The book Enrique’s Journey by Sonia Nazario is a nonfiction book based on a real story told throughout 367 pages. The reason why I decided to read this book is that it was highly recommended by one of my former English teachers. I was extremely persuaded to read this book by her but I also personally believed that by reading this book I would gain a new understanding of life by really opening my mind to new experiences that other people go through. This journey begins in Honduras, a country in Central America, then continues into Mexico and finally in the United States where Enrique ends up living for the remaining of the story. The story definitely took place a couple decades ago when Enrique was younger.
The only class I would say that felt like an actual honors class would have been my AP world history class. Coincidentally, the instructor of that class was also the adult mentor of the National Honor Society program at my high school. My involvement in that AP world history class actually changed my perceptions as to what education meant to me. Despite being only one class, it was enough to ignite a desire within me to really love learning and really compel me to figure out how I wanted to further my education. I asked myself this question, "Do I want to be passive and keep my head down or do I want to participate and see where it takes me?"
Her first day of school was not the best, but on her second day of school she meets Janis Ian and Damian Leigh who start to guide Cady into high school by telling her about different groups (cliques/discourse communities) in the school, including the Plastics, which is made up of Karen Smith, Gretchen Wieners, and Regina George. The Plastics soon take interest in Cady ask her to sit with them at lunch. Thanks to that we learn all about the discourse community of The Plastics. According to John Swales, there are six characteristics of a discourse community which I will discuss and use The Plastics as an example. The first characteristic of a discourse community according to Swales is that they have a broadly agreed set
I wanted to start a club about cups. Ever since I was 7 years old I wanted to start a club for cupstacking and teach others this wonderful skill. Cupstacking involved stacking cups in sequences while also trying to get the fastest time possible. It started in the summer of 2015 and I taught summer camp children cupstacking just for fun. Then I started thinking, “What if I started a cupstacking club in my old school?” So I decide to talk with elementary teachers over the summer to see if I can get a sponsor.
My first assessment with Rheya was a concept of print assessment on the book “Follow Me Moon”. Rheya is five years of age and attending a kindergarten class at Miramar Elementary School. Once we sat down together, I explained to her that I was in school to become a teacher and that I needed her help for several assessments. I wanted her to understand why she was being assessed and I also wanted to give her a sense of purpose by “helping me”. After informing Rheya about the assessment, she responded by telling me that she wants to become a teacher when she’s older as well.
When I started school, I got to meet English-speaking Latinos who helped me immerse in this new culture. It was a challenge to memorize words in English; it was like starting to write with my left hand. Despite all of this, I always kept focused, and this helped me discover the real meaning of perseverance. When I started high school, I began as an English Language Development student, and earned high grades. My junior year, I petitioned to be switched to regular classes.
I came to Thomas Nelson Community College (TNCC) after transferring from Gallaudet University. I found that what I was required to take a pre-course before taking the real credit courses at TNCC called English Fundamentals 1. So, I took the class that my counselor and my interpreter, who worked in 25 years at TNCC, recommended me to meet Ms. Dubbé. This semester I have improved my reading and writing skills. I am a better student because I have learned effective strategies and pondered over my future goals.
I still recall the first time that I was asked about the definition of the word spirituality. I was just 17 years old and taking my English Literature class at my local High School. I responded to my teacher and stated that spirituality means a feeling about being in touch with your soul, that God not only governs everything but that everything happens for a reason, and that spirituality means having faith in humanity. At that time of my life, it was hard for me to think and identify my own personal definition of spirituality because I still wanted and was expected to follow what my parents were doing with their own spirituality. I often describe myself as growing up as Catholic and imposed that religion and faith can help promote good health, cope with life transitions, and particularly face mortality and fear.
Interracial communication has been in my life since I was in Elementary school. For my interview I was inspired by the film “Get Out”. Even though I saw Get Out way before the day that we watched in class together. I decided to interview my girlfriend who is White and Puerto Rican. I was inspired to interview her considering her and I are an interracial couple just like how Rose and Chris were.
But the most important knowledge that I received from attending the event was knowledge about myself. Most, if not all the artists talked about identity and their struggles as Chicano’s with finding it. Growing up I would pretend to be Spanish and would reject the label “Mexican”; to me, it was an insult. I remember being in my middle school Spanish class and pretending to not know how to speak Spanish, yet I always managed to get good
One way I examined identity is a project we had to do through the Story Corps App, an app that helps interview people. Through that I decided to interview my friends Mom, a lady who has been a mother like figure to me since I was about 12. I decided to interview her because I never knew her on a deep level. So I always wondered why this lady is so nice to me. Why does she remind me of my biological mom?