One of the major themes in the book The Pact spoke of being there for your friends and giving them a shove in the right direction, helping one another out. Personally, I can relate to this theme, as I’m sure any person could, with just bits and pieces throughout my life. One particular piece that stands out would be my high school experience. Maybe it’s just because I’m fresh out of high school and it’s what I remember the most or maybe it’s because it really had a huge affect on who I’ve become today. I like the second one better.
High school was, well, I guess you could say normal, but what is normal? I went to class, complained about the food, teachers, projects, you know, the “normal stuff”. In high school, looking back, I guess you could say that I was the one who had all the answers and always knew what was going on. As my one classmate put it one day “Holly’s like the New York Times; she always knows what’s going on.” I was the one that knew what the homework was, what the test would be on, if you needed notes you could copy mine because I had them all, and this was a big one; need help with your homework? Ask Holly. I’m not trying to say that I was an over-achiever, I too slacked off just as much as the next person, I guess my point is, is that I wouldn’t have been that girl if it hadn’t been for my friends.
I went into my freshman year of high school very insecure about my own potential. Never did I think that I had it in me to be one of the “smart kids”. Fortunately for me, I signed up for all the wrong classes and I was forced to go to a school (yes, McDevitt was not my choice but my parents) that had terrific, dedicated teachers that knew I was taking the wrong course and did something about it. Like in Th...
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... anything. We all stuck together and helped one another out.
So in conclusion, my relation to The Pact, is that I too had a strong wall of reinforcement to help keep me focused on excelling and moving on to the next best thing. Yes, my teachers and my family are a large part of it, but because of my friends’ belief in me, they are what made me who I am. Just like in the book, the three had each other, their friends, to rely on to push them forward; “We had leapt into the unknown together and locked hands and pulled one another up, over, and through the rough spots” (228). As I mentioned before you are who your friends are, look at them and you shall see a big part of who you really are.
The pact comparision: works cited
Davis, Sampson, George Jenkins, and Rameck Hunt. The Pact: Three Young Men Make a Promise and Fulfill a Dream. New York: Riverhead Books, 2003.
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