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   Ralf Waldo Emerson once asked the question "Who shall set a limit on influence?" With a lot of influences in my life, my parish is one of the top influences that has made me who I am. The church without saying, brought God into my life and with religious classes from the priests in our parish, I was introduced to the teaching of Christ, which set a standard of morals for me that I try to abide to. Another important aspect that the church gave to me is a sense of belonging, anybody could feel like our church is a friend because of all functions that the parish creates.
   Even though I don't have a specific goal in life, I have a general idea what my job will be involved with. English has been a big factor in my life, so I hope that everything will go my way to become a writer. I know that it won't be a well paying job, but I am going to try to do this because I love to write. If for some reason this plan doesn't work out, I would like to become a professor or teacher of English, so I could pass on the pleasure of literature and writing.
   To get the education needed to be able to do what I want to do, I decided to start my education at Canisius College. Canisius College is rated as one of the strongest and best colleges in the Northeastern part of the United States. I plan to attend Canisius for two years, after that I want to finish my education at Fordham University in Manhattan because of their strong English program.
   As you can see I want to be on the road to success and want to leave the feeble minded at home to rest. I'm proud of heritage and I want everybody in the Ukrainian community to look at me and say that I turned out to be a respectable and admirable man.

(Michael Petryshyn)

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