The Causes And Effects Of The Great Recession Essay

799 Words Feb 17th, 2016 4 Pages
As I stared at the blank white page in front of me I had no idea what to write. Frustration bubbled up inside me like steam building up in a tea kettle, and I wanted to scream. I had a research paper due in less than a week for my economics class about the Great Recession, but nothing was coming to me. All I could think of were questions. What did I have to say? What did I really learn during all the hours I spent studying the causes and effects of the Great Recession? How did this even affect me? In that moment I had no idea how I was going to answer those questions in a thoughtful way.
When I was growing up it always seemed like my parents never had enough money, and beginning shortly after my twelfth birthday there were a few particularly difficult years when they would often receive letters from the bank threatening foreclosure on our house. I vividly remember listening to my parents talking, or rather fighting, about these letters which would arrive every few months in ugly yellow envelopes. I would sit on the floor at the top of the staircase where I knew I would be out of their view and lean my head against the banister so I could make out every word of the conversation.
From my second-story perch I could clearly hear the agitation in my mother’s voice when she would ask, “What are we going to do? If we don’t get caught up on our mortgage they’re going to take the house.” “I don’t know,” my father would reply blankly.
“What do you mean you don’t know?” she hissed.…

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