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    meant more to me than I ever realised. My life - boring and average - was just that: average. Never once did I wish for something else, never once did I need anything else. Nationality. I now knew its true meaning. I wasn’t just returning to Australia. I was returning home.

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    academically burnt out. Or they are unsure of the career path that they would like to pursue in college. Gap years are becoming increasingly popular, as well as highly debated. Supporters say it can provide students clarity and give them an edge when returning to school. Opponents say it can be unproductive and actually make it harder for students to return to the classroom. Regardless as to which side of the debate you or I are on we should be able to agree that a Gap year needs to be well thought out

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    Daughters of the Dust and Mama Day Although their plots are divergent, Julie Dash’s “Daughters of the Dust” and Gloria Naylor’s Mama Day possess strikingly similar elements: their setting in the islands off the coast of South Carolina and Georgia, their cantankerous-but-lovable matriarchs who are both traditional healers, and stories of migration, whether it be to the mainland or back home again. The themes of the film and the book are different but at the same time not dissimilar: Dash’s film

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    The Family Reunion

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    The Family Reunion T.S. Elliott's "The Family Reunion" is a play about the return to home, and the looking back at ghosts of the past.   The play starts with Harry returning to his boyhood home for his mother's birthday.  The plot centers around Harry's return, the mystery surrounding his wife's death, and his family's desire to have Harry take over the role as head of the household.  It's an anticipated return, one that they all have been waiting for.  There are concurrent plots threading through

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    After meeting a war veteran who saw Boris get shot, Veronika is still hoping that Boris will return from the war. She has lived a life plagued by war, hatred, submission, and death. In this conclusion of the film, the war has ended and soldiers are returning home. Scene: In the closing scene of the film, after Veronika claims to know Boris is alive, a parade/ celebration is held as soldiers return from the war. Bands play and people cheer as a train full of soldiers pull into the Moscow station. Veronika

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    A Complicated Return

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    Yellow Birds, a novel by Kevin Powers, and ReEntry, a play by Emily Ackerman and K.J. Sanchez both show the difficulties faced by returning soldiers. As Bartle in The Yellow Birds recounts his coming home story, we learn that he has many of the same symptoms we commonly see in returned soldiers such as guilt, depression and trouble adjusting to civilian life. The returning soldiers and their families in ReEntry also show those symptoms by the words they speak to the audience members. The format of

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    Returning to the Moon

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    Almost forty years ago, man landed on the moon for the first time and almost forty years later, man has not been on the moon since. Now the question is posed, should man make an effort to go back to the moon to discover new things with our new technology and verify what we have discovered since our absence? Or, is it not worth it, and is it just a waste of money. With NASA wanting to go to the moon in 2020, an answer needs to be given. It does not appear to be worth sending a manned mission to

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    Returning Adult Student

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    This essay is a reflection on identifying, discussing and applying useful resources available to me as a returning adult student to help me perform and succeed in an online academic environment. There are three key areas of impact: stress, time management and wellness and throughout the essay I will reference two great articles on adult learning, my decision to join the gym and my results from the Holmes-Rahe Life Stress Inventory.5 By looking at stress, time management and wellness along with having

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    Returning back to school was a very natural decision for me. It seemed to be the next logical step in my personal and career goals. My ultimate goal is to be happy and healthy and be a good provider and role model. With that set aside for now, my next goal is to be financially stable and able to provide for my family in ways that my family was not able to provide for me. I definitely expect to work for what I want and earn every bit of it. The most recent motivator was that my company was willing

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    Returning to School

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    Wanting to return to school has been a dream for a long time. I am starting out a little late, at 45 years old, but I have finally found my passion, working in education. Since the age of thirteen, I have been working multiple jobs day and night, only to still be below the poverty line; stuck in survival mode for so long now that I need to have a permanent positive change that will help me accomplish more than I ever have. The reason for me going back to school is to get certified so I may

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