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I am a student, and as a student, I have worked long hours and spent days agonizing over a few sentences. As a student, I have felt excited and grateful when discovering a new concept or idea. As an undergraduate, I struggled with justifying an English degree and a writing minor. As a graduate student, I struggled with focusing my research interests to something more narrow than the legal and social implications of mass communications. I have discovered that defining my research and academic goals cannot be separated from other aspects of my personality or experience.

I am also a daughter, and as a daughter I have struggled against my parent's influence. I tried to separate their values from my own so that I could discover "who I am." Nevertheless, I have also discovered that when I argue or when I laugh, I sound exactly like my mother. Despite my struggles, my parents gradually became two of my closest friends.

I am sister, and as a sister, I have felt both rivalry and comaderie. I enjoy the security of knowing that in my old age, I will likely have someone that I can argue with about the past. Someone who actually knows my past.

I am a friend, and as a friend, I have discovered that moderation in all things is necessary.



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Nissa Laughner's homepage project Fall, 2002
In partial fulfillment of MMC 5015, Electronic Publishing
, taught at the College of Journalism and Communications at the University of Florida