Personal Narrative: Where I Am Today

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Living in a small Appalachian town in Kentucky, has exposed me to many obstacles I have had to overcome to get where I am today. I am an honor student, a certified nursing assistant, and a Robinson Leader. I am also enrolled as a freshman at Maysville Community and Technical College while still being enrolled at Menifee County High as a senior. I rise to the top of many of my classes although I am usually the youngest. Getting to where I am today was not easy. Appalachia Kentucky has a long history of poverty, gender inequalities, and stereotypes; this makes getting an education and having a bright future hard for a teenage girl who lives in the small town of Frenchburg.

Growing up in poverty takes a toll on education. If a family
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I know that sounds a bit ridiculous, but honestly it has. In the place that I grew up in, males are seen as a superior to females. Usually a guy will get an opportunity open to them before a girl will. It has been this way for years in my city. Girls are supposed to stay home, take care of the family and have no reason to further their education. The only future probable from women is children and dishes.

A roadblock such as stereotypes also made it tricky for me while getting where I am today. Because of the stereotypical people in surroundings, I have lost valuable opportunities. I am a girl who lives in the backwoods of the commonwealth; people tend to judge that I am uneducated and unwilling to learn. When people get to know me, they realize that I am the exact opposite. I study hard, manage my time, and grab any opportunity I can to further myself and reach my life goals.

Overcoming these barriers has molded and shaped me into the determined person I am today. I am actually thankful I grew up in poverty, had people turn from me because I am a girl, and judge me due to stereotypes. This showed me that if I put my mind to it, I could be just as successful and educated as anyone else. I am proud of my accomplishments and will continue to prove the people who judge me wrong. I hope to be a role model to others going through the same stumbling

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