顺藤摸瓜，我们很快确定了针对当时一道老Common题目Indicate a person who has had a significant influence on you, and describe that influence的主线。
Today I am full of confidence, applying for world-class colleges. But who could tell that years ago I was considered as a less-than-satisfactory student by people around me? It is one of the many positive changes that I have my mother to thank for.
When I was five, I was the youngest student in the class and did not stand out among peers at all. English was my weakest subject. Teachers and students often neglected my existence, or even judged me with prejudice. For this my confidence plummeted.
Mom never openly showed her worries, but she hired a native-speaker, an African American doctor, as my part-time tutor. With his lively instruction, each new word slipped into my mind vividly. In such friendly atmosphere, my language potential blossomed and my proficiency in oral English reached a new height. Furthermore, I even found a penchant for foreign languages, cultures, and life styles.
During a winter break, when my friends were cozily playing by the fireplace, mom took me to local university to attend public English lectures. At the very year, we experienced a heavy snowfall. Shivering and sighing, I grudgingly dragged my legs forward in the knee-deep snowfield. But it was mom's gentle words that built up my faith and empowered me to painstakingly take notes on fine grammar points in the nearly empty classroom. With a day's class finished, mom would check on my progress and help me review, though she only had limited understanding in English. Her enthusiasm supported me to read aloud after English tapes again and again. Not until I fully completed the workload would I go to bed. At the price of several broken tape recorders, I memorized all course materials by heart, establishing a perfectionist learning style.
At junior high school, the fruit of my efforts began to show. I eventually rose to the top of class from my original poor academic state. Mother encouraged me to preview before the classes and learn advanced content beyond the curriculum. In this way, my other subjects were also improved, which gave my teachers one pleasant surprise after another.
Five years ago, when others were learning sciences to the best of their ability, mother did not push me to follow the trend. Instead she fully supported my interests and encouraged me to attend numerous language schools. With my innate passion, I soon reached medium level in French and passed band 1 in Japanese. After that, I dabbled in Korean, and could freely converse in the language months later. I am currently teaching myself Spanish. Owing to its similarity with French, I feel a great intimacy and have just finished more than half of the introductory textbook this summer. As a language learner, I could say the expression vouloir, c'est pouvoir now sheds a new light on me.
Without mom's company, encouragement, and persistence, I could never attain all these achievements and excel as a senior in （删去学校名）, a renowned high school in Northeastern China. Mom made me to understand that confidence makes me perfect and assiduity brings me far and wide. Who could claim that female is the lesser sex? I believe women certainly can carry the weight of the world on their shoulders.