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Narrative Paragraph Memoir

Making a Difference   

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"One man’s fault is another man’s lesson."

~ Maltese proverb

    The interactions in your life shape who you are and how you act. More specifically, in my life one interaction with a teacher completely changed the way I think. One Friday afternoon, after walking through the sunny pathway and around the white buildings of Fenn, we headed to our last period Spanish class. Students filled into the classroom, pulled out their iPads, and prepared to continue the Spanish essays about our arrival at Fenn and a memorable moment in our Fenn careers. The essay asked students to recall their first year at the school, as well as any specifics about a significant moment while writing in the language of Spanish. Students, fervently wanting complete this essay, kept imploring over and over again, “How long does the essay have to be? How many words?” Mr. Romero’s response is one that nobody expected. Instead of telling us how long it should be, he replied back with a question: “How long do you think it should be?” Silence spread like a wildfire across the classroom. In that moment, Mr. Romero taught me something that applies to all aspects of life, not just Spanish. He edified me to not take the easy way out or always be looking for the fastest approach. He taught me to always go the extra mile and in the end it will pay off. He taught me to think outside of the box and share your ideas in a creative way. Instead of asking how many words I need, I should be asking myself: What are the most important moments to include? What were my emotions and feelings during the moment? How can I make this  interesting to the reader? Mr. Romero encouraged his students to work towards exceeding expectations rather than completing the bare minimum. I realize now that this experience has impacted me in my daily life. Now I am motivated to work harder on every assignment and I always ask myself, “Is this my best work?”

    When I am in the real world there will be no shortcuts.


Literary Analysis – Through The Tunnel

 

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“It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are”.

~ E.E. Cummings

    The drive to master something often represents an emotional milestone as much as a physical accomplishment. In Doris Lessing’s “Through the Tunnel”, what at first appears to be a young boy’s desire to impress other boys with his new ability to swim through an underwater tunnel, turns out to be his self-actualization journey from childhood to adulthood. In a foreign country but a familiar beachside town, only-child Jerry, spent vacations on the “safe” beach with his widowed-mother. On this vacation Jerry was drawn to the “wild-looking…inlets of sharp rock”. There he tried to befriend a group of older boys. “To be with them, of them, was a craving that filled his whole body”. When the boys began diving off rocks through an underwater tunnel, Jerry attempted the same. Lacking the local language and the diving skills, Jerry shouted “Look at me! Look! And he began splashing and kicking in the water like a foolish dog”. The boys were not impressed. “They looked down gravely, frowning…(and) swam back to the shore without a look at him”. Jerry cried at their disapproval, but was determined to dive the tunnel. He purchased goggles to see and found a rock to weigh him down. He endured scrapes, bloody noses, and nausea. Just days before they left, he succeeded. One might think that with this new skill Jerry would seek out the boys, but it was more than about the boys.

“After a time, his heart quieted, his eyes cleared, and he sat up. He could see the local boys diving and playing half a mile away. He did not want them. He wanted nothing but to get back home and lie down”.

Jerry’s ability to be independent and his ability to push through the pain in order to grow were part of his own emotional growth from a boy to a man and symbolized by the passage through the tunnel. This was never about learning to dive. This was about learning to be a man. “It was no longer of the least importance to go to the bay”.

    What appears on the “surface” to be driving someone’s actions is often much “deeper” than it appears.




Foggy Morning

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“Give a damn”- John Fitzsimmons 

 

One day on a foggy morning in Maine

I went to the dock, excited to fish

I was determined, but then came the rain

To catch a massive striped bass was my wish

 

My father’s tackle box holds some fresh bait

He reaches out with that bait in his hand

I casted a line and began to wait

My dad taught me patience, which outlives the bland

 

As I have grown, this lesson makes more sense

Now I understand that to catch striped bass

The fisherman must use perseverance 

And not let an opportunity pass

 

When you’re young there are lessons to be learned

Dad taught me nothing is easily earned


Anything But Standard

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Everyone be following the same path,

The College Boards be releasing same wrath.

I wonder, why we take standardized tests-

If we are anything but standard.

 

We students are the future,

Told by adults to stretch and nurture.

Each of our individual, unique ways-

To be punished by a yardstick-like test.

 

Since when does vocabulary predict worth,

A test that causes nothing but hurt.

Leads desperate amongst us to cheat-

A system nobody can beat.

 

18 years of your life reduced to a test,

How do bubbles in a page resemble to who’s best?

Man these schools are missing so much.