"I think over the 18 years of my life, I have created a set of beliefs that I stand by and use to direct me as a person.
The first major belief is that you can do anything you want in your life as long as they dont harm you or others. People should be able to pursue whatever makes them happy. Who I am to ruin anyone’s happiness? Granted, there are things I don’t understand or believe in, but I respect our differences and understand that it’s not my life. You should be the person you want to be and I will be the person I want to be.
My second belief is to be kind and stay optimistic. Out of my three beliefs, I think this one is the hardest to always abide by. Life throws so many curve balls at us at the most unpredictable moments. When my mom was diagnosed with cancer in the beginning of my freshman year of high school, I was absolutely devastated. My emotions were a tornado of anger, sadness and despair, but I knew that being depressed would do nothing. Literally nothing, except make myself and the people around me depressed as well. I knew that the last thing that my mom needed in her life was negativity. I wanted to make every moment with her, and people in general, a happy one. Additionally, when I get angry or upset with someone I take a step back and try to understand that I don’t need to be a resentful person. That is not the person I want to be and those are not the feelings I want to pass onto others. So, I try to stay positive by finding happiness in the little things and treating others with the same kindness I want to receive..." Hannah Grunfeld, City College ‘22
Major: Anthropology with Pre-Med
Interviewer: Cynthia Poon, City College ‘22
Photographer: Cynthia Poon, City College ‘22
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