Reflection Essay: Who Am I

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Who am I? This is the question that keeps lingering in my head in those midnight self-talks or those deep shower thoughts. I tell myself that I am just another average high schooler, but it is hard to believe that the average teen goes through the same problems as I do, acts similarly, or has the same aspirations. There are multiple quirks and attributes which define who I am; some I take ownership and some I try to suppress. Throughout all of my self-reflection, I have realized that many factors come into play when defining me physically, emotionally, socially, and intellectually. If you were to ask a random person about me, you would most likely receive the response of "Oh! The tall, skinny kid?". Yup, that's right, just like 99.9% of high school teens, I as well struggle with body insecurity. As a kid, I revolved around my mother's self-comments about her being too fat. I never truly understood why someone could have such harsh critiques over a weight. It wasn't until I hit puberty and had multiple growth spurts, which caused me to lose an immense amount of weight, that I realized that body weight/figure is something that is emotionally consuming. I also realized that such an obsession over a weight isn't for personal satisfaction, it' sadly just a natural habit to seek…show more content…
Anthony J D'Angelo once said "Develop a passion for learning. If you do, you will never cease to grow." From as long as I can remember, I've always been a curious boy, always exploring, and always looking for something new to discover; that curiosity carried over into my school work. Also, as None of my parents nor my three siblings had the opportunity to continue their education, I feel somewhat obligated, but mostly challenged to be the first. When I handed my freshman year's report card to my mother, her face lit up like I've never seen before. Ever since then, I've felt a need to continue that hopeful fire that burns inside my

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