How My Family Changed Me Enc 1101 Freshman Composition And Rhetoric Personal Essay

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It is a common stereotype to assume that the youngest child in a family not only gets the most benefits, but also gets away with the most damage. At a very young age, I did not experience this with my parents. My relationship with my parents often seemed very formal, as I struggled to talk to them about things I struggled with or made mistakes. It seemed as though all we ever talked about was grades, volleyball, and college. I felt a lot of pressure to only bring back good news on all three subjects, and felt as if it as the only ways they would be proud of me. I grew up with three older sisters that were each no more than a year apart. In between me and my third sister was a three years difference, leaving a pretty large gap in between my sisters and I growing up. This caused growing up to be a quicker process than most people’s usually is. I often felt that I was put to the same standards as my sisters were, even though they were three to five years older than me. Having sent three teenage girls through high school and college, it seemed my parents knew what they wanted me to do and how they wanted me to do it. Being the last of four children, it is almost as if my parents had everything planned out for me. I did not know how I felt about this, and I often struggled getting in a word about what I wanted to do with my life.
As I struggled to discuss anything but my grades, volleyball, and college with my parents, I did not ever see our relationship as a strong one when it came to honesty and expressing how I felt. I felt as though nothing was important enough to share unless it had to do with a good grade on my report card, getting on the highest team in my club for volleyball, or receiving an acceptance letter from a college. When it came to us talking about anything else, it always seemed as though the subject was being spoken in a foreign language. We could never understand each other, and it was often difficult for us to agree. So, I never bothered to bring up anything I struggled with or made a mistake on.

At a young age, I felt as though I did not have much room for mistake. I was told what to do and what not to do based on what my sisters learned throughout their adolescence. My parents saw these “warnings” or “advice” as a reason for me not to mess up. It often times made it difficult for me to come to my parents about things I struggled with. This same pressure was put on me when I played volleyball. All my sisters played volleyball, but none of them ended up playing at the collegiate level. All my sisters said they regretted not putting more time and effort into taking that next step. My parents put me through recruitment, even though I was on edge about playing in college, because they thought I would regret not trying like my sisters did. I loved the sport I played and the joy that it brought my parents to watch me succeed in something, but I know I did not have the passion for the game to play in college. It was hard for...

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