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Comparison of Two Personal Narratives

- The concept of social stratification is one that can be witnessed universally across all societies, irrespective of geography and culture. Every society has several layers of social strata and each individual falls into at least one of these categories. The determinants of social class are often variable but include factors such as power, wealth, education, religion, culture and ethnicity (Victorian web, 2002). Inevitably when there is a system of social classification, there will be some friction between people of different classes whereby people of a higher social standing mistreat those who are beneath them....   [tags: Literary Analysis ]

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Mental Illness and Personal Narratives

- Using narratives to gain an insight into human experience is becoming an increasingly popular method of exploration. Assuming that people are in essence narrative beings that experience every emotion and state through narrative, the value of exploring these gives us a unique understanding. Narrative is thought to act as instrument to explore how an individual constructs their own identity (Czarniawska, 1997) and explain how each individual makes sense of the world around them (Gabriel, 1998). It may also give us an understanding into individual thought processes in relation to individual decision making practices (O’Connor, 1997)....   [tags: Schyzophrenia, The Human Experience]

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Personal Narratives of Exploring the New World, America

- Personal narratives are often written when the author feels compelled to tell their story, usually they write them about a significant event. Going back to Columbus, the early explorers and settlers took to writing personal narratives to tell their story of what they found in the New World. The New World has a geography that is unique to each area. One thing all of the early explorers and settlers to the new world had in common was that they all had to deal with the Indians. In each area there are differnat tribes of Indians, it is for that reason the personal narratives written by the explorers and settellers are different from each other....   [tags: World History, Christopher Columbus]

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Free Personal Narratives: Camping!

- Camping. "Hey, be careful and don't do anything stupid," my dad said to me right before I hopped into Chase Miller's dark blue Chevy S-10 with a camper shell on the back. I looked at Chase and Tyler Becker and said, "Let's go camping." As Chase pushed down the gas pedal, a big cloud of black smoke shot out of the back of the truck and the smell of burning motor oil filled the cab. It was in July, and we wanted to go camping. I asked my dad if we could go up to our family's cabin in Elk Springs, which is near Montrose....   [tags: Personal Narrative Writing]

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Free Personal Narratives: Changing Roommates

- Changing Roommates Choosing to leave the comforts of your family and home to go away to college is a life-changing decision. The roommate you get matched up with can make or break your experience. The girl I was matched up with changed my life considerably in a way I didn't like, so I moved out. Moving was the best choice I could have made. The first sight of my new dorm room was not at all what I expected. There were boxes and papers everywhere. Out from behind a tower of boxes emerged the girl I knew I would be living with for the next few months....   [tags: Personal Narrative Writing]

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Free Personal Narratives: Camping - With Children!

- Camping - With Children. Last year I went camping for the first time, and I had my children with me. Don't get me wrong; my husband was there, too. He had camped before he got married. The scale of excitement was just higher for my children and me. I read books that described the camping experience, and I couldn't wait. Camping sounded earthy to me. There was an element of living like the pioneers; without all the hardships. Using an outhouse is hardship enough, for me. We were going to the camping grounds in the redwoods near Mendocino....   [tags: Personal Narrative Writing]

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Free Personal Narratives: Jail Time

- Jail Time Those blocks (block, block, block) in just plain gray (gray, gray, gray): the perfect surroundings to leave one's mind blank... or insane. Ow. My head hurts. It has been lying against this wall for at least an hour now. I scratched the back of my head to move around my dark, curly hair. It was beginning to feel plastered against my scalp. It was a bit tangled from not brushing it for a day and my fingers did not run through it with ease; nevertheless, it felt good to keep the blood flowing....   [tags: Personal Narrative Writing]

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Free Personal Narratives: Stormy Days - My Paradise

- Stormy Days - My Paradise "Oh, Man. I hate the rain!" my eight-year-old brother said. He had planned on spending the weekend outdoors, playing and exploring. I could understand his disappointment. An eight-year-old boy would much rather be outdoors catching disgusting creatures, riding bikes, and playing ball. Mothers generally don't allow these adventures on stormy days. He knew he was out of luck. I, on the other hand, felt content when I awoke to the sounds of "drip, drop, drip, drop" on my window pane....   [tags: Personal Narrative Writing]

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Free Personal Narratives: Resolving Arguments on the Playground

- Resolving Arguments on the Playground "If you want the fuckin' ball, come and get it!" Those enticingly intelligent words from Sean Kelly, a husky sixth grader, brought me my first taste of how arguments get settled on the playground. Actually it was going to be less of a taste and more like four courses and dessert. I was a small fourth grader, weighing in at a willowy eighty-five pounds. I was also still considered a "new kid." I had arrived in Somerville, Massachusetts just one year prior, coming from Brussels, Belgium....   [tags: Personal Narrative Writing]

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Free Personal Narratives: You Can Love a Thug

- You Can Love a Thug… We sat in the back of a broken down Lincoln, his friend in the driver's seat, inhaling cigarettes like oxygen. His newfound friends influenced him, changed him--in the worst way. "You become the company you keep," I always used to tell him. They took all I knew of him away from me, all of what I yearned for, all of what he was. Yeah, he was there physically, but what he was went up with the smoke his friend exhaled. I was still attracted to him. I wanted to feel every inch of his caramel skin, run my fingers through the zig-zag braids1 in his hair, lusting for the touch of him, for the words "I love you" to roll off his tongue, for his lips to softly caress mine ....   [tags: Personal Narrative Writing]

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Free Personal Narratives: Grandfather, Missing in Action

- Grandfather – Missing in Action We whiled away lazy afternoons down in his cool basement, working on an intricate model train system. I would blow the horn and link the cars into long snaking trains of autumn colors—burnt red, mustard yellow, and pumpkin orange. He would pull them apart again, telling me in gentle admonition that I had to stop doing that because they would all get stuck in the tunnel or that they couldn’t all handle the sharp turns. My clumsy little hands would knock over the houses, the miniature people and the toothpick-sized telephone poles....   [tags: Personal Narrative Profile Essays]

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Free Personal Narratives: The Birthday Party Disaster

- The Birthday Party Disaster Children place a high importance on the success of birthday parties. For children, a birthday is a special day, filled with friends, cake and presents. For parents, children's birthdays are seen as ideal social settings to converse with others and maintain family unity. However, a birthday party must be planned effectively to ensure its success. Lack of preparation will lead to a birthday party's downfall. It was a day of eager anticipation. It was a day of last-minute planning....   [tags: Personal Narrative Writing]

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Free Personal Narratives: Learning the Hard Way

- Learning the Hard Way “Hi Zac, we are all going out to Hacienda and then we’re all gonna have some fun. I have a surprise for you all. Just be here at six and it’ll be all set.” Kyle hung up the phone and resumed his calling. I threw on a clean shirt and shorts and arrived at his house with two minutes to spare. My blank stare at the empty drive way prompted Kyle to tell me that the six others already went to Hacienda and were getting a table. After dinner we walked to Linway and watched Office Space, a prelude for the weeks to come....   [tags: Personal Narrative Writing]

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Free Personal Narratives: Silent Tears for Grandmother

- Silent Tears for Grandmother We wind along the country roads that are flanked by pine trees and freshly planted cornfields. Finally, we rumble up the long dirt driveway to the muted-red house, needing to be repainted and repaired. As the tires roll to a stop, I spring from the car and happily run into Nana’s outstretched arms, where a shower of kisses falls upon my blond-streaked braids. I hug Grampa around his knees, and he pats my head. After Mom and Dad have said their hellos, I hurry to the door that I proudly open on my own....   [tags: Personal Narrative Profile Essays]

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Free Personal Narratives: I Am a Writer

- I Am a Writer Writing for me has not always come so easily. The first essay I wrote, in French, was about my second grade teacher Mr. Bernard. I was utterly enamored by Mr. Bernard, with his slim black leather tie, pinstriped shirt, styled hair and scent of smoke and cologne. He was my hero; I even took a picture of myself dressed up like him and gave it to him. My first experience with writing was in cursive due to my upbringing in Belgium. When our family moved to the US, I was the only third grader learning how to print and properly cross his T's....   [tags: Free Personal Narrative Writing]

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Free Personal Narratives: I Survived High-School

- I Survived High-School "Welcome to White Oak High School, home of the Vikings." The speech given to any fool unfortunate enough to enroll in this school. My first high school had an unhospitable atmosphere. It had the distinction of having the highest murder rate of any school in North Carolina. The school's undercover narcotics officer, Randy, was killed in the faculty parking lot. A car pulled up, and a black tinted window rolled down. The passenger in the back seat shot him once in the head with a handgun, then the car sped away....   [tags: Personal Narrative Writing]

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Free Personal Narratives: Life After Mono

- Life After Mono Merriam-Webster defines mononucleosis as: "an acute infectious disease associated with Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) and characterized by fever, swelling of lymph nodes, and lymphocytosis."1 It is more commonly called "mono," or "the kissing disease." When I was thirteen, I caught this dreaded disease, and it changed the ways I acted around my friends forever. Before I got sick, I never paid attention to my actions. If I was thirsty, I asked any friend for a sip of his/her drink, and I never gave my action a second thought....   [tags: Personal Narrative Writing]

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Personal Narrative - My Mother, the Hippie

- My Mother, the Hippie My mother is a "hippie" in every sense of the word. Therefore, as a young child, I spent a lot of time in the Great Outdoors. There were even some years in which we traveled around living on commune farms. I remember the huge gardens where you could always find my mom, and where I earned my nickname "Beans". I recall the cats and goats that were always roaming around, and I remember falling asleep in rooms stacked to the ceiling with bunkbeds, where all of the kids on the farm slept....   [tags: Personal Narratives]

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Soldier's Personal Narratives of the Vietnam War and The Vietnam War and the Tragedy of Containment

- Soldier's Personal Narratives of the Vietnam War and The Vietnam War and the Tragedy of Containment After reading the Soldier's Personal Narratives of the Vietnam War and The Vietnam War and the Tragedy of Containment, both information did not contradict each other. What both information actually do is that they compliment each other. When reading The Vietnam War and the Tragedy of Containment, we are reading a historical analysis from a historian's point of view. But not all of the analysis can really give the readers a sense of what the war is really like....   [tags: Vietnam War Essays]

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Personal Narrative - A Hole In One

- A Hole In One It was a Saturday afternoon, and I was at golf practice. It was a gorgeous day. The sun was out, there was just a slight breeze, and there wasn’t a cloud in the sky. No one could have asked for a better day. Three of my teammates and I were golfing together. We teed off at one o’clock. Walking down the fairway of number one looked just like a scene out of a movie. The lake off to the right and a line of trees along the left, were just gorgeous. Number two is a one hundred and forty-two yard par three....   [tags: Personal Narratives]

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Personal Narrative - Graduation Day

- Graduation Day It was one of the most exciting and nerve racking days of our lives. Although we were finally leaving high school, the feeling of being unsure didn’t go away. The whole day was full of practicing for the big moment when the entire class graduated on to a new beginning. All the girls wore shiny bright red robes and the guys were dressed in a shiny navy blue. Standing there, I had no idea what to expect. Some things I were aware of, my friends were leaving and we wouldn’t be the same friends anymore....   [tags: Personal Narratives]

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Free Personal Narratives: You Can’t Go Home Again

- You Can’t Go Home Again I sat in my friend's Oldsmobile with her three year old in the car seat resting in the back, as we traveled down the street towards my former residence behind the city park. My friend, Sarah, now a MOM, was eager to show me the transformation to the front of my old home. She kept saying, that I would never believe it as we approached the house, I could only see bareness. All of the bushes, flowers, and gardens that surrounded the house were removed. The windows appeared naked without curtains or blinds to dress them....   [tags: Personal Narrative Writing]

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Free Personal Narratives: Another Good Day Gone Bad

- Another Good Day Gone Bad I slowly pressed my foot down on the accelerator as I approached the passing lane. I was tired of following the old man in his beat up, gold station wagon at 50 miles per hour. I needed to get to school. I was right behind him when I topped the hill and entered the passing zone. That's when I saw it... The warm April morning was just what I needed to refresh my mind. I had been stressed about schoolwork and was trying to keep up with all of my activities. The nice sunny morning made everything seem right....   [tags: Personal Narrative Writing]

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Personal Narrative - Flying on the Wings of Love

- Flying on the Wings of Love The seat rumbled in the window seat of the plane. I looked out across the wing at the tiny men running frantically around in their orange vests. I started thinking about where I was about to go and my palms started to sweat. "Oh no" I thought to myself as I felt my body tensing. I was getting nervous although I had no clue about how my life was about to change. The plane began to move. We were taking off. With each minute, and each thought, I became more and more anxious....   [tags: Personal Narratives]

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Personal Narrative - Tae Kwon Do

- Tae Kwon Do Once upon a time, I qualified for the Tae Kwon Do State Championships, to go to the Tae Kwon Do Junior Olympics in Orlando, Florida. It was my second year at the Jr. Olympics, and I was competing in two events. Sparring and forms. Forms has always been my favorite, partly because I was pretty good at doing them. Sparring was okay. I guess. So we get to the arena on the day I had to compete, and I’ve got all these little butterflies and whatnot flittering around in my stomach. Forms came first, and guess what....   [tags: Personal Narratives]

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Personal Narrative - My University Education

- My University Education When I decided to attend State University, I pictured university education as an "Ivory Tower". I thought that I would be able to drown myself in my studies and not be affected by everyday life. Boy was I wrong. I found out in the fall of my freshman year that university education isn't the Ivory Tower that I pictured it to be. I was working 32 hours each week and attending classes full time and therefore, didn't have the time to devote to my studies that I had wanted to....   [tags: Personal Narratives]

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Personal Narrative - Bad Things Happen to Bad People

- Bad Things Happen to Bad People How many times have you just finished washing your car and, while you are driving down the highway all you hear is PLOP followed by juicy, white feces splattered on your windshield. Or how furious does one get when a pile of Miss FooFoo’s dog crap that your neighbor neglected to pick up a couple of hours ago encompasses your shirt and Levis jeans, while mowing the front yard. I know that I get royally upset when I see bird bombs on my car after I just finished washing it a few hours ago, or when I step in a fresh pile of Miss FooFoo’s poo poo....   [tags: Personal Narratives]

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Personal Narrative - My First True Love

- My First True Love Teens deal with conflict on a day-to-day basis. This holds true especially for Jared. You could say Jared was your average everyday teenager. He plays the guitar in his free time and has a great number of friends. But as for girlfriends, that’s a different story. It’s not like he isn’t an attractive guy. He has shoulder-length brown hair, dark brown eyes and a smile that was incomparable. His guitar playing skills and singing ability would make a girl go through the roof....   [tags: Personal Narratives]

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Personal Narrative - Mother Ireland

- Mother Ireland My family is proud to boast a long and rich history mothered by the Emerald Isle of Erin, which is Gaelic for Ireland. My family's clan was first called the O'Neills, and we inhabited the outskirts of a small village which now goes by the name of County Cork. We were minstrels, actors and musicians in the courts of our family's home for many generations. An interesting piece of recent history about my family is that we are closely related to the Kennedys on my father's side....   [tags: Example Personal Narratives]

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Dialogue: The Middle

- Elizabeth called Tara around dinner time and permitted her to listen into the meeting with Doctor ______. The doctor stated that Tom’s Glascow Coma Scale registered an eight and explained that patients with that rating had a sixty-eight percent chance of suffering a moderate disability. To make matters worse, the doctor warned that patients who suffer severe head injuries in their forties have more difficulty recovering than a younger patient. There was also a small possibility Tom would not recover....   [tags: personal narratives]

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Leaving for College - A Heartbreaking and Bittersweet Experience

- Leaving for College - A Heartbreaking and Bittersweet Experience “Here’s to the nights we felt alive, here’s to the tears we knew you’d cry, here’s to goodbye, tomorrow’s gonna come too soon.” - Eve 6. I’ve heard this song many times before, but it took me so long to finally understand the real meaning behind it. The last night I spent in Tucson before moving away to college has proved to be the most heartbreaking and bittersweet life experience I’ve ever had to endure, yet it is also my fondest memory of home....   [tags: Personal Narratives]

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The Challenge of Communication between Men and Women

- He looks at me with big puppy dog eyes and says,"Kate, do you really want me to stay?" HELLO. Now, you have to understand that I don't want to make decisions for him, and I don't want to be controlling, so I say, "It's your decision." Wow, that is the number one clue; if you get that line you'd better stay with her. Why can't you just listen to me. I don't want your advice; I just want you to listen!" I yelled. "I did listen to you; you could have done something to prevent that problem!" my boyfriend replied....   [tags: Personal Narratives]

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Personal Narrative

- Thumbs Out A girlfriend of mine once defended me to her father by saying, calmly, “Not every one who wanders is lost.” The dad kicked me out of the house anyway. But the damage had been done. Not everyone who wanders is lost. Of course I had to see her again. That was during the summer after my second year in college, and when I decided to leave school the following winter, I had but one destination in mind. Except that I was heading to Kansas City, where I figured jobs were easier to come by, instead of Wichita, 200 miles to the south, where she was living and asking me to go....   [tags: Personal Narratives Hitchhiking Essays]

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The Chi Omega Spirit - Overcoming Obstacles and Achieving Success

- The Chi Omega Spirit - Overcoming Obstacles and Achieving Success For as long as I can remember I have set high goals for myself regarding my future, my friendships, and my education. Entering college with these standards I knew that I wouldn’t settle for less than my best, and I would strive to amaze myself at my success. One thing I never fit into my planned path of achievement was any type of struggle, or obstacle that could alter the way I have thought for so long. The first month of college I fell upon an obstacle I never could have imagined....   [tags: Personal Narratives]

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Advice - Is it Better to Give than to Receive?

- Advice - Is it Better to Give than to Receive. Advice and the language it’s given in can work only if the person in need of it can handle what is being said to them and accept it. Otherwise it just goes in one ear and out the other. Advice to me needs to be spoken in a calm and rational way or I tend not to listen to it. It can be advice from parents, relatives, friends, colleagues, or just about anyone, even myself. Advice given to me when I was younger was a lot different than when I got older....   [tags: Personal Narratives]

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Criticism is Much More Valuable than Praise

- Criticism is Much More Valuable than Praise It is often said that being a rock star is not as easy as it looks. In a book devoted to music appreciation, it says: The rise of rock and roll and its offspring rock is the most important music phenomenon of the past half-century. Economically, rock music has grown into a multibillion-dollar industry; socially, it had a far-reaching impact on the way people live, dress, talk, and even think; musically, it has dominated the popular scene for some forty years, and influenced virtually every other style of music....   [tags: Personal Narratives]

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Adam Taliaferro - An Inspirational Football Player

- Adam Taliaferro - An Inspirational Football Player I’ve known Adam Taliaferro for almost two and a half years. I knew him before his horrific injury suffered at Ohio State. I knew him throughout his rigorous rehabilitation routine at Magee Rehabilitation Hospital in Philadelphia. I know him today, continuing to rehabilitate and inspire countless individuals through their daily struggles. Remarkably, throughout those two and a half years, he has remained unchanged. Obviously, there are physical differences....   [tags: Personal Narratives]

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Good Advice is Hard to Find

- Good Advice is Hard to Find Advice is something that is very important in my life and in the life of most others. It allows us to ask another person their feelings and experiences about certain situations they have encountered in his/hers lifetime and then attempt use that information to help yourself. Good advice however is hard to come by. My dad has many stories that begin with, “Well when I was your age…” This is an example of bad advice. It is hard to relate what he experienced to my life, because of the generations of difference....   [tags: Personal Narratives]

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The Psycho Lady of Flight 735

- The Psycho Lady of Flight 735 Back in summer of summer of ’99, my mom, Judy, my dad, Dale, my brother, Brian and me, Michelle, took a vacation to California. Our trip was awesome. We went to Disneyland, Universal Studios and all those other tourist attractions. Everything was great until we got to the Los Angeles International Airport to fly home, on my very first plane ride ever. When we got there, we looked on the screen to see if our flight was still running on schedule, but to our surprise, our flight was boarding....   [tags: Personal Narratives]

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Sharks - Rulers of the Ocean

- Have you ever seen Jaws. Do you remember that blood-curdling scream as one of the girls was being attacked by the great white. That is how I felt as the sharks started to circle us. You could see the fear in our eyes. You could feel the ocean shudder as we all shook from excitement and trepidation. This is how most people feel about sharks. That is why researchers are trying their hardest to dispel all of the rumors about sharks. The only problem the researchers have is the local governments. They setup regulations banning people from coming in contact with any endangered animal....   [tags: Personal Narratives]

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On My Way to Medical School

- On My Way to Medical School As I paced the long dim and silent halls of Floor 3, I breathed in that distinctive “hospital smell,” that one cannot even begin to describe or pinpoint. Looking down another long hall, I finally saw a doctor come out of the corridors briskly walking toward the waiting lounge where my family had been the past few hours. My grandfather anxiously stepped out to speak with the heart surgeon and for the first time in my life, I saw tears flow from my grandfather’s pale and tired face....   [tags: Personal Narratives]

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My Struggles with English Composition

- My Struggles with English Composition “…As for all the seniors, I want you to challenge yourselves this year and don’t think you’re going to cruise through to graduation.”-Mrs. Smith, County High School. Although some seniors in high school refuse to take a hard schedule, I decided to take a challenging composition course my last year of high school and learned more than ever before from it. My teacher, Mr. Bacz, focused mostly on vocabulary, grammar, and how to right an essay. Each one of these subjects combined to give me a year of hard work, which eventually paid off....   [tags: Personal Narratives]

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My Journey to College

- My Journey to College I first came to the university during spring break of my junior year of high school. At the time I was just visiting the three main universities in Arizona so that I would be able to make an educated decision as to where I wanted to get my college education. There were many events showing me the way to this university and little did I know that these events would come upon me and that they would show me the doors to the place where I was truly meant to be. I had a small thought in mind of becoming a chef or something else in the hospitality field....   [tags: Personal Narratives]

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Studying - With Children!

- Studying - With Children. When people think of starting over, a lot of different things come to mind. Starting over could be simply going back to the drawing board in a business venture, rewriting an English paper, or rearranging your life. Even rearranging your life can be from many different aspects. Alcoholics need to start over. Gamblers need to start over. Divorced people need to make a new start as well. In which direction does starting over take you. Starting over for me first of all meant finding a way to keep up with all of the payments a married couple acquire with a home and kids....   [tags: Personal Narratives]

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A Fly-In Fishing Trip

- A Fly-In Fishing Trip It was the summer going into my sophomore year of college and my father and I decided to spend some time together before leaving. We had decided to take a fishing trip. We both love to fish and have spent many hours together in a boat, but never really caught anything to brag about. My father had joined Walleyes Unlimited through a close friend of his he has known for a long time named Bill Weaver. There was an opportunity to join Bill, his son Bryce, and about twenty others from Walleyes Unlimited, for a six-day, seven-night fly-in fishing trip to Manitoba, Canada....   [tags: Personal Narratives]

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My Hero, My Dad

- My Hero, My Dad The wind was cold and bit deeply into the skin on my exposed legs and chest. I shivered a little, shielding my face against the cold by putting my back to the wind. Standing alone on the platform, high against the background of the rest of the park sent shivers tightly down my spine. I watched the goose bumps raise neatly on my arms and legs. I took a deep breath, closed my eyes, sighed out my anxieties and jumped. I was quickly being violently thrashed about inside the fiberglass tube, working my way down the cascading waterfall of death....   [tags: Personal Narratives]

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Defining Myself through Writing

- Defining Myself through Writing I can write in various voices and styles and about various topics; with each piece I hope to represent different aspects of who I am. I need not say "This is me", but I show through now and then; sometimes more strongly than others as can be assumed. In writing I allow my true self to show, I can express myself and experiment with different styles. I will warn you that my writing is never too risqué, I remain quite practical and composed. Composed. I'll make that into a verb and say that in writing "I compose." Strange that I have a strong love for music yet have never tried to write it....   [tags: Personal Narratives]

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Free Narrative Essays - Killing Ourselves with Work

- Killing Ourselves with Work Americans are killing themselves with work. Americans often are sleep deprived, stressed and have problems at home. All of this are most probably caused from over working. I think sleep deprivation is a major problem in the United States. It must make sense that if an American is over working he/she cannot possibly get in the minimum of six hours sleep. Being a college student myself, I often see over worked students sleep through class. These students work and are pressured to keep up good grades....   [tags: Example Personal Narratives]

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Free Narrative Essays - Why Can't We All Just Get Along?

- I recall an incident back in my elementary school days, when I was on the playground during an afternoon recess. My friends and I were intensely involved in a emotional game of basketball. I had been playing miserably, so after my fourth brick, I spiked the ball, super bowl touchdown style against the solid pavement. It began a long process of ricocheting off the walls of the coverd area and amidst it's air born flight it somehow managed to collide with the jawbone of a rather thuggish looking 5th grader....   [tags: Example Personal Narratives]

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Just Another Scar

- Just Another Scar It began on one smoldering hot day in Tucson. This was another usual day for the residents of Tucson, so hot we could cook an egg on the sidewalk. My dad was outside working on the car, sweating more and more with every turn of the wrench. My brother was shooting hoops in our driveway trying to improve his skills. With the sun shining down and the bouncing of my brother’s basketball I realized I needed to be outside having fun and getting tan as well. I grabbed my sunglasses, laced up my Nike’s and headed outside for some fun in the sun....   [tags: Personal Narratives]

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- I Was Poor, Not Low Class Remember as a child people would tell you, "You are what you eat." When you are fed fat, you will become fat. When fed violence, you become violent. A diet of anger will make you hate. Hunger will make you hungrier, or so it would seem. I think it is ironic that we teach children at a young age to judge people by means other than the content of their character. Then, we expect children to be honest and loving after being labeled by how others view them. After all, how many people, besides your closest friends and family, can walk into your room and point to items that give a reflection of who you really are....   [tags: Example Personal Narratives]

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- This Crazy Little Thing Called Hate Hate is a very scary thing and there is much too much of it in the world. I am an object of hate because I am a lesbian. I had a very scary incident a year ago that will haunt me for the rest of my life. I had a girlfriend and we were openly together at school, so most students and teachers knew of our sexuality. We were the objects of a lot of hate but I had no idea how powerful that hate was until one horrible day. My girlfriend, two guy friends, and I were doing what we did every day after school - walking to our cars to go home....   [tags: Example Personal Narratives]

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- Josie's Triumph Even though I am the older brother and she's the younger sister, Josie was always a head taller, and a good 40 pounds heavier than me when we were growing up. I hated that. I was the big brother. I was supposed to be dominant and protective. But while she was the biggest kid in school, I was nearly the smallest. Josie's size and strength only made my lack of those two qualities more apparent. I was two years ahead of her in school, which meant that by the time she got to middle school I was already an 8th grader....   [tags: Example Personal Narratives]

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- Transcendentalism A whole month of being nice. From the start, I didn't think it was even humanly possible. Although I always try my hardest to be pleasant, I'm sarcastically witty by nature. This project, no matter how inspirational and uplifting it could be, would decidedly be no walk in the park. Nevertheless, I decided to persevere. Even if I ended up being a complete Transcendental failure, maybe I'd still learn something along the way. On the first day, I went for about twenty minutes before cracking a joke at my best friend....   [tags: Example Personal Narratives]

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- Voices The Voice: Well, Mrs. Dryer, I go to a very competitive school. I have to take competitive classes. It's not as though the work load would go down if I dropped to a lower level. I had a very busy week, and the play just started. I'll have more time this week. I promise to practice more between now and next lesson. The Scholar (that lives in my mind): What is that woman saying!. Drop my AP classes so that I'll have more time for piano. Does she realize that piano isn't life....   [tags: Example Personal Narratives]

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- she always laughs... Suicide makes me think of my grandmother and uncle whom I never met. Each took their lives before I was born. I spoke with my mother about Grandma Ruth yesterday evening. She delights in telling me how much Grandma Ruth would have loved me. We didn't talk about her often. She died when my mother was a junior in high school. My mother always refered to her as "my mother", so it wasn't until I was a teen that I came up with a name for her. My grandfathers are called by their last names: Grandpa P....   [tags: Example Personal Narratives]

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I Accidentally Dropped the Air Conditioner Unit on the Roof of My Dad's Car

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When I Was Hit by a Car, and then Realized the Importance of Family

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- I Was Raped by My Teacher Ken was my voice teacher. I never admired anyone more than him. He meant the world to me. It would be safe to say that we did not have a typical teacher/student relationship. I was infatuated with him. He was tall dark and had the voice of an angel. But he was eleven years older than I was, and he was my teacher. I learned from him, I confided in him, and I trusted him. I never pictured myself being with him. I never dreamt he would think of me as a 'woman' and not just a love-stricken seventeen year-old vocal student....   [tags: Example Personal Narratives]

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- Death of My Father The most significant and life changing experience in my life was when my dad died two years ago. It really awakened me to how the world works and how fragile life is. I remember the day perfectly. I was working with my guitar teacher, George at Nick Rail Music, when my dad passed away in a car crash at Mussel Shoals. Later we learned that his heart had stopped while he was driving on the freeway due to an infection in his heart. Therefore his car went out of control when he lost consciousness, and drifted into the oncoming traffic....   [tags: Example Personal Narratives]

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Stereotypes and Stereotyping - I Was a Teenage Brain

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American Culture: Life in a Petri Dish

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- Fort Bragg: My First Road Trip When you are a teenager you reach a certain point in your life when you want to be independent. You get this feeling that you want to do something on your own to prove you can. When I was seventeen, in the fall of 2001, I had that feeling that I needed to do something on my own. I needed an adventure to show everyone that I was old enough to be on my own for once. I needed something exciting and new. I talked to my friend Annie and we came up with a plan for our adventure....   [tags: Personal Narratives Freedom Essays]

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- Home Sick for the First Time “Are we almost there?” “Are we there yet?” “Lets just keep going, don’t stop!” I kept repeating these words due to my anxiousness and adrenaline that was pulsing through my veins. I wasn’t thinking about anything else but just getting to my destination. Just like getting some food because you are so hungry for it that you can’t wait any longer. All the other students don’t even care they are just going with the flow. Their entire faces look tired, half asleep, and quiet while listening to their CD players....   [tags: Traveling Personal Narratives Essays]

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I Am a Conscientious Objector

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- The Problem with Being Gay About a year ago one of my best friends and I bought some glow-in-the-dark stars to paste on my ceiling. After about four hours of neck-straining work, we shut off all the lights in my room, closed the door, jumped onto my bed and looked up to admire the green glowing wonders above us. After a few minutes of quiet talking, my friend said something that totally blew me away. It might have been that he was tired from the day's work, or maybe a little light-headed from all the dust and stucco we inhaled while placing those stars on my ceiling....   [tags: Personal Narratives Homosexuality Essays]

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- A New Look at Flagstaff Flagstaff has always been an exciting and interesting town to me. When I decided to go to college here, I wanted to go someplace with a fun outdoorsy atmosphere where there would always be new stuff to do. I think I have found the excitement and adventure I was looking for in the somewhat small and comfortable city of Flagstaff. Through my new experience and my time in Flagstaff, I have found myself to be a stronger and well rounded person. When I found out the assignment of doing something new in Flagstaff, I was excited because it gave me a chance to make myself get out of my comfort zone and try something different....   [tags: Personal Narratives College Essays]

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The Day After Getting Drunk

- The Day After I’ll never forget that night, wait I don’t even remember that night. All I remember was getting to the point where there was no way I could even think of driving. Some designated driver I was, luckily my friend didn’t drink much that Saturday night or it would have been the taxi for us. That might not have been such a bad thing, but what would I have written about if that had happened. The night ended very late, with enough liquor and beer in my stomach to get five people trashed....   [tags: Personal Narratives Drinking Essays]

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- Communication Problems in the Workplace I work at Geneva Ace Hardware. My most important job, among my many duties, is to help customers. Usually everything goes ok, but there are always a few customers that can be hard to deal with. I’ve had to deal with Mexicans who can barely speak English. I’ve had to deal with Mexicans who use their 5 year old children/grandchildren as translators. I once had to deal with a Canadian couple whose accent was so rich; I would have about a 30 second delayed response to try to convert their English into my English....   [tags: Personal Narratives Communicating Essays]

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Moving Around as a Child

- Moving Around as a Child So far in my life I have moved eight times and been to twelve different schools. I’m not talking about just moving houses. I’m talking about eight times, packing all of my things and moving to a whole different state. In all this I have learned the most important quality that anyone needs to get through all of the hardships and changes in moving. That quality is courage. Courage is as stated in The New International Webster’s Dictionary of the English Language to be “the capacity to meet danger or difficulty with firmness.” In my mind courage has always meant doing what you had to do, and dealing with it because you had to....   [tags: Personal Narratives Courage Essays]

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My Math Teacher, Mrs. Ladd

- My Math Teacher, Mrs. Ladd When thinking back and remembering all of the teachers that I have had in the past, there is one in particular that comes to mind. Her name was Mrs. Ladd. She taught math at the junior high school. Mrs. Ladd was not the most popular, funniest, hardest, easiest, nicest, nor the meanest teacher. I remember her for some other reasons. When I think of Mrs. Ladd, I think about how hard she made me work. But I also think about how she made me challenge myself. Most of all, I remember how she influenced me....   [tags: Personal Narratives Mathematics Essays]

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