Caroline Lee

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Growing up, my brother, Nick, was my built-in best friend. We did everything together in our matching smocked outfits that our mom forced us to wear. Nick and I would run around like maniacs, breaking nearly everything in the house and torturing all of the twenty different babysitters we had. I was constantly forced to play baseball, football, and Nerf gun war with him, being the only one who didn’t have a gun. Most of the games we played ended in me bawling my eyes out. Every time I wanted to watch Hannah Montana on Disney channel, Nick would lie to me and tell me MLB Network was pretty much the same thing. (Keep in mind I was very young and could not read yet). I would not trade our childhood memories for the world.

As we got older, I was still that annoying little sister, but we remained very close. In fact, we grew even closer. As we went through high school, we stood by each other’s side the whole way. If anything was ever wrong, I knew I could go to him for advice. Being the most indecisive person ever, I had to ask Nick for his opinion on just about everything, and he knew exactly how to respond to every situation. Nick is one of the most reliable people I know. No matter what, I know I can always count on him for anything. 

Not many say that their brother is one of the most influential people in their life, but I definitely can. My brother has been such a role model for me as I have grown into the person I am today. Growing up, I spent most of my time at the baseball field watching him play baseball. Nick is such a hard worker, and I look up to him for that. I learned from him that if you want something in life, you have got to work very hard for it. His love and drive for baseball inspires me and many others. 

Do you know of that one person who just lights up the room when they walk in? That is a great way to describe Nick’s personality. He can walk into a room full of sad people and make them start laughing hysterically. He can even carry on a conversation with a wall. His humor is one of my favorite things about him. He is the funniest and goofiest person I have ever met, and I think anyone who knows him would agree. Nick’s immaturity can be his best feature at times but then his worst at other times. I can not count the number of times he has embarrassed me in public with his silliness, but I am pretty used to it by now. No matter what kind of mood I am in, he can somehow always manage to put a huge smile on my face.

One of the hardest things I went through was Nick leaving for college. As his senior year approached, I didn’t want to accept the fact that I was going to be far away from my best friend since birth. He got a scholarship to play baseball in college, and my family and I were so proud of him. I was very upset that he was leaving, but at the same time, I was so excited to see what his future holds. Nick is one of the funniest, hard working people I know and he will do great things in the future. Everyone needs a Nick in their life. No matter what, he will always be my built-in best friend.

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