Personal Narrative: Foothill Ranch

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“Where on earth is Foothill Ranch?” asked many of my relatives when my parents decided to move from their home in Torrance, California almost 18 years ago. I’m not sure what was so appealing about Foothill Ranch to my parents. Perhaps it was the attractive Orange County lifestyle or the accessibility to local food markets. Little did they know of the profound impact that small suburban community would have on me.
Growing up, I never realized how lucky I was to grow up in such a close-knit community. Foothill Ranch was unique because it allowed me to be raised with other children whose parents were friends with my own parents. Not only has it felt like I have grown up with several other siblings, but also with a group of adults whom I see as role models.
Unlike most kids, I felt lucky growing up alongside a
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These adults have shown me through their lives what it means to be a true servant. For example, my neighbors, the Franks, would take out my family’s garbage cans without asking for any acknowledgement. Since this was my chore, I would always feel a sense of gratitude towards them when I found the trash cans were already out. Another memory of servitude is when my father was in his ending stage of cancer, and he was unable to walk upstairs. My mom decided to turn a downstairs den into a room for my father but it had no door. Without being asked, some neighbors installed a large sliding door to create a room of privacy. These adults in the community had taught me the true definition of servitude: to always put someone above yourself and know that you must come second.
The community of adults has caused me to redefine my definition of leadership. I see leadership as service to those around me and putting the needs of others before my own. As I move away to begin my own life, I will cultivate the same environment of servitude that has been so important to me, growing up in Foothill