Looking back, I can see what a long roller coaster ride I went on before realizing how fun reading could be. At my private school in Ghana we would only get assigned books from the teachers which were clearly chosen to make us hate reading because they were so uninteresting. That being said, I never really thought much about reading until I came to the United States. Coming here and being exposed to the wide variety of books in the library was like being at the candy store. It really showed me there was more to reading than the boring books my teachers gave. Moving from a different country did prove to be a challenge when I realized the literary skills thought in Ghana were completely different from that of the U.
No one in my family was an avid reader in their youth, in the same way that no one in my family was the type to make perfect grades in all their classes. But I was the one to break this stereotype formed by my family. Although I have certainly grown from being that young girl and have found my outlet in. My earliest memory in life is being read aloud to by my parents as a baby. There I was, being rocked in a rocking chair by my mother, in one of the oldest homes in Columbia City. On the corner of Walnut Street, it was home to the young Parker family of three, one dog, many bats, and dust.
I learned about relating books to life that was happening around me. The experiences that happened in AP English not only broadened my horizon when it came to literacy but it also helped me develop my own character. I went soul searching to find out what I really did like about english. Seuss once stated that the more that you read, the more things you will know. The ability to read and to write, can be powerful in hard times, giving us a chance to experience a life of imagination.
Books were much excessive and the concept of the books became more complex. Reading more advanced books I would read out loud in class and my teachers would idolize me for that. This explains that Rodriquez faced his fear in reading and became more advanced and now teachers admired him and basically bragged about it. When I got older, my views on reading and writing began to evolve. Although my relationship with reading was shaky throughout the years, my love for it never changed.