I just finished the novel “ The Northern Light” by Jennifer Donnelly. The sad story of 16 years old Mattie Gokey working very hard with her father on a farm moved my heart badly. Her mother died because of poverty and cancer, her brother left home afterwards and she had to take care of her three younger sisters while also struggling with money just to make her mom’s wish. She cleaned the house of her Aunt and worked as a waitress too in Glenmore Hotel to save money. It reminded me of my past when I came to U.S in 2011.
I am no stranger to the term of adversity or its connection to my life. Through my 11th grade year my family and I were put in a position where we were, by definition, homeless. We were previously renting a home and the owner’s husband died leading her to want to sell the home. We were forced to move out because we could not afford to buy the house and we hotel hopped for months and for a period of time lived in my aunt’s home with her and my two cousins. The time spent was long and difficult.
Amanda Banana is a thirty-two year old African American woman. Amanda was born April 4, 1984 in Daytona Beach, FL. Amanda’s mother, Coco, died when Amanda was sixteen of HIV-Aids that she caught when Amanda was fourteen from a needle transfer while using the drug heroin. Amanda never knew her father nor did she ever meet anyone from her mother’s family, so she was forced to live on her own and search for survival on her own. Amanda quit attending high school and began working at Denny’s Diner as a waitress to pay rent at an efficiency she leased for herself.
Due to being a woman , Esperanza’s mother was not able to complete her education , instead she was forced to stay at home and look after Esperanza and her siblings while her husband provided for them, she strongly resents this ‘“I could have been somebody, you know? My mother says and sighs. She has lived in this city her whole life. She can speak two languages. She can sing an
Ehrenreich chooses to share her bad experiences working at her restaurant, Jerry’s, which shows how degrading the work was to her and other staff members. One short experience she had at her old work was when she tried to eat on her lunch break she was told she couldn’t, basically screamed “No eating!” because the boss didn’t want her to be seen by customers. She didn’t understand why it would be so horrible to be seen eating, so she quit that job and stayed with Jerry’s. It wasn’t like Jerry’s was any better though, she worked hard every day and no matter how exhausted she would be she was told to continue because the customers need to be served. Everyone at Jerry’s was chugging ibuprofens to relieve the physical strain put on their body.
Cultural artifacts are different to everyone; to some individuals an artifact is family, friends, animals and belongings they were given or worked for. One student named Char Reeb works at Bob Evans and brought an apron from her work as her artifact. A brief description about Char is, she 's married and quit her job for her husband so now she is enrolled in nursing school and is graduating soon. Reeb hates her job because of the rude individuals that dine in and also because she works with very inexperienced high school students. Char and I are alike but mostly different; we both hate our jobs and are graduating soon.
Poverty was almost like a curse given to Rosa Vargas by her husband, who “left without even leaving a dollar for bologna or a note explaining how come” (29). Many women today with young children are forced to take care of their families as single mothers without the support of the father. These women are often too busy taking care of the children to find a job. The fact that Rosa is a Hispanic affects her ability to find a job as well. Even if she did have the time, her ethnicity and gender would be cause for discrimination.
Introduction The 1960s was a time of regression: the age at which many women married and few attended college. Post-war culture solidified that women belonged in the home, taking care of their children and husband, and many believed the same. Betty Friedan graduated Smith college with a bachelor’s degree in 1942. After birthing her second child, Friedan was fired from her current job and turned to domesticity to take care of her children instead of looking for another place to work. She was dissatisfied with herself and the role she was playing in her home and wondered if other women in her situation had felt the same way.
When she woke up behind a dumpster one morning, barely dressed and near death, she admitted that she needed help. With the help of her boss she attended an addiction clinic, where she embarks upon her road to recovery, which was successful. She became sober and stayed with the help of a sponsor named Val. At the age of 27, she went the a community college, even though she never finished high school. It took her five and a half years to complete a two year program.
Personal Statement I come from a large family with relatives from a little ranch in Chihuahua, Mexico. Many of which have never made it past grade school. Mainly due to their mother, my grandma, she had fallen very ill. Due to her condition and lack of money my aunts and uncles dropped out of school to work and help pay for her medication and medical expenses. The older siblings had to take care of the younger siblings. Which for the younger generation of the family, my generation, schooling is top priority.