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Name: CameronL
Joined: Nov 22, 2015
Last Post: Jan 11, 2016
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CamReLind   
Jan 11, 2016
Undergraduate / "Gold, Garnet and Gray" - sharing my story for college application [3]

Topic:
Share your story with us. Tell us how you came to be the person you are today, and about your passions and future expectations. Describe how you will benefit from our community and how our community will benefit from you.

Gold, Garnet and Gray
Ever since I was young, I have always been what I consider to be a color enthusiast. I enjoy looking at the different colors and shades of my environment and as I grow older, I find myself using colors as a way to better understand and define who I am, and the world around me. A specific color that comes to mind when coming to this understanding of self, and the world around me usually ends up being gray. Gray blends these completely opposite colors and makes it into its own.

As a person, I am neither black nor white. Many aspects of me are made up of many dualities, sometimes contradictory, that manage to mix and create whom I am. As a first generation Jamaican-American (Big up Jamrock), there are aspects of myself that derives from the Jamaican side of me, such as the music that I listen too and the foods that I enjoy. At the same, being born and raised in America has left a huge impression on the way I think, which tends to be less traditional.

There are many phenomena in my life that define me because I fall short of what is considered the normal. The fact that it is more difficult to label me in an exact category is a huge defining factor of me. Being Jamaican-American, I'm not quite considered completely American or completely Jamaican. My grandmother has yet to let me forget that I'm just a,"Yankee Pickney." My Jamaican background also creates a completely different black experience, than those who are born into a completely Black-American family. I live in Miami, which is known to have a large Latin population. In turn, I have been immersed in Latin-American culture. I like to say am a minority of minorities. I find myself being the only Black person in most of my classes. Even though sometimes being different can be hard, I think I provide a new perspective in these classes.

I believe I have just as much to offer Florida State, as it does to me. FSU is known to be a school to promote diversity and celebrates differences of people. Joining FSU would be the perfect opportunity to share my unique perspective of the world, and to learn the unique perspectives of others who are in that gray zone.

Please give any advice. Should i add more? Should it be more personal? thank you
CamReLind   
Dec 13, 2015
Speeches / Speech Competition Introduction Only - fitting into the theme [3]

I really enjoyed the ending of your intro!

I am still not completely sure of what your speech is about.

Your Ideas seem to be a bit mixed up, try to think of what you are trying to say before listing examples. You want to be as clear as possible as to what you are trying to explain to people. I struggle with this too whenever I write. It is almost like you want people to understand something the way YOU understood it, however, is difficult to understand what you are trying to say without you outright saying what you mean. :)

"you either die a hero, or live long enough to see yourself become the villain"
Be careful of what quotes you try to incorporate!!! Do a bit more research on the meaning of this quote, it has more to do with a person;s perception of something being good or bad, than ambition.
CamReLind   
Nov 22, 2015
Book Reports / Conrad's Heart of Darkness is a novel about the Dominican Republic and not on a boy/man seekin love. [5]

Prompt: Oscar's last words in his last letter-"The beauty! The beauty!" (335)-directly parallel the final words of Kurtz in Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness: "The horror! The horror!" Using the lens of Post-Colonialism, explain how the novel is less a story about a boy/man seeking love than a novel about the Dominican Republic and its contemporary diaspora, just as Conrad's novel emerges as a post-colonial rendering of Africa and the effects of Belgian rule.

My Intro
Post-colonialist writing creates a more subjective view of history by providing a new perspective on colonialism and its effects though the eyes of diasporic communities, a viewpoint that has been unheard of until recently. The European morals and values are blended with indigenous traditions, creating a new and unique manifestation of post-colonial cultures. Diaz's The Brief Wondrous life of Oscar Wao and Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness explores the effects of European influence through those who fall victim to diaspora.

I am not sure if I am completely answering the prompt fully, and I want to know if there is anything i can do to make it sound more interesting. Thank you.