• Home   /  
  • Archive by category "1"

Shaping Identity Essay

Show More

My true identity
“Who am I?”, “What is my identity?” these are the two questions I often ask myself. To me, identity can be defined as who you are or what makes you different from others. I am no different from my classmates. I go to school, eat, play, sleep and do my homework like you all do, yet there is something that makes me different from you. That is my true identity.
The famous poet Alfred Tennyson wrote “I am a part of all that I have met”. This quote helps me define identity because I believe that my identity is a sum of all that I have seen, experienced and learned from my surrounding.
Every single person has a unique identity. Family, culture, friends and surrounding environments are important elements that shape your…show more content…

For example, growing up in a city vs the countryside creates two cultural influences. When I look back, I feel that learning from different cultures have helped me in shaping my true identity.
I believe that my friends have also contributed to my identity. As the saying goes: “birds of a feather flock together”. Friends influence the way you think and act. I have made friends with boys and girls of different cultural and ethnic backgrounds. My friends were very kind and they taught me how to care about others when someone is having a problem or simply having a bad day.
Identity is not always what you show up as to others. A good example is how some people show up in social media these days. You may come across adventurous photos of people on facebook but in actual life they wouldn’t dare stepping out of their house. The guy who poses with a fresh catch from the sea may be afraid of entering waters. So, one has to be careful in making an assessment of the true identity of a person.
I have become the person I am today because of my parents, my teachers, my friends, surroundings and the cultures and believes that have observed. I believe that to develop a good identity, you have to choose well in life. What we decide, how we behave and who is placed around us all matters in shaping your identity. As a great philosopher once said, “Identity is memory”. Only by having a true identity you will be able to leave a lasting impression in the minds of

I'm a teacher and I'm committed to education, but I'd like to make the case that is it not education but educators who form and challenge a person's identity. 

Rarely is one changed in any significant and lasting way by learning something in a vacuum.  Generally it is a teacher or a classroom environment which prompts thought and discussion and encourages internalizing by a student.

Looking back on one's education rarely causes a review of learned...

I'm a teacher and I'm committed to education, but I'd like to make the case that is it not education but educators who form and challenge a person's identity. 

Rarely is one changed in any significant and lasting way by learning something in a vacuum.  Generally it is a teacher or a classroom environment which prompts thought and discussion and encourages internalizing by a student.

Looking back on one's education rarely causes a review of learned material.  Instead, we reflect upon the teachers and classes which challenged us and spurred us on to greater, higher things. 

Admittedly, we have probably all had turning points in our education where we discovered we "love" math or "hate" English or "aren't good at art." That's material, but it's also presenter.  There aren't too many instances where we remember the teacher as being terrible while the subject matter was excellent.  True education is a combination of an effective teacher presenting strong material in a memorable, engaging, and challenging way. 

One thought on “Shaping Identity Essay

Leave a comment

L'indirizzo email non verrà pubblicato. I campi obbligatori sono contrassegnati *