Identity is an individual’s comprehension of him or herself. This course has helped me discover my sense of identity. In addition, it has changed me in subtle ways. Honestly, I am a very stubborn person. It is relatively hard to change my beliefs about something. Therefore, this course was a stepping-stone in the right direction. I have changed and developed my sense of identity in three different areas. The first area I have enhanced is my personal identity. To my knowledge, personal identity deals with questions about oneself. I hope I’m not being too vague. It is obvious that everyone has questions they ask about themselves. However, personal identity is hard to understand for most. I researched personal identity and found that it asks questions about the basic principles of life. The second area I have better understanding in is my academic identity. I made great improvement in my studies throughout the semester. Finally, I have reached a greater knowledge of what cultural identity is and how I relate to others based on my sense of self. Culture is a patchwork of customs, languages, values, and world views that define social groups.
I’m going to start off by speaking about my personal identity. Shortly after arriving to Northern Illinois University I began to build up my personal identity. For the first time I came to realize who I was as a person and why I have been placed here at this university. To be honest, I can’t point out something in particular that helped develop my personal identity. There are many different causes for the way I am. For example, there is personal identity tied into my writing assignments from the past semester. I have always been doubted in my overall abilities. My low self-esteem can be attributed to upbringing. I was always rewarded even when I didn’t accomplish my goals. Once I reached middle school things were much different. In eighth grade I started wrestling. I mentioned this in my personal narrative. People had doubts...
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