What is your most important title, and why?
No matter how much things change or I even change, there will always be one thing that will remain consistent with me. Being a big sister is what matters the most to me. My mom always reminds me that, “you asked for her” when I complain of the annoying antics of my little sister. I remember that although my sister Kendall never makes things easy, they are always worth it. I look up to my sister in so many ways. She is not afraid to do what makes her happy. Learning and academics come incredibly easy to this whiz kid, and she is hands down the funniest person I know, other than me. I might be the big sister but she takes care of me just as much as I take care of her. I am forever thankful for my little “KenKen.” Kendall has helped me to think of others, to stick up for myself, and most importantly she has increased my ability to give and receive love tremendously. I am so protective over her. I see the love, excitement, and potential, that radiate from her. It makes me so proud to be able to say that I am her big sister. Growing up I want her to feel that I helped her to become who she is. Kendall pushes me to be the best person and big sister I can possibly be. Nothing matters more to me than the well being and love for my sister.
We all come from families, communities, groups of people. Briefly describe yours and how the dynamics have impacted you.
Pinky Alberta Demery, I knew she was strong, from stories that were told to me. I knew she was caring, from the love I was told that was passed down from her. I also knew that she was my great grandmother and she died when my grandmother was 16 years old. My family has always been predominantly female. I looked around, in particularly my mom and grandmother, and saw Pinky radiating through us. I have never met her, but I know she radiates through me. Her witty sayings, almond eyes, and raspy voice have touched us. Her love for tennis has been instilled in us, whether some like it or not. The bond Pinky developed within the women in my family and young women to come shows me how empowering it is to love the ladies in my life. We come from Pinky Alberta; that alone makes us strong.
Think of your favorite book or movie of all time. Use three literary devices that you believe heighten the overall message of the work.
One of my favorite novels is "Their Eyes Were Watching God" by Zora Neale Hurston. Three literary devices used in this novel are diction, point of view, and pathos. Diction as a device allows for us to understand the location the novel takes place in, as well as the time period. In this work the diction encompasses certain accents being picked up, while canceling out other sounds. Point of view gives insight into who is telling the story. In this novel it is a third person point of view, meaning the words "he" and "she" are used, not "I." Knowing this, we understand that as readers we may not always be reading a characters direct thoughts and feelings. Finally, pathos plays to a readers emotions or passions. Using pathos can make us feel sad or happy right along the characters in the book.