Julie Ellzey Argumentative Essay

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Julie Ellzey, my grandmother, was born on December 31, 1956. She is currently 59 years old. The reason I decided to do my paper on her is because she continues to inspire me and push me to be better in every aspect of life. I learned a lot of things about my grandma that I didn’t already know before. Julie grew up in the 70s when everyone was fighting for equal rights. She was pretty young during this time. Julie was the oldest of four siblings. Unfortunately, being the oldest, she carried the most responsibility. My great grandparents would go on vacation often, causing my grandma to watch her younger siblings at the age of 9. At a young age my grandma had to learn to take care of herself and others. My grandma was affected by being a woman …show more content…
She never got in trouble until she met my grandpa. At sixteen years old Julie became pregnant with David, my father. She was just starting out senior year when she found out she was pregnant. My pawpaw asked her to marry him, and so they got married that December. When the principal of Davison High School found out that my grandma was pregnant he tried to kick her out of school. She told him, “you cannot kick me out of school! That’s illegal!” The principal then tried to make up the excuse that school would affect her health. After being told this she went to the OBGYN and demanded that her doctor write the principal a note saying she could go back to school. My great grandma was convinced that Julie had ruined her life and actually offered her to abort the baby. My grandma refused the abortion and decided to take on the challenge. She graduated high school seven months …show more content…
My pawpaw worked to support my grandma and my dad. She decided against going to school at first because she had to take care of her new baby. Julie only worked twice a week for 4 hours. She told me she liked working for those few hours a week because it got her out of the house. A few months’ pass and December rolls around, my grandpa is taking care of David while my grandma is at work. David cried so much that it drove my pawpaw crazy. He brought David to Julie’s work and said, “you need to quit your job because I cannot watch him anymore.” So that’s exactly what she did, she quit her job. She told my pawpaw that she was going to go to college if she couldn’t work and he told her, “as long as you pass the classes you can go.” Julie then applied for school and she got in. She originally went to school to study marine biology. My grandma told me that she was looking through the newspaper and didn’t see a single job offer for a marine biologist. What she did see was a high demand for nurses. Julie changed her major to nursing. At that time Julie’s graduating class was the first to earn a 4-year bachelor’s degree at South Alabama. After graduation, my grandma got a job at the hospital and she told me that it only paid $4.84. My grandpa was upset because he told me grandma that the cashiers at Winn-Dixie were making 8$ an hour and she should have just been a cashier. Julie worked for a few years and had 3 more kids: Michal, Jessica,

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