Identity essay outline

Identity essay outline - Will Cliff WAC 1 Section B Using...

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Will Cliff 10/27/09 WAC 1 Section B Using the assigned reading as your foundation, write a 4-6 page paper that answer the question, What is my identity? Use scholarly citations when referencing texts, but don’t be afraid to be bold and gutsy like Gomez-Pena. OUTLINE It was when I, at the time a lost little high school lover, got dumped by my girlfriend in my junior year of high school that I first thought about my identity. At first I rejected this strange mindset—not really even understanding what I was thinking about most of the time—but as I’m sure many can attest to, you can’t just drop an identity crisis when you’re stuck smack dab in the middle of one. Thoughts of identity often come in times of grief. Diana Fuss, author of The Identification Papers, writes, “All identification begins in an experience of traumatic loss and in the subjects tentative attempts to manage that loss…identification is a reactive mechanism.” (p. 38) This was exactly the case for me. At the time it drove me to great frustration. Professor Peter Sellars said, “When you turn your life upside down you see what you’re really made of.” My life had flipped vertically 180 degrees but I had no clue what I was made of—I just felt beat up and sad. Then that summer before senior year I really came to appreciate my little identity phase, as I continue to do to this day. Through family, friends, and traveling to unfamiliar places I have a strong sense of who I am today. These people and experience have also made me realize that my identity is something that I will ponder for potentially the rest of my life and as a result of this, I expect to make many spontaneous decisions and have life-altering experiences that will set me better off as a person.
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One of the most valuable resources I have had in finding my identity today has been my family. My family and I have been through everything together—from one of us having poor health, to coping to new changes in lifestyle, to traveling the world, etc. As a result we are all extremely close and act as an unbreakable support network for one another. Even in times of disagreement we stuck together and because of this I have a sense of confidence due to not really ever feeling alone.
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