Reflection About Identity

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Personal Analysis Essay 2 Midterm Portfolio

I don’t believe that any singular person can fully describe their identity to encompass both past and future. Identity only exists in the now. How our background influences our responses to external stimuli constantly changes as new experiences shape past memories. That being said, it may seem that we inherently define our own paths. However, our paths are influenced by a myriad of factors including family, culture, relationships, or circumstance. As a first-generation Pakistani-American and a child to immigrants, I cannot say I am entirely my own. How I live my life has been influenced by a combination of American culture and familial heritage. Sometimes, those two sides of myself come into conflict – for instance when I choose to stay late at a friend’s house to watch Sunday night football instead of coming home to eat a traditional dinner with my parents. I believe, though, that although it may seem that American culture dominates my identity, my family’s history of immigration and struggle also greatly defines me. The cultural balancing act is reflected in a collection of artifacts: my Dad’s immigration story, sports and the films Slumdog Millionaire and Moneyball. In this way, I have lived out Emerson’s assertion that “All minds quote. Old and new make the warp and woof of every moment. There is no thread that is not a twist of these two strands” in my own life (94). When I think about my own future ambitions, the first

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