December 10th, 2012
Topic: My Neighborhood and its effect on me.
D.O.B: December 24th, 1994
Unlike the suburbs yet a suburban mentality was instilled; the idea that how we appear to others and education is the key to social mobility, well, the legal key. Although I was born a child of the ghetto I learned that the ghetto is where I’m teenage mother in Kingston, Jamaica. I currently reside in Seaview Gardens a community that is said to be a ghetto, and don’t get me wrong, it is but it’s my suburb and it’s where I learnt everything I know. “What people think of a ghetto is dependent on how people in the ghetto think” – Shadiomar McPharlene; where I live although there’s distractions all around,
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From him I learnt the most important quality someone should have selflessness, the ability to sacrifice your needs to help the needs of others. Through being around others that did not have this quality you begin to see it’s importance. Where I live it is guns, bleaching, fights, break-ins, zincs and a lot of negative substances and people but there is also unity, cooperation, water battles, Christmas treats, laughter and everything else that would exist in an elite community. To deal with the negativity around we learned that education along with church beats everything, with the support of your church and determination in school no matter if it is a traditional or non- traditional one you will achieve. One year a girl attending Haile Selassie High School (a non-traditional school) got 11 CSEC subjects and that was her ticket to attend any university of her choice, despite the negative influences around her she persevered and she was successful. Just like me, I have never been to a preparatory school I was sent to a primary school, also in a ghetto but it’s there I learned the importance of strength. To survive in that primary school strength was a key factor, not only physical strength to deal with bullies but mental strength to deal with verbal attacks.
Upon leaving that primary school I was the most respected student among teachers, students and even