English 101 Essay

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Cheerleading, a World ItselfAs I tried to think of a discourse community to write about, I felt obligated to share the one I have been a part of since I was six, the world of cheerleading. Cheerleading has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember. Throughout the years I have learned words that I use in my every day vocabulary, whereas for non-cheerleaders, it may seem like a foreign language. Reflecting back, I now realize that because of my many years of cheerleading I am a part of a community that has shaped me into who I am today.Starting cheerleading at such a young age, I was oblivious to what I was getting myself into. My first time practicing I was introduced to a variety of people using terminology I didn't know existed. At the time, I wasn't prepared to learn what felt like a "second language". My first experience hearing this so called "cheer slang" was when my instructor explained what we were going to focus on for the remainder of the week. Using common sense, and with no experience in the cheer world, you would assume that a "toe touch" would simply mean bending over and touching your toes. But like anything else in cheerleading, it's not that simple. A toe touch, is a common jump where your arms are in a "T" motion and your legs split to each side, toes pointed with your knees up or pointed back. Apparently I was the only cheerleader who wasn't enlightened with this description, as the rest of the girls jumped up and I bended down.With lots of hard work and dedication, I reached my next step on the pyramid, middle school cheerleading. When it came time to try out for the team, I looked around at the nervous girls whose only admiration was from watching the "Bring it on" movies. From the very first practice it was clear who had previously had experience in cheerleading versus who had never cheered a day in their life, simply from their terminology and knowledge. Because I had years of experience, I was rewarded the confidence that helped me earn my position on the team. I noticed a pattern of mistakes kept coming from the same girls who didn't have former experience. They weren't aware that cheerleading was more than just the tricks they could do, but the understanding and knowledge behind it was equally important. My 6th grade year I was chosen to compete on the high school team when one of the girls hurt her ankle. I had 2 weeks to learn a 2 and a half minute routine that in a normal circumstance, would take a team months to master. It was important for me to know all the terminology when they were trying to teach me in a small amount of time, but because I had the experience, I was able to catch on faster than most. During this experience I learned what a kick full, one man, and an opening sequence was, which ultimately made me even more confident when returning back to my middle school team.In 3 short years, I was on to my next adventure, high school cheerleading. High school...

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