The book Bridges Not Walls: A book about interpersonal communication Stewart identifies how communication shape and define who we are. In this reflective journal entry, I will use the quote “Identities are multidimensional and changing” (Stewart, 2012). Over the course of our life, we grow physically and mentally however some people like to believe the infamous quote “that’s just how I am” when someone is trying to assist them in growing their personal identity. That is a dangerous statement because it is proven that our identities are constantly changing with society.
The environment in which an individual grows up in can affect life greatly. Our surroundings influence one’s personality, self-expression, and individuality, otherwise known as identity. Finding one’s true self is the most grueling stage of life and expectations of family and society make the process even harder. One’s true identity can sometimes clash with hopes of others, thus breaking tradition and/or family ties. Pressure to change will always be present, but staying true to uniqueness will prevail.
People always suggest others to be themselves. To not care about what others have to say about you. People try to ignore society 's opinion about them, not realizing the importance it plays in identity. For a person to feel identified, they must have similarities or differences, and some type of involvement. Identity involves a combination of how you see yourself and how others see you. How others see you is influenced by material, social, and physical constraints. This causes a tension between how much control you have in constructing your own identity and how much control or constraint is exercised over you. How we see ourselves and how others see us differ in many ways, but is an important factor of our identity. “A Lesson Before Dying”,
As a young minority male with two African-born parents who received zero education, acceptations were high at a young age. When I was five years old I attended PS 156 elementary school. The school had poor academic grades and eventually shut down after receiving a F. I always managed to maintain mostly As and was consistently top of my classes. I loved school and hated to see it end. When I was in fourth grade I maintained a high grade even though it was sort of a middle school atmosphere. My teacher recommended me to attend KIPP Academy Middle School due to my proficiency in public school. KIPP challenged my work ethic and showed me that oneself needs more than brute intelligence to be successful. I struggled when I first arrived because I
Transitioning into adulthood can be a very difficult and at the same time be a new experience. You see a lot of growth within those long thirteen years of education. Mainly you watch your mind and body grow together, alongside each other, shifting into their full potential and capacity, molding you into the person you are destined to be. You look around you and take note of the people you once called your friends, it went from being “besties” to being classmates with memories. The people you once looked past and would never speak too become your closest friend and suddenly you realize, you are becoming you. Not the same you that you would have thought yourself to become when you were five or the you that you were yesterday. You are becoming one who you were born to be. It is a shift that everyone has gone through. You notice everything begin to change, just within this quick transition from junior high to high school. There are various conflicts, including internal conflicts with myself, and external conflicts going on with my friends, family education, career, goals, and life itself. So very much unnecessary stress, dwelling in life that does not stop. You do not
My decisions have shaped me to who I am today, a 17 year old teenage girl wanting to create a future for herself. A future involving what I love: forensics, biology, and psychology. My passion for science has been there ever since I was young and in elementary school. I’m a curious girl, always looking things up wanting to know just so I know why things do the things they do. I want to bring that passion and motivation to succeed in the University of Colorado. Science has taught me how to be the leader I am today. I may not be the first person to be given the title “leader” because I am not one to tell people what to do and how to do it. I am a leader in the way that I am open minded and ready and willing to listen to everyone’s thoughts and
I first found out I wanted to be in business when my family and I were living in down town Grand Junction. We had just moved in and recently lost our car in an accident but we were fortunate enough to have some bikes given to us, so on days that I didn’t work the kids and I would ride down to the library where they would pick books and movies to check out while I would use the computers to search and apply for jobs and one day my better half Haley says to me “why don’t we apply for school? We’re not getting any younger and we aren’t as financially stable as we would like to be”. So I thought about the talk we had all week at my call center job until my next day off and we went to the library and I applied for school and orientation was soon.
I used to be an actor, but now I’m a director. My theatrical transformation began at the age of thirteen, when I sat through a math class on improper fractions while I was already dreaming of the world of calculus. Finding myself craving knowledge at a pace exceeding that of my classmates, I set out to find a way to satisfy this newfound hunger.
One can only wish that the world was ending. In this sense, our true selves arise from the pile of debris that was once life’s structure. It happens in every novel from Middle School book club; we’re all protagonists. If only one could prove themselves in an epic feat, not through an SAT score. We have the courage to stick it to an imaginary dystopia, but once senior year rolls around we aren’t too sure about courage. Bubble sheets and alarms set for five forty-five on weekdays are the structures that hold us back from “epic heroism.” True courage is attending school everyday and excelling. Seeking help from teachers. Reading the assigned books. These are the opportunities given to us, and while not glorious, are more challenging than anything Katniss Everdeen has ever done. We have to be heros of circumstance; this is not a ‘choose your own adventure.’ Challenge things that are easy because we must have trust in ourselves.
According to Ghanaian humanitarian activist Kofi Annan, “Knowledge is power. Information is liberating. Education is the premise of progress, in every society, in every family.” Indeed, especially for the poor and otherwise disadvantaged, education proves to be a valuable tool to reach a better future than those of one’s predecessors. Even though the pursuit of a quality education inevitably brings immense challenges, surmounting them is a priceless experience and bears invaluable results.
Do you ever wonder what others think about your character traits wise? Like your family, friends and what you think about yourself. Like Steve Harmon in his case he didn’t know who he was after his trial, he was confused. Others around him thought the same thing, his family didn’t know who he was, and his defendant O’Brien knew he was a liar. Now to view myself, I see that I am active, shy and busy. My family on the other hand views me as being impatient, lazy, and demanding. This leaves my friends seeing me as someone who is trustful, fun, and funny.
Junior year was that year in high school when I realized that I wanted to become recognized as someone in my school. I wanted to become involved in everything because I knew that next year, as a senior, I would start on my college applications and wanted to write down a list of accomplishments to brag about. There was a variety of sports to get into, but I thought that getting into well-recognized clubs would definitely make me look like an accomplished student.
An inspiring Chinese philosopher Laozi once said “Watch your thoughts; they become words. Watch your words; they become actions. Watch your actions; they become habits. Watch your habits; they become character. Watch your character; it becomes your destiny. Our character is what people see us by, how we are categorized by our society. That is why every choice that we make, day in and day out, is the most important ones we could ever make. All these choices we make without even thinking change us, they change our character in ways we might not see nor understand, Wether we understand them or not doesn’t matter though because they still take affect no matter what; always choose wisely because that choice could change your life in the future.
Through writing, the depths of my soul are expressed. It is a form of expression that enables me to unravel my thoughts and emotions; an art in which no other mechanism can express a purpose within me. Writing is both a passion and talent that fulfills me as a whole. It is the embodiment of perpetual philosophical ideals and the enrichment of experience. My talent has aided me in intellectual curiosity and simulation, it has taught me the value of knowledge, and of the will and want to mentally grow. It has inspired me to be limitless, to yearn and strive for my passion of analyzing and interpreting all factors of life. This talent has molded me into a better-motivated character because it has taught me to open-minded to all aspects of any situation, to not be quick to judge, but to rather come up with rational solutions or evaluations.
The concept of compromise has always been a fundamental idea of human Society. To achieve mutual goals, to end conflict, to pursue peace, compromise has been utilized to agree on terms that equally benefit both parties. Ayn Rand, creator of Objectivism and author of the philosophical novel The Fountainhead, views compromise differently than its face value definition. Society says that compromise is generally a settlement of a dispute by both sides making concessions; Rand reaffirms this ideal, though only in situations with “regard to concretes, or particulars, implementing a mutually accepted basic principle, that one may compromise.” In general, only compromises that are “moral” are rational. This poses a question-- What is Rand's definition