What is a Hero?

Essay by badballCollege, UndergraduateA+, January 2006

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Many people have heroic qualities but being a hero and having heroic qualities are completely different. A hero should know how to decide what is right and wrong. Someone that you see as being higher than you in strength, greatness and confidence and that someday you could be just like them. To me, a hero is unrealistic. I strongly believe that the only hero one has is the one they find in themselves. I've never depended on anyone and never wanted to. I set goals for myself and in spite of everything I've gone through, I've accomplished them. In that aspect, I can say that my true hero is myself. So instead of writing about a hero, I'm writing about someone whom I admire and who I find that my life has some what mirrored Marcelite Harris, a strong, confident, and goal seeking individual.

Marcelite Harris was born in Houston, Texas.

She was born to Cecil O'Neal Jordan, and Marcelite Terrell Jordan, two parents who taught her to set her sights high, to put her best efforts into getting to the top of whatever profession she chose, and to leap the hurdles of race or gender discrimination rather than letting them block her path to success. Her parents gave her two priceless gifts -- ambition and the perseverance to achieve any goals she set herself.

Harris entered the Air Force's Officer Training School at Lockland Air Force Base, Texas in 1964, and was commissioned a year later. While in West Germany serving in the Bitburg Air Base postal and printing service she became an aircraft maintenance analysis officer at the suggestion of one of her superiors. This new career track brought her an unexpected challenge. She was the first female Air Force officer in what had always been regarded...