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Dennis Xiong
Class of 2014

If there is anything I am, it's definitely empathetic. I've lived all my life attempting to be as considerate, open-minded, and empathetic as I could be. I know that the power to place yourself in another's shoes and feel his/her emotions, the power of empathy, will lead to a life filled with so much more appreciation, enlightenment, and pure joy than a life without it. I know that to truly understand who you are and/or the persona(s) dwelling within you are, you must be able to see the world from another's perspective. I know that to be truly alive as a soulful human being, you must have the gift that distinguishes us from simple-minded creaturs: the gift that is empathy.

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