Personal Narrative: My Journey To Literacy

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My achievement of becoming literate in both English and Spanish, after overcoming a myriad of obstacles distinguishes my literacy history. Writing was one of the things I didn’t like to do as a child. I always thought writing was a waste of time and that I wasn’t going to need it in life. Even though I didn’t invest much time writing, I was one of the best writers in all my classes, probably because I was very dedicated in the other subjects and I loved reading adventure books. I learned how to read and write by the age of four, since in my native country “the Dominican Republic”, kids are enrolled in school at the age of three; usually parents start their child’s education at home before that age.
I consider myself a very dedicated person, because even though I didn’t like writing, I did well at it by fighting against whatever was stopping me from liking it. As time passed I conceived that reading and writing is a combination of important tools that are essential for life, something that everyone needs to be successful. Once I realized how important reading and writing was, I started to feel a passion for writing poems, songs and stories.
At first, it wasn’t easy to write and appreciate my writing, because I used to compare my writing to professional writing, and the first thing that came to my mind was that my writing was horrible. Later on I started to view writing in a different perspective. This was when I realized that not everyone writes about the same thing, and that every writer has their own ideas and way of writing.
Finally after many years of practice I was able to write anything without problems; teachers used to congratulate me for my enormous improvements but always tried to persuade me to write in a certain way that limited my writing. In the year 2005 I moved to the United States. I felt hopeless because I was illiterate once again but this time I didn’t even speak English nor understand what was going on around me.
Again I was struggling not to let myself down and to learn the concepts of the new country. At first everything was hard; I had a lot of difficulties on all my classes due to the lack of reading and understanding the language. I remember when my 7th grade English teacher handed me the book “A Child Called It” by Dave Pelzer; I was stuck in the first page “I’d never realized so many words existed!”(Malcolm X 432).I kept solving my problems by myself, using the dictionary, searching words on the internet, and comparing...

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