and show him that all the work he has done for me is paying off.


Role models are everywhere and they are beneficial to our society. They create a cycle that motivates others to become leaders. Our society can only continue to grow better by having successful people and good role models for the next generation to look up to. We need more doctors, lawyers, police men, teachers, and other community members in important jobs to be role models. These people are the ones that are changing our future by encouraging us to succeed. A role model can be anyone; you don’t have to be the best soccer player or the smartest person in the world. Being a role model can start at an early age and you can motivate others just by being you.


About the Author: Erik Mendieta has been selected for two internships so far at Yoh and aspires to major in mechanical engineering in college. Currently in the 11th Grade, Erik captains his high school's soccer team and is a member of the elite "Starfinder" soccer club. His leadership skills and work ethic are second to none and make him a sound resource for inspiration and motivation in the workplace. 

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