Personal Essay: What Is My Cultural Identity?

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Just like in Jing-mei’s mother in Two Kinds, my parents have always told me I can be whatever I want to be, because this is America. But every day I ask myself, who am I? What is my cultural identity? Just by a glance I am like everyone else, a typical American teenager. A girl trying to make it through school and make my life as successful as possible, and maybe find myself along the way. However, as I have grown older, I have come to realize some special things about me. I am a country girl to the bone. A hard working, get dirty and do it right, never give up kind of girl. Volleyball has always been part of who I am. I have been playing volleyball since I was eight years old.
When I first started playing volleyball, I did not want to play. I had been a
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I have never been the best volleyball player out there. However, that has never stopped me from working to be the best player I can be. I have spent hours in the gym doing private lessons to work with a coach one on one to improve my game. I have spent hours with personal trainers working to improve my speed, jumping, strength, and all the things that come becoming a better athlete. Because of this hard work, I lettered varsity my freshman year at Crown Point, and I was placed on the varsity Munster volleyball team. I have been on the most successful club team around. We have gotten third place at our national tournament two years in a row, and also won our national tournament one year.
People say “you do not know what you have had, until you have lost it.” The meaning of this quote has become appallingly clear, as it has become my reality. Up until now, I have always taken volleyball for granted. I have taken my ability, and my accomplishments for granted. Now I have lost one of the most important things in my life. When I transferred to Munster High School, Crown
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