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My Life in Short

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BC: Every man dies. Not every man really lives. William Wallace

FC: My Life in Short

1: Table of Contents | Dedication..........................2 Setting...............................4 Flat/Static Character.............6 Internal Conflict...................8 External Conflict.................10 Theme..............................12 Symbolism.........................14

2: Dedication | This book is dedicated to all my friends and family who have helped and supported me over the years.

4: Setting | The setting is the main time and place of a story, event, or in this case a person's life. | My entire life, I have loved going to the beach. I love the warm weather, the sand, the ocean; so when my family visited St. Croix in the Caribbean over Thanksgiving, I knew this was the kind of place I wanted to live. We stayed in a resort right on the beach; it had spectacular views and large, pink, tropical buildings. We went snorkeling many times; the water was so clear you didn’t even need goggles in certain areas. The weather was perfect; it was 70 and 80 degrees every day and the beaches were full of exciting activities to partake in. The wildlife was in abundance; we saw giant iguanas and thousands of fish. My most memorable adventure there was when my mom and I went scuba diving. It was an amazing experience being able to explore a whole different underwater world. However, most of my days were spent laying on the beach drinking a Pina Colada (virgin of course) and I was more then content with that. I truly believe I was living in paradise that week, and St. Croix will always be my favorite place.

5: “Our memories of the ocean will linger on, long after our footprints in the sand are gone.” --Anonymous

6: One person who has never changed in my life is my mom. Ever since I can remember, my mom has been there for me. She has helped and supported me through all of my different excursions and activities throughout my life. For example, she was unsure that I should pursue this intense indoor field hockey club, but she supported my decision to participate in it and paid for me to do it. I ended up loving it, and I’m so thankful that she supported me in the way she did. She has also taken care of me every time I have been sick without fail. I can come home from a rough day at school and know I will be greeted with love and kindness from my mom. All in all, I know my mom will always be there for me and I can always count on her in a time of need because she is a static character in my life. | Flat/Static Character | All I am I owe to my mother. - George Washington | A flat character is a simplified character whose personality or decisions stay constant throughout a narrative (or in my case, my life). A flat character is consistent.

8: Internal Conflict | The biggest conflict I have ever had to deal with in my lifetime is having to move. When I was 12 (just before the start of 7th grade) I had to move from Georgia to Pennsylvania. It was a very hard change to overcome, and before, during, and after the move, I shed many tears. The biggest thing I had to struggle with was leaving all of my friends behind. I had to leave the girls I had been best friends with since Kindergarten and that was extremely difficult to do. I, of course, still miss them and think about them every day. Another struggle I had to overcome with moving was leaving my family. My grandparents, my aunt, uncle, and new baby cousin still live in Georgia and I had gotten used to visiting with them often. Along with leaving behind loved ones, I also left behind a great place to live and an amazing church. However, with all my tears and sadness that came with moving, I don't regret it at all. I have found amazing friends, people, and places in Camp Hill and I'm glad I was able to know them. Moving was a really difficult time in my life, and was definitely my most distinct internal conflict. | Internal Conflict is a mental or emotional conflict that occurs with a character.

10: External Conflict | If I had to choose one person I fight with the most, it would most likely be my younger brother, Harrison. Harrison is eight years old and in the third grade. From the time he could talk, we've been getting into constant arguments. For example, when I was a little girl, not even in Kindergarten, I had this toy firetruck that I absolutely loved. I could play with this firetruck for hours on end. Well of course I eventually grew out of playing with it, and when my brother was old enough I gave it to him to play with. He enjoyed it for a few months, but when I asked him about it a year or two later, I found out he had completely taken it apart to figure out how it worked. By that time I was in the third or fourth grade and I liked to hold on to memories. When I figured out he had completely disassembled this precious memory from my childhood, I was furious. We obviously worked it out and as I look back on the experience I realize how ridiculous I acted. However, there were (of course)many more arguments to come. But throughout all the arguments and fights, I still love my little brother. Despite all our disagreements, he is definitely a huge part of my life.

11: External Conflict is the struggle between a character and an outside force (another person or society).

12: Theme | The theme is the central message or idea that unifies and controls a story. My daily theme in life is that if you work hard, you will reach your goals. This theme has helped me and led me all through life and gotten me to where I am today. For example, when I started playing field hockey in 7th grade, I wasn't a very good player. I improved throughout the season, but I still wasn't considered a talented player. However, I loved the sport and was determined to excel at it. I participated in field hockey camps over the summer, and by fall of 2011, I was one of the best players. After the school season was over, I continued to pursue field hockey. I signed up for the P.A. Mavericks indoor field hockey league and am continuing to improve my skills. By working hard and never giving up, I was able to achieve this goal. Another way my theme has helped me in my life was with my schoolwork. I have always been a good student and am proud to say I have never received a B on my report card. However, my good grades don’t come easily. I try to contribute 110% on any given project and work hard to study for all my tests. By working hard, I have reached my goals and I will continue to live by this theme for the rest of my life.

14: Symbolism | I think music in itself is healing. It's an explosive expression of humanity. It's something we are all touched by. No matter what culture we're from, everyone loves music. Billy Joel | It was hard for me to come up with one symbol that expresses who I am, but when I thought about it, I realized my symbol was music. I have been playing the piano for over three years now and it has become a big part of my life. I have gotten to the point where I am able to play George Winston and Beethoven pieces. I used my theme (work hard to reach your goals) to get to where I am. Music is my symbol because it is like the completing factor in my life. I play hockey, I do well in school, I do community service; all that's left to complete my schedule is music. For me, playing the piano is like an outlet when I'm feeling stressed or overwhelmed. Sure, it's a considerable amount of work, but it really takes my mind off of my daily duties and obligations. Not only my own music, but others' music is a part of my life. I love listening to music on the radio or on my iPod. One of my favorite activities is to take music that I know from the radio and try to learn to play it on the piano. In conclusion, music has played a big part in my life and that's why I chose it as my symbol. | Symbolism is a frequent use of words, places, characters, or in my case, objects that mean more than in a literal sense.

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