In Class Writing – Costa Aguirre
All throughout my life, I have felt “tokenized” because of my physical/external appearance. Every time I meet someone new, I feel as if they are judging me because of the amount of natural energy I have. When I meet someone for the first time, I always feel like they are looking at me in a strange way, for they cannot tell what kind of a person I am. They tend to think that it I am just some small kid with too much energy talking to them. For a very long time this annoyed me, but I have ultimately grown to love it, for that person always winds up being a friend or acquaintance of mine.
As a male, being small can sometimes be hard. Everything you do is taken a little less seriously, and is perceived as a little more funny, and at times annoying. People always think that I am solely a crazy person; but once they get to know me, they figure out that there is much more to me than what meets the eye. I pride myself in being loyal to my friends and doing things for the betterment of other people. I also try to have intellectual conversations with people, and I am always engaged in what other people are saying. In the past, I used to judge people just as I was judged, but as time went on, I grew to realize that that is not a healthy way to live, and I try to give everyone a fair shake and not judge them when I initially meet them.
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My story is about my transition from elementary school to middle school. I grew up in Silverlake, which is a relatively small town in Los Angeles. I had been living there for my entire life, and I knew nothing outside of this town. I attended preschool to fifth grade in Silverlake, but my mom wanted me to be around people with different perspectives, so she sent me to a middle school in Pasadena called Mayfield Junior School. The school that I attended in Silverlake was very liberal and laid-back, while Mayfield, the school that I would soon attend, was very strict, religious, and conservative.
This was a very hard transition for me, because I saw things differently than a lot of these people. The teachers were a lot more strict, there was a dress code, and the students were a lot more preppy. For a long time, I felt like an outsider because I could not relate to anyone in any way. I dressed different, listened to different music, and had different views on life. Although this initially bothered me and made me feel bad about myself, I got to know these people better, and got a better understanding of who they were. Everyone has a story, and there is a reason why people behave the way that they do. I learned to accept and embrace the differences we had, and eventually became friends with all these people. Still to this day, some of my closest friends are the friends that I made in middle school. The moral of my audio essay is to not judge other people, accept people’s differences, and be comfortable with who you are.
In his essay, “12:32pm”, Nathan Centeno discusses the article “Black and Blue” by Garnette Cadogan in a very fluent and descriptive manner. First, he describes the environment in which Cadogan grew up, which was Kingston, Jamaica. He then summarizes the contrast between Jamaica and the United States, and how the U.S. has a large problem with social profiling. He talks about how Cadogan also felt more comfortable in his skin tone, whereas in the U.S. he always felt like he was being judged for being a certain way. After all of this, he then describes how he felt about the article. This gave a more personal feel to the summary, for I got to read about his opinion on the matter. Overall, Nathan wrote a very good response to Cadogan’s writing.
My name is Costa Aguirre. Costa is a Greek, Portuguese, Italian, Catalan, and Ancient Roman name, but also is Spanish, meaning “the coast”. It can also be spelled “Kosta”. It is a masculine name. Costa also means “riverbank”, “slope”, and “coast” in Portuguese, Italian, and Catalan. It is originally derived from Latin meaning “side” or “edge”. My last name is Aguirre, which is the Spanish form of Basque Agire. My mom gave me this name because she always thought that it was very interesting, and reminded her of someone who would spend a lot of time at the beach. I used to be very embarrassed by my name because it was a name that not a lot of other people have, and I felt like an outsider. People always mispronounce my name and I have to correct them every time. This still happens to this day. I have never changed or adopted a new name, but some of my closest friends call me “westcosta”. I have grown to love my name over time.
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