My Sense Of Self

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I do not feel like a drastically different version of myself; pulled apart and pieced together again with new parts and leftover fragments of my old self like Frankenstein’s monster. Upon interviewing my mother about my personal growth since my eighth grade year, it would seem that I am essentially the same “firecracker” that I was almost five years ago, just less rough around the edges. Inner reflection has also made me realize that I have in fact changed, be it in my physicality, my personal views and religion, or morals in general. I have grown up so much physically-much like all do- since eighth grade. My old favorite shoes no longer fit, sadly XS is no longer my trademark size and I no longer have to strain myself to reach my top shelf …show more content…
When I called my mom to interview her for this paper, I was afraid that she would tell me that I hadn’t matured that much or that I was super obnoxious as a middle school student. I was surprised and delighted when she told me, “you are essentially the same Samantha, still very passionate but more reasonable and confident now that you know what you want and are focused on it.”(Miller) My sense of self is seemingly the same as it was five years ago; I have always thought of myself as important, I have always identified as a strong personality and even though my maturity has grown I feel like the same person deep …show more content…
In eighth grade, dance drew me in with the freedom it provides as both a creative outlet and as a way to relax. The flame was sparked by a performance that some friends and I put on for my church for Easter. It was a way for me to be involved in my church, and I did not realize that it was the beginning of a journey that would continue to shape who I am five years later. If anything can be blamed for the “softening” of some of my rough edges, it would be the beginning of my serious commitment to dance. The last five years have only fueled my desire to continue to dance, and drove me to choose it as my minor at GCSU. I don’t think that I realized how much dance would mean to me, or the implications of my commitment in eighth grade. Back then I couldn’t do a proper port de bras, and just five years later I will be in GCSU’s 18th annual Nutcracker in December. The amount of knowledge that I have gained from the last five years alone is remarkable. Dance not only allowed me to find a way to express myself, but it gave me a personal identity that is still relevant to me as a college

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