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A Trip To Poverty Essay

1897 words - 8 pages

The sky was filled with stars, as the moon slowly peered out from the dark clouds, and it was a nice pleasant evening. I was sitting outside on the bench in front of the library, trying to hear the sounds of the crickets hidden in the grass conversing with one another about things no one else would understand but them. I was lost in thoughts about the girl from my English class, who, for some reason always sits in the corner of the entire room, all by herself. When I awoke from my thoughts, I realized that the pattern of cricket noises did not seem to be as loud as they were before. Now a different noise had overtaken them. It was a weird continuous sound. A noise I had never heard before, a noise very new to me, but yet so familiar, very disturbing, and loud. It seemed to come from the bench behind mine. Fear ran through my veins, and my heart started beating faster than a racer who wins the marathon! I slowly turned around, and to my surprise, there was not an entire soul anywhere to be found around me. I was the only one sitting outside, while all my peers were in the building chatting with one another. The noise also had seemed to disappear. Now all I heard were the crickets, once again talking amongst themselves. Then suddenly, I heard my friends 1952 Chevy driving away, after blowing a couple of horns to take me home. That is when I decided to leave the park, and go home." Don't you dare tell me what I do right and what I do wrong. I know how to run a household! Just get out of here!" said Jim, my stepfather. I heard these common words every time I reached home. Every night Jim would scream his lungs out like that, and I would hear my mom run out of the room crying. She would cry everywhere... in the house, in the lawn outside, here most of her tears shed, and even at work, during the lunch breaks she would get after requesting her boss a million times. She was the one who worked, and earned all the money in my family. All Jim ever did was sit at home and drink like a pig. Mom and Jim would usually fight on one topic, such as who ran the household. Mom felt she did, since she did all the earning, and Jim well, being a man was enough for him to think that he was the leader.The night passed quickly, once again sleepless for me. The sun had just risen and it was time for me to go to the place where I felt a little happy--- college. I usually stayed in college till 11:00 PM, although my classes ended by 2:00 PM. I did not know what to do at home, so I just stayed in college till late hours. Today, unlike all other days, there was something different about the students and professors at Kean University. As I passed through the hallways, I saw people in groups discussing about a topic unknown to me. People would discuss, and look at me as if I was a new student from a different part of the world, and they had never seen me before. Their eyes wandered upon me till I totally disappeared from their sites. As I stood at my locker, Susan, the girl...

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