My Identity Essay

Teijah Waialae

Ms. Chang

English 22


Essay #1

My Personal Identity

For some, transitioning from high school to college may be easy, but for others it may be tough. In my case, the transition was difficult. My name is Teijah Waialae, and I am a freshman here at Leeward Community College. I am currently doing my liberals and still debating whether to become a veterinarian in the near future. I live in Kapolei and graduated from Kapolei High School, but my family is originally from Kane’ohe. My parents graduated from Castle High School but later saw better housing opportunities in Kapolei, so we decided to move to the west side.

Everyone has different identities. For me, I usually identify myself by my last name and my ethnicity. However, the most important part of my identity is my last name. This is most important to me because last names carry on through generation to generation. If you come across someone, and they notice your last name, you want to make sure you carry that name with pride because they’ll compare you to the previous generations before you. This value was passed down in my family because a lot of us are well known by others. When I come across people and they ask for my last name they immediately know someone in the family, therefore you always want to make sure you keep your family’s reputation. Some people look at the physical appearance and not the inside. In high school, this was my case. People saw me as the small shy girl; little did they know I’m the most talkative and goofy person if they got to know me. Nowadays, people are quick to judge by appearance when really if you get to know someone, you’d get a whole different story.

Although I may have some strengths, I’d say that my weaknesses out number my strengths. Some of the weaknesses I have is my vocabulary. For example, sometimes I don’t know what words to use when trying to explain something. I also have trouble finding a better word to use that is similar to the meaning of the original word. One of the strengths that I have is brainstorming. I’d say this is one of my strengths because it’s easy for me to think of ideas and details for my writing.

On my free time, I like to do many different things and activities. Since I’m more of an outdoors person, I like to go to the beach, hike, and hang out with my friends. I also like to eat, go to the movies, and listen to music. Setting personal goals is important. A couple of my personal goals are to get a college degree and to be more involved and active with my religious life. Becoming more involved with my religious side is important to me because my family is strongly involved in church. I’ve been slacking on both of these goals lately, but I’m determined to improve in both of these things.

My goal for this course is to pass this class with a grade of a B or higher. To achieve this goal, I need to make sure I not only do every assignment but get a good grade on it. To do this, I need to pay attention in class so I understand how to do all of the work. Most importantly, I need to turn in my assignments on time. Since the grade drops down every day late, it is crucial that I get it in on time. Achieving my goals are important to me because grades affect my grade point average, and colleges look at that. I would also like to achieve this goal because I didn’t do great last semester, so it would make me feel accomplished and proud of myself if I could achieve this goal.


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My Personal Identity Essay

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