“What defines you” revised essay

Grace Sabatino

English 123

What defines you

What defines you? A simple question that can be answered in so many ways. Identity is the way that you think about yourself and the way that the world thinks about you. Identity in these articles “Toast story” and ”Why Identity is a Lie We Can’t Live Without” i have learned that identity is affected by more than self identity. Your identity can shift or be altered depending on who you are with or what you are doing. Often times, we change how we present ourselves depending on the people that are surrounding us which makes it hard for any one of us to have one single identity that represents us at all times. Being able to define yourself and have a self identity that will not be altered no matter the people you are with or situation you are in, is a very hard thing to come by. It’s hard for people to be comfortable in their own skin so having an identity is rather difficult. It’s important to not let mistakes or hardships be the only thing to define who you are and to always be yourself because your identity is the best thing that you have that represents you.

Carrelli in the Toast story landed a job at a coffee shop called Farley’s that “she managed to keep for three years. And she began assiduously cultivating a network of friends she could count on for help when she knew she was in trouble- a word she uses frequently to refer to her psychotic episodes- while being careful not to over tax any individuals generosity.” The word trouble to her is something that she is able to identify her manic episodes and this is where her shop name came from. She uses this word to identify a part of her. She counted on these friends to help her through all her troubles with her disorder and she was able to use her experience at farley’s to better her knowledge to start her own business. One thing that I found in the article was that different things appear differently to others and everyone has their own identity and then there is an identity that others see you as. In the article with carrelli she is seen as someone that has this powerful and strong business that is flourishing but really she is someone that struggles everyday with a disorder that can distract her from who she really is but she doesn’t let that change her day to day routines. She uses her power of her identity to help others.

One of the things the article ”Why Identity is a Lie We Can’t Live Without” that really stuck out to me was when Kwame said “The key thing I think is to make sure that the teams are held together by more than just hatred and contempt for the other team. There’s always going to be an element of that, but if you lead with the hatred and contempt, as Donald Trump often does, then you’re leading irresponsibly.” I feel that this statement is very spot on about our society today. There has been a lot of hate in the media, different political groups and throughout the entire population. The people that have these different movements I feel speak from being hurt and hatred and instead making a change they have so much anger. Some of these group can make a change and they do but their intentions of doing so isn’t always good. I have been in a situation were I was so angered about an incident that happened that I used that anger to drive me to make a change and the thing that was good about it was I did make a change but I wanted to make that change out of anger and that is leading irresponsibly. Another idea in the conversation was what is identity and this is what we have been talking about in class. Kwame claims that “The short answer is that identities are labels that we use to group each other. When you take one seriously, when you identify with a label, then you think of it as giving you reasons to do things and not to do things.” He constantly references that identities have to with grouping  and these identities can either didive or bring people together . An identity is something that should make you unique, not comparable to others. An identity shows who you really are and not just what you do. He also talks about at the same time how “We’re pretty good at recognizing that there are features of our identities that are salient and help us divide ourselves. That’s one of the reasons why they’re important and even helpful. So you’re a journalist, that’s your professional identity, and it’s crucially important when, say, a cop wants to know who you’re talking to and how you got your information. Your identity as a journalist will be activated in that moment and as a result you’ll want to protect your sources of information.” He is claiming that our identities are important and they divide us from one another but somethings that we identify us are not so important until a certain time in your life. Identities can be shown in certain moments and you want to show who you are.

Identity reflect who you are as a human being and show others who you are but what you feel may not be the same as what they see you as. Identities are used to divide and bring together individuals. We are placed into categories based on how we present ourselves depending on the people that are surrounding us which makes it hard for any one of us to have one single identity that represents us at all times. Anyone should have control of your own identity because an identity is what makes someone unique and there own individual. Just like Carrelli and Kwame described for people to know who you are you need to be indentifiable and reflect who you are.

 

 

 

Work Cited

 

https://www.vox.com/identities/2018/11/1/17980384/identity-politics-kwame-anthony-appiah

 

https://psmag.com/social-justice/toast-story-latest-artisanal-food-craze-72676

 

Essay english 123

What defines you? A simple question that can be answered in so many ways. Identity is the way that you think about yourself and the way that the world thinks about you. Your identity can shift or be altered depending on who you are with or what you are doing. Often times, we change how we present ourselves depending on the people that are surrounding us which makes it hard for any one of us to have one single identity that represents us at all times. Being able to define yourself and have a self identity that will not be altered no matter the people you are with or situation you are in, is a very hard thing to come by. Its hard for people to be comfortable in their own skin so having an identity is rather difficult. Its important to not let mistakes or hardships be the only thing to define who you are and to always be yourself because your identity is the best thing that you have that represents you.  

 

Carrelli landed a job at a coffee shop called farley’s that she managed to keep for three years. And she began assiduously cultivating a network of friends she could count on for help when she knew she was in trouble- a word she uses frequently to refer to her psychotic episodes- while being careful not to over tax any individuals generosity.”

The word trouble to her is something that she is able to identify her manic episodes and this is where her shop name came from. She uses this word to identify a part of her. She counted on these friends to help her through all her troubles with her disorder and she was able to use her experience at farley’s to better her knowledge to start her own business. One thing that I found in the article was that different things appear differently to others and everyone has their own identity and then there is an identity that others see you as. In the article with carrelli she is seen as someone that has this powerful and strong business that is flourishing but really she is someone that struggles everyday with a disorder that can distract her from who she really is but she doesn’t let that change her day to day routines.

One of the things in this article that really stuck out to me was when Kwame said ““The key thing I think is to make sure that the teams are held together by more than just hatred and contempt for the other team. There’s always going to be an element of that, but if you lead with the hatred and contempt, as Donald Trump often does, then you’re leading irresponsibly.” I feel that this statement is very spot on about our society today  there has been a lot of hate in the media, different political groups and throughout the entire population. The people that have these different movements I feel speak from being hurt and hatred and instead making a change they have so much anger. Some Of these group can make a change and they do but their intentions of doing so isn’t always good. I have been in a situation were I was so angered about an incident that happened that I used that anger to drive me to make a change and the thing that was good about it was I did make a change but I wanted to make that change out of anger and that is leading irresponsibly. Another idea in the conversation was what is identity and this is what we have been talking about in class. Kwame claims that ““The short answer is that identities are labels that we use to group each other. When you take one seriously, when you identify with a label, then you think of it as giving you reasons to do things and not to do things.”  He constantly references that identities have to with grouping  and these identities can either didive or bring people together . An identity is something that should make you unique, not comparable to others. An identity shows who you really are and not  just what you do. He also talks about at the same time how “We’re pretty good at recognizing that there are features of our identities that are salient and help us divide ourselves. That’s one of the reasons why they’re important and even helpful. So you’re a journalist, that’s your professional identity, and it’s crucially important when, say, a cop wants to know who you’re talking to and how you got your information. Your identity as a journalist will be activated in that moment and as a result you’ll want to protect your sources of information.” He is claiming that our identities are important and they divide us from one another but somethings that we identify us are not so important until a certain time in your life. Identities can be shown in  certain moments and you want to show who you are.

Essay 2 Prewriting Activity

 

One of the things in this article that really stuck out to me was when Kwame said ““The key thing I think is to make sure that the teams are held together by more than just hatred and contempt for the other team. There’s always going to be an element of that, but if you lead with the hatred and contempt, as Donald Trump often does, then you’re leading irresponsibly.” I feel that this statement is very spot on about our society today  there has been a lot of hate in the media, different political groups and throughout the entire population. The people that have these different movements I feel speak from being hurt and hatred and instead making a change they have so much anger. Some Of these group can make a change and they do but their intentions of doing so isn’t always good. I have been in a situation were I was so angered about an incident that happened that I used that anger to drive me to make a change and the thing that was good about it was I did make a change but I wanted to make that change out of anger and that is leading irresponsibly. Another idea in the conversation was what is identity and this is what we have been talking about in class. Kwame claims that ““The short answer is that identities are labels that we use to group each other. When you take one seriously, when you identify with a label, then you think of it as giving you reasons to do things and not to do things.”  He constantly references that identities have to with grouping  and these identities can either divide or bring people together . An identity is something that should make you unique, not comparable to others. An identity shows who you really are and not  just what you do. He also talks about at the same time how “We’re pretty good at recognizing that there are features of our identities that are salient and help us divide ourselves. That’s one of the reasons why they’re important and even helpful. So you’re a journalist, that’s your professional identity, and it’s crucially important when, say, a cop wants to know who you’re talking to and how you got your information. Your identity as a journalist will be activated in that moment and as a result you’ll want to protect your sources of information.” He is claiming that our identities are important and they divide us from one another but somethings that we identify us are not so important until a certain time in your life. Identities can be shown in  certain moments and you want to show who you are.

Somethings that I wondered while reading was shouldn’t all parts of your identity matter because  it is who you are but once i finished the entire article it made sense how each quality of yourself is important for certain moments but not all at once. I also wondered why using  hate is a bad way of inspiring yourself to make a change but I realized Kwame wanted to say how using hatred towards another group to inspire is the wrong way to do it. You want to make a change based on your own beliefs and what your really fighting for. I believe that making a change is great  especially when your involved for the right reason and now we need change more then ever with everything happening in the world. We need to be unique and to show who we are in order to make that change.

ESSAY 1 FREEWRITE HOMEWORK

During your freewriting time, describe and speculate about at least three concepts, examples, or insights from the article that you think will be important to you as you try to construct your answers.

 

 

  • Identity is just more than your name and what your driver’s license says. Identity is something that defines you and there are many factors such as:
  • Personality
  • What you put out into the world
  • How you spend your time during your life
  • How you live your life
  • Where you live

 

 

 

  • If you don’t like the way your identity define you, you have the ability to change it and rearrange your life the way you want it.

 

 

 

  • One thing that I found in the article was that different things appear differently to others and everyone has their own identity and then there is an identity that others see you as. In the article with carrelli she is seen as someone that has this powerful and strong business that is flourishing but really she is someone that struggles everyday with a disorder that can distract her from who she really is but she doesn’t let that change her day to day routines.

 

 

Explain what questions might arise from thinking about your material and try to answer them. Write about a particularly interesting, surprising, useful, or hard-to-understand quote. Make connections between the concepts and examples you’re working with and try to explain what those connections teach you about identity. Connect the concepts and examples from the reading to examples drawn from your own experiences or those you know or from something you’ve read elsewhere and try to articulate what you learn about identity as a result. While this writing doesn’t need to be well-formed, clean or pretty, it does need to demonstrate your best efforts to make sense of the materials you have to think with.

 

  1. One question I had was one thing was talked about is getting there shops identifiable but how do they do that?
  • After reading more I was able to conclude that the ways they become identifiable is through any kind of media. Social media is a huge aspect in this generation and it is used for everything.
  1. Another thing that I found interesting and almost puzzling was when carrelli said that she had this disorder but was never tested for it why didn’t she go sooner if she knew or why wait until it got to the point of her having to hospitalized. She is better now with treatments and day to day regiments but why didn’t she start that sooner.
  2. In this article I really liked how carrelli didn’t let her disorder define who she was and she taking her personal experience and trying to better others life. She wants to open up a halfway house for the people of San Francisco.

My Name Grace

Grace Sabatino

ENG 123

 

On April 17th 2000 marathon monday at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston my parents were handed god’s loving gift of Grace Catherine Sabatino. My parents wanted to name me Grace because it meant God’s gift and after my auntie cathy had past away they wanted to make my name meaningful. This is were they decided to name me Grace Catherine which means Gods gift of pureness. My name means stability, loving family or community, and a need to work with others and to be appreciated. When I was reading all these stories about my name I realized that most of what they talked about being very good at understanding and analyzing situations is what I am all about. For me I am very good at problem solving and I am a kind of person that my friends feel comfortable coming to for advice on anything they are having troubles with.

As a kid I grew up thinking my name was strange and I don’t completely understand what it meant and why I had it but I learned that my parents were going to name me Catherine after my Auntie Cathy had passed away but they wanted a name also that was original to them so that is were Grace Catherine came to mind. I feel blessed to have a name with such a beautiful meaning because I do have a strong faith and my name is all about faith. Grace means God moving heaven and earth to save sinners who could not save themselves. Grace means God sending his only Son to descend into hell on the cross so that our sins were forgiven by God and received into heaven. Grace also means forgiveness and I am a very forgiving person. One thing that I learned from my family is to always be forgiving and to move past anything that bothered me and to always be strong and to stand up for myself and finding that is what my name intels is crazy to me. I can now feel the connect with what has happened in my life and my name and how everything has played out. I feel that my name defines who I am perfectly and show what’s I am all about. After reading all these stories about what my name is I have a deeper appreciation towards being given this name because it uniquely makes up who I am as an individual.