The Most Influential Woman in My Life


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This International Women’s Day, I want to acknowledge a strong woman who helped raise me.

Vaness Castillo, Staff Writer

In honor of International Women’s Day earlier this month, I’ve decided to write about one of the most influential women in my life. The most influential woman in my life is someone who I hold very dear. To me, this person has taught me to be the best version of myself that I can be. This person has been a key component of my life. The most influential woman in my life is my aunt, Karina Castillo. 

She has taught me what it’s like to be a woman from a young age. At the age of twelve, she showed me that not everything in life was going to be perfect. When I would get bullied in school and come home crying, she would make sure I was okay and after talking with her, I always went to bed knowing I was enough. My aunt would always check up on me at the most random times and just make sure life was okay. Ever since I was little, I always had low self-esteem and always thought I was the only one. But once I got a little older, she sat me down and said it was normal for young teenagers to have that perspective of themselves because that’s how everyone feels about themselves. Whenever I would feel down or alone, she would drop what she was doing and pick me up from my house to go get ice cream or just hangout. My aunt is the older sister that I never had. She always makes sure to put a smile on my face, no matter what we’re doing in our lives.

The cool thing about my aunt is that she works as a college success coach at McHenry County College. A college success coach helps students with basically ANY question(s) they may have. Questions range from financial aid to resumes up to what pathway to take for the remainder of their time at that school. What makes her the most influential is that she always puts other people’s needs before hers. Whenever she is struggling, she always makes sure that other people are well before she asks for help. Not only that, but she always comes up with creative solutions for problems. My aunt has always tried to keep a positive mindset around me, but I know when there are problems going on because there is no way that a person can remain bubbly 24/7. My aunt is also the most influential woman in my life because she works hard for everything she has done in her life. No matter what curveballs life throws her way, she has always overcome them and rose above them. Not only that, but she was the first female in our little family to graduate from a university. That is why Karina Castillo is the most influential woman in my life.