Instances the ones where i cant help but place myself

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instances, the ones where I can’t help but place myself into another person’s shoes, are all evidence of the empathy that has developed in me over the years. I am constantly thinking of where he is, what he is doing, or even assessing his decisions in comparison to mine. It used to act as a distraction, but now the tables have turned. I control who I feel for. This change was self- initiated. For too long I let my conscience dictate my actions. Now, empathy does not manipulate me: I am the one who controls it. Sadly, I won’t stress for the stranger on the side of the road anymore. Caring for the ones I love is what matters most, and I take pride in that. In terms of personality, I am more of the trend setter, and Dylan, the perfectionist—the mistake finder. I will draw a path for him to follow, and he will do so, picking out all of my mistakes and correcting them. I am more attentive to time management and getting things done, while he will take all the time it takes to carry things out correctly and completely. This complimentary style forms the basis of our cooperation. One memory sums this up well. Late in the fall of 2010, during my college application process, I remember him asking, “Why apply early decision Jes? That’s what all of the rich kids do, and compared to them our applications won’t look too good.” I told him to remember that it shows more interest, and that we would need all the help we could get. Deciding to apply early decision to Amherst College a week before the due date created a major headache. More online forms had to be filled out, and a supplementary essay based on a long quote with big words had to be deciphered and reflected upon. Needless to say, my week was filled with late nights eating
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salty microwaveable food at the computer desk. Revision after revision led to a fried brain, and the coffee helped to keep my eyes intact, but not my sanity. The nights rolled by, and Dylan eventually decided to apply early decision as well. And thankfully, I was able to submit an application that demonstrated focus because of his help. He found the faults in my interpretation of the supplementary quote (being unfamiliar with the word ‘posthumous’ was quite a game changer, and I had to rewrite an essay with similar ideas based on a different intellectual). While
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  • Fall '12
  • AyanAgaane
  • Writing, Feeling, Dylan, Early decision, psychic twin moments, Ayaan Agane English

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