Michelle Roter

Ten Seed Sentences

Once I was afraid to leave my life back at home with the commencement of college, but then I realized college was just another life waiting for me.

I used to be a spineless follower, but after I realized that I can be my own person, I became the leader, rather than the one that follows.

When I lost my best friend of 5 years in a horrific dispute, I thought that I would never be happy again, but little did I know that I would actually benefit from this conflict and I am now happier than I’ve ever been.

I used to think that Palestinians were merely trying to raise havoc because they were anti-semitic since that is what I was raised to believe by my parents. But once I noticed my parents’ bias being that they were American Jews, I began to realize that there is a lot more to the conflict and that it is not so cut and dry. To the dismay of my family, I actually feel for a lot of the people of Palestine.

When I was constantly pressured by my peers to consume alcohol at age 15, I turned to my morals and thought about how my actions would disappoint my parents. Now I do not drink and intend to stay that way because I respect my parents and the law.

When I had realized that I was in a toxic relationship, I had to choose between my brain and my heart. I made the best logical choice because I knew that my emotions were irrational and would have negative consequences in the long run.

Once I was afraid to take chances. Now I love the challenge.

After September 11, I resented all Arabs and could not help but think stereotypical thoughts, however, as I began to grow older and started to mature, I realized that I was being judgmental towards some that did nothing wrong.

When I faced the dilemma of whether I should inform my friend’s parents about her drug addiction, I was torn. I wanted to keep my friend’s trust, however her safety and well-being was more important than her confidence in me. We are no longer friends but I still feel I made the right decision.

I always used to share whatever views my parents had, but as I matured, I started thinking freely for myself and began to question anything I heard.

Revised Seed Sentences

When the time had come for college to begin, I had no desire to leave. High school was the high point of my life and I did not want those days to end. But after finally starting college, I began to adjust, and realized that college is going to be the new high point of my life. I’ve now learned not to fear change.

I never used to speak my mind. I would just listen. I would constantly view all the terrible ways some were treating others. But I would never interject because I did not want to become one of those people myself. Now I am fearless and will stand up for those who used to be like me.

When I lost my best friend, I felt like I lost myself. But now I know that losing my best friend actually made me find myself instead.