Growing up being an African American male I would often hear that I had “2 strikes against me and with one more strike I would be out.” Now this is something I’ve been told since I was a toddler by my mother, father, grandmother, and on occasion even my teachers. They were implying that being black in America is a strike, and being a male was another strike, and all I needed was one more strike before I ended up behind bars or even dead. So based on what I’ve been told it seems to me that I came into this world with a huge disadvantage. This was disappointing information that was fed to me while I was growing up, but this drives me to become the best that I can to be so I do not become the average statistic. Adrienne Rich writes an essay where she talks about the importance of claiming an education. Now, I’m sixteen so this would be a good time in my life to start claiming my education.
Rich is the author of an essay called “Claiming an Education” where she uses the words “claiming” and “receiving” very carefully. In the essay she talks about the difference between claiming an education and receiving an education. She states “You cannot afford to think of being here to receive an education; you will do much better to think of yourselves as able to claim one. One of the dictionary definitions of the verb “to claim” is to take as the rightful owner; to assert in the face of possible contradiction. “To receive” is to come into possession of to act as a reception or container for.”(608) So It becomes a necessity for me to claim my education so I can make the best of the odds that I was born into.
Understanding that claiming my education holds a great significance in my future, I would have to identify the obstacles that hold ...
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Even though I procrastinate that has never affected with my determination to be successful in life. Rich mentioned rejecting attitudes such as “take-it-easy.” and “why-be-so-serious.” I often get asked stuff like this from my peers. I often hear “Gerald you’ve got a B relax!” and they are right a B is good to have. Nevertheless a B doesn’t compare to those others who happen to have an A in that same class. I try to think about my disadvantages and let that wire me and determine me to be actually be better than I need to be because that the only someone like me can truly be successful. I feel like it 's always better to be over prepared than underprepared, and that is a that’s expected from those who claim their education.
Learning the difference between claiming and receiving my education has helped mold me into a better writer.
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