As I have been a resident of Bolivar my entire life, I have had different views on the area throughout my life. While at some points while growing up I wanted out of this town so badly I could taste it, but as I have grown older I realize what a special thing it is to live in this community. Bolivar is not a large city by any means which has allowed me to have contact and relationships with almost everyone in my graduating class. We are a close-knit community and rarely can you go somewhere without seeing someone you have a relationship with. This closeness, while some view it as irritating and overbearing, has allowed me to be influenced by so many people. I personally know many of the local business owners and have been given so many opportunities to flourish and thrive because of this. As a member of my girl scouts troupe we have done many outreach opportunities in our community which has allowed me to give back to the town that has inspired me so much! I have been shaped, tested, and molded by so many who make up this great town; it has given me a sense of community and diversity all at the same time.