I started to lose touch with the Mexican side of me. My Spanish started to lag, stopped celebrating our holidays, and only focused on American culture. I came to the realization that I was losing a part of me when I was asked to translate for the new kid in class, he had just moved to the U.S. from Mexico and didn’t know any English. I managed to do the majority of the translation, but as time went on it got more difficult explaining history. But at that point, we had already become friends and I was helping him with English and he was helping me improve my Spanish.
Most of the stuff he did, I did because I thought that the only way to become successful was to just fit in the American culture. I do not know what life brings me later on after I graduate, but I figured out in my junior year in high school that our people, the Hispanics, will always have our back no matter what and they will help
Whether that was at school, church, or family gatherings there was constantly someone coming up to me speaking in Spanish. When it came to reading the examples out loud in Spanish class, my teacher expected her “native” students to set the example. However, I for one can’t roll my tongue; therefore, not being able to pronounce the Spanish words correctly. As a result, I would purposely mispronounce the words in error to make my point to the teacher that I couldn’t read Spanish. This repeatedly was addition example of not being a “true” Mexican in the eyes of my teacher.
His family learned only to speak Spanish, but Antonio goes to school, he is forced to experience the English-speaking to interact with children who are not from the same culture as he is. Antonio’s mother is extremely proud of his opportunity to learn English. Antonio finds that his schoolmates are less accepting of his own culture. Antonio learns that he is able to accept portions of every culture when he creates his own identity and follows his own path to adulthood. Ultima assures him that not every type of faith is expected to be kept in mind, in which Antonio is able to use the same lesson in dealing with the conflicting cultures in his
Learning the ways of life for different people is always great, you may even be able to incorporate some of their lifestyle in yours. I am in Spanish in school, this could potentially help me some with my Spanish. I could also learn how to do many activities I’ve never been able to try. The geology of Puerto Rico is also to be learned while there. Learning all these things about Puerto Rico could potentially help me later in my life, whether it be school or the real world.
My love of learning helped me to excel through elementary school and upon entering high school I realized that if I wanted to continue learning beyond high school I would need to be able to fund it because the higher education system is not as gracious as Head Start. At that point in time, I had one sibling in college and my parents were supporting two other children and a disabled grandparent, therefore there was no way they would be able to fund me furthering my education. The only possible solution to this was to apply the critical thinking skills and love of learning Head Start provided me with to get good grades so that I would be able to pay for my education through scholarships. Thankfully with hard work, dedication, and the skills Head Start provided me with I was able to graduate with a high enough GPA to qualify for some Georgia scholarships and an honors scholarship for my school that is funding the continuation of my education. I am now well into my second year at Agnes Scott College where I am pursuing a degree in Biochemistry so that I will be able to help ensure the well-being of others just as Head Start did for
Being born into a Hispanic family, I was constantly influenced by my parents, peers, and school officials to work harder than an average American kid because I was labeled as Mexican not American. My culture has strict, strong standards when it comes to having men lead the household, women bear and raise the children, and children follow the parents’ footsteps. However, I grew up contemplating to contradict my Hispanic heritage. It began with learning how to speak, write, and read English all on my own because my parents only knew Spanish. I knew my parents wanted a different future for my siblings and I, for they only made it to primary school before having to work and raise their first child.
English Language Development was the class I was enrolled in throughout elementary since I was a Spanish native speaker and lacked English language skills. Nevertheless, when it came to fifth grade I found something in me that pushed me to read books and speak as much English as possible. As a result, by the end of fifth grade I was at the top of my ELD class, even ready to become promoted and move into normal English with the rest of my peers, yet this was not enough for me. I was not going to accept normal English classes so I persevered and pushed my English language skills further and eventually found myself taking the highest English classes while also being among the top students, not forgetting that I was fluent in two
As Yeskel discussed in her essay, “the importance of college for upward mobility has grown; a college degree now equals a high school degree in years past” (Yeskel 6).The social class system is exceedingly difficult to overcome, and it can become even more challenging when the lower class citizens are uneducated and not given the tools that they need to succeed. Our government needs to reform the education system in America, which would allow the poor members of our society can get an education and eventually provide for themselves. While our nation should continue to provide financial and moral support for people living in poverty across the country, we should also be providing education and job opportunities so the poor can
It is encouraged for students to learn foreign languages as it has numerous benefits. Most countries have introduced foreign language starting from the early age. Today, the high school graduates are required to study foreign language in schools as it becomes a requirement for them to graduate from certain college with minimum of two years of learning foreign languages. Hence, the students are encouraged to learn on other language. Basically, foreign language is a native to another country and it is also a language which is not spoken in the native country of the person referred to.