As I sat at the kitchen counter feeling like my stomach was in my throat, my best friend asked, “Are you ready for this?” Am I ready is a question I didn’t seem to have the answer to. I had become sexually active as a young teenager and thought it was in my best interest to be on birth control. When I turned sixteen and had not had a pregnancy scare, that made me feel invincible. This all changed one Sunday when I started throwing up, and I started having the weirdest cravings. Realizing I wasn’t feeling normal and remembering the symptoms my friend had when she became pregnant made me realize that maybe I wasn’t invincible. My body was undergoing changes I could not stop, but rather than fight it learned to cope with it. In no way did I ever think I would be questioning myself if I was pregnant. I thought maybe I had the flu, but I could not understand why I was having weird cravings. After a week had gone by and my sickness had not subsided, I decided it was a good idea to get a pregnancy test. The immense feelings that I felt while waiting in line just to ask for a pregnancy test were almost unbearable. The woman standing behind me gave me dirty looks and made snooty comments. I wish I could have told her, “Yes I am sixteen requesting a pregnancy test, and I am also being safe and taking birth control.” However, I am sure it would have not changed her nasty opinion about me anyways. If a patron I did not know reacted to my taking a pregnancy test at that young age, what would my mom say? That was another question I didn’t seem to have the answer too. After returning home, I built up enough courage to take the test. So many things were running through my mind as I opened the package that could have life changing results. How did this happen? I was on birth control. We were using protection. How will I pay for this child with no job? As I waited with my friends for the results, I couldn’t help but feel hopeless and scared. I knew if this test was positive, my life would be changing and some of friends sitting here now wouldn’t be sitting here a couple years down the road. I had only completed my freshman year of high school. All of my friends would be going off to college, and I would have a preschooler by that time. Remembering the feeling I got when I heard the sound of the buzzer going off to check the pregnancy test is a feeling I will never forget. It seemed like the sound of an alarm that my life was going to end. When I walked into the restroom, I didn’t hesitate to look at the pregnancy test. I picked it up and indeed it was a pretty clear positive. Immediately, I dropped to my knees and the tears started falling. That moment made me come to the realization that my whole life was about to change drastically. All of my hopes and dreams about going to an all-star college and playing sports went out the window. Surprisingly, I wasn’t upset about that or angry. I was more scared thinking about if I would be a good mom, how I would graduate, or if I could find a job at my age. I knew the first thing for me to do was to tell my mom. Later that evening, the walk to my front door seemed like it took an eternity. Calmly I walked into my mom’s room and laid the pregnancy test on her night stand. She looked at me and I looked back at her. I could read what she was thinking: “How did this happen?” So I just stated, “I am not sure how this happened, well obviously
February 26th, 2013
“On Being A Cripple” Response Essay
In the article, “On Being A Cripple” by Nancy Mairs, she tells the reader how she lives her life as a cripple with MS, explaining the hardships that she goes through, but is able to show how positive she can be. There are many instances where Mairs runs into trouble in her everyday life, but she is able to laugh about it which is tough to do for many people. Mairs gives many examples how she lives her life like any other…
The relationships between Maya and Baily
In the book “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings”, Maya Angelou is the protagonist, but also the author of the book. She lives in the rural South, the cities of St. Louis, Los Angeles, and San Francisco. Also because the novel takes place in the time period of great depression, there was still racism left between whites and blacks. The book shows how fragile but also strong a black female can be in such…
treated/ common knowledge.
• That if we have a better understanding of each other it eliminates the pre-judgments and misconceptions we have about one another.
• That some historical aspects of society are key causes of these situations.
Aspects not thought about:
• Lack of knowledge/understanding creates fear – fear leads to anger, hatred and mistreatment ~Rachel Dean
• People/kids act how they are taught or what they live around. Kara
• As time goes on these days it seems…
ESSAY RESPONSE TO PRACTICE ESSAY
Like many places of human settlement, the site of Rabaul (see Fig. 4) is subject to volcanic hazard. This hazard, a consequence of plate subduction processes involving the Pacific and Australian Plate (see Fig. 8) have been responsible for developing the island of New Britain in Papua New Guinea. The area has a geological history of violent eruptions where Simpson Harbour itself is an explosion crater, or caldera (see Fig. 3) and 500 people died in the 1937 eruption…
Dr. Holly Elliot
23 September 2014G
Reading Response 4
Tuesday, September 11, 2001 was a bright beautiful morning in many regions of the United States. The Twin Towers stood tall in the Financial District, as they had for 28 years. A husband gave his wife his last Good Morning kiss, a firefighter put on his uniform to go to work and a mother dropped off her daughter at her very first day at work at the World…
Instructor: L. Wallace
19 May 2014
Essay 1: Personal Response Essay
Fighting for One’s Destiny
Setbacks can be overcome throughout one’s life if they fight to preserve their morals and values by exhibiting a sense of emotional passion for a meaningful cause. In Martin Luther King Jr.’s “Letter from Birmingham Jail, King expresses his attitude about the lack of civil rights among African Americans to a group of White clergymen. King displays this emotional passion…
Summary and Personal Response – Final
November 25, 2012
The following is a summary of the essay “Farm Girl” by Jessica Hemauer. Her most important point was that the way she was brought up defines how she operates as an adult. She had to do chores before and after school. The fact that she did not fit in at school troubled Jessica. Even when involved at school, she felt different from her peers. In the end however, she benefited…
Demonstrate knowledge of individual and collaborative research processes.
Develop ideas and synthesize primary and secondary sources within focused academic arguments, including one or more research-based essays.
Analyze, interpret, and evaluate a variety of texts for the ethical and logical uses of evidence.
Write in a style that clearly communicates meaning, builds credibility, and inspires belief or action.
Apply the conventions of style manuals…
English AP/DC 6th Per.
8 December, 2014
Being a Man by Paul Theroux response questions
A. Theroux goes into great detail painting the image of how women and men have to
defend their man and womanhood. He goes on to explain why men often deny
feminism. He continues his essay by explaining and pointing on why and how it is
more difficult to be a man in todays society.
B. Theroux offers many strong assertions of the male personality to show the male
personality and the judgement that men have to go through…
Response on Septien
When reviewing Michael Tully’s quirky film Septien, one is bound to have a confused and shocking face once the screening room lights turn on. The presented themes and subject matter is very new to an audience, as Tully expresses his ideas in a very unique way. The film is an independent production since it speaks to a very niche target audience. This film is not mainstream cinema, and not everyone will enjoy the film because it deals with strong grotesque themes, such as erotic…