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My name is Dominick. What’s important to know about me is that I’m a shy person, I can get nervous, I respect my elders, and I like to play basketball. My mom and my dad are from Mexico and they were both raised in Acatlan of Puebla. I was born in Brooklyn and I lived in Park Slope, moved to Sunset, now I live around Coney Island. The schools I have been to are P.S.10, M.S.51 now I’m in Park Slope Collegiate. Something important that happened to me was realizing that you can never trust people to live up to your expectations like my cousin. I always looked up to him but then he did something that made me think if I wanted to be like him.

I don’t know what I like to do in school, but what I do like is the teachers that I have class with they’re great, awesome, and cool. I like to play basketball and soccer. I’m learning how to play guitar and I hope I get good at it. I like to go to the park and just enjoy the view of everything, I like to play basketball, and mostly soccer. What I’m good at is listening to people and being there for them. I didn’t get good at it. I just like being there for people. My greatest struggle in life is growing up and leaving behind my childhood and learning new things that I didn’t know.

The most precious thing is my whole family and my grandparents but they passed away. I didn’t get to know them at all but I heard great things about them. The people who I’m lucky to have in my life are my parents because without them I would have never been here, and they always push me to study and work hard so I could be someone in this life.

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October 19, 2021 5:23 pm

Dear Dominick, I am touched by your post “Learning to Find My Own Way,” because you put yourself out there and describe different aspects of your life as well as things you enjoy doing. You are honest and admit you don’t quite know what you want in life. but are sure trying to figure it out day by day.
One sentence you wrote that stands out to me is, “The people who I’m lucky to have in my life are my parents because without them I would have never been here, and they always push me to study and work hard so I could be someone in this life.” This stands out to me, because my parents are the same way. I do not remember a time when they didn’t support me or my decisions, they have always been there for me cheering me on.
Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next, because you are honest and true to who you are. You also seem very excited to see where life is going to take you next.
-Natalie

October 19, 2021 3:13 pm

Hello Dominick,
I really enjoyed the background context of your current situation as it helped me see the world through your eyes. The one thing I would say, only if you feel comfortable with it of course, is to go more in depth about what your cousin did that made you question why you didn’t want to be like him anymore (if my interpretation was correct of course). The part about your cousin is a bit random in the first paragraph, and I would suggest placing that sentence in paragraph 2.
Thank you!

October 19, 2021 2:11 pm

Hi Dominick,
I really enjoyed reading about you and the things you are most passionate about. Your idea of how family is so crucial to you and pushes you to do better is very aspirational. However, I do wish that you elaborated a bit more on your thoughts so readers can get a clearer idea of what your family has done for you.

October 18, 2021 1:15 am

Dear Dominick,

I am impressed by your post Learning to find my own way because I can relate to it in many ways. We share lots of similarities.

One sentence that stands out to me is that you mentioned how something happened to you that made you realize you can never trust someone to live up to your expectations. It stood out to me because I would also look up to my own family who let me down as well. This is difficult because we often want a role model who will bring positive impacts to our lives.

Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because I am interested in learning more about your experiences.

Destiny Renteria

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