Richard Harris Julie Fulbright ENGL 1010 October 13

Richard Harris
Julie Fulbright
ENGL 1010
October 13, 2011
Compare and Contrast: My Sister and Me
Influences on individuals can create differences that are visible during even the briefest of observations. Certain influences will alter individuals even if they share backgrounds or upbringings. A family is a situation where children have the same parents, which result in intrinsic similarities, but the family produces children with unique characteristics. Specifically in my family, I share the same parents with only one of my siblings. She has become my guide to measure myself against as I come to various crossroads in my life where comparisons and contrasts help to shape my life and uniqueness. In my case, my sister and I have strikingly similar personalities, but we are quite different when it comes to our life goals and appearance.

My sister and I have strikingly similar personalities. My sister has an effervescent and bold attitude when she enters a room or a conversation; likewise, I have been told that I fill a room with my energy when I enter or deliver a charge to a topic. We also seem to take on stress in a similar fashion, allowing mistakes, disappointments, and slights to compound over time before we inadvertently burst, emotionally. This is not to say that neither of us deals with issues immediately, but it shows that we are flippant when it comes to what we think to be a minute issue. Incredibly, we share a strong-willed, even bordering on stubborn at times, quality to our personality that often create rifts or differences in our relationship as brother and sister. Our personalities are actually a root of our divisiveness. This affects areas of our life decisions my sister and I make individually.
Even though my sister and I mirror each other’s personalities, our vision of success through our life goals is completely different. She is eight years older than me, which certainly skews the way she sees her life goals. My sister decided at an early age that she wanted to have a child; however, I made a decision to postpone that stage of my life in exchange to have what I perceived as an unfettered young adulthood. Her decision to pursue an early parenthood consequently put more pressure on her to provide for her immediate family, which led to life goals that insure a career with financial stability; on the other hand, I spent the same period of my life being far more interested in travels, discoveries, and adventures while I was a young man. She successfully satisfies her life goals by rearing a daughter; conversely, I satisfy my life goals through amassing miles, memories, and stories. The differences that exist in our life goals are seen from the exterior by the way my sister and I present our appearance to the world.

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My sister and I, despite similarities in personality, are in contrast when it comes to appearance. The differences in appearance begin with the obvious; for instance, she is a woman with naturally blond hair. I am a man with naturally dark hair. I would like to think that those are not the only differences we exhibit in our looks. Another difference in our looks is a result of our unique life paths and goals. She tends to dress with more of professional sharpness, and her make-up and hair style are of a more conservative manner. On the contrary, I find myself dressing in more casual ware, like jeans and t-shirts. I also grow my hair long on my head and the stubble on my face in stubborn defiance of my sister’s goals and ideals.

Even though we have the same parents and genetics, we are two completely different people. My sister and I have differences in our life goals and appearances that may be evident through simply observation, but our personality similarities are more difficult to perceive unless one gets to know either of us. Once one gets better acquainted with either of us, it becomes clearer that our strong personalities drive our individual life goals and appearances. (664)
Richard Harris
Julie Fulbright
ENGL 1010
October 11, 2011
Compare and Contrast My Sister and Me
Thesis: In my case, my sister and I have strikingly similar personalities, but we are quite different when it comes to our life goals and appearance.

My sister and I have strikingly similar personalities.

My sister
effervescent and bold attitude
take on stress in a similar fashion
strong-willed
Me
Similar quality
take on stress in a similar fashion
strong-willed
Even though my sister and I mirror each other’s personalities, our vision of success through our life goals is completely different.

My sister
early age that she wanted to have a child
insure a career with financial stability
by rearing a daughter
Me
postpone that stage of my life
interested in travels, discoveries, and adventures
amassing miles, memories, and stories
My sister and I, despite similarities in personality, are in contrast when it comes to appearance.

My sister
woman with naturally blond hair
dress with more of professional sharpness
make-up and hair style is of a more conservative manner
Me
man with naturally dark hair
also grow my hair long
the stubble on my face

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