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BC: The End.

FC: My Life. | Maria De Valk

1: Table of Contents | Symbols- Pages 2 & 3 Values- Page 4 Norms- Page 5 Material Culture- Pages 6 & 7 Extras- Pages 8 & 9

3: Cancer Awareness- This symbolizes my life in that every single one of my grandparents have had cancer at least once in their lives and it has greatly impacted my life. After watching them fight, my family and I have made an effort to donate to cancer research in order to help future generations. Lastly, the likelihood of cancer in my family has effected my life in that i strive to make healthy decisions for my body. | Chinese Symbol of Hard Work- The symbol for hard work is a symbol that represents my life because ever since I was young my parents have showed my the importance in working hard and assuring me that nothing in my life will be handed to me. The idea of working hard has shaped who I am today. | Marquette Logo- The Marquette logo is a symbol of my life because I am going to Marquette for college next year. Being accepted to such a wonderful college has made a huge impact on my life because it has shown me that hard work pays off. Lastly, this logo symbolizes me because Marquette is the gateway to my future and my career aspirations. | Special Olympics Logo- The Special Olympics logo is a symbol of my life in that I have learned so many life lessons through volunteering I do for them. Also, the mentoring that I do with special needs students at our high school has really gave me a new outlook on each day and helped me realize how valuable each day is. The students I mentor have helped shape who I am today.

4: Family First: One of the core values that has always been instilled in my life is to put family first. I learned early on that no matter what, your family will always be there for you. Having this value in my life has helped my become closer to my immediate family, as well as my extended. Because I have had a close knit family, it has been much easier to get through the tough times we are put through. By creating a sense of unity amongst my family I have been able to grow as a person. | Give Back and Donate: Another core value in my life is to give back to the community and those less fortunate. I've learned that the best way to show my appreciation for everything I have is to "pay it forward". It has always been important to me to help out others who need money and aid more than I do and that is why i chose this picture. These first graders are amongst the poorest in Wisconsin and yet they go to school everyday smiling because they are able to go to school. By helping out around their school I have been able to not only help them but also grow as a person.

5: Family Dinner: A norm that is apart of my life is having a family dinner every night. In my family, we try our hardest to sit down together at least once a day to catch up on each others life's. Having this norm in my life has really helped me become closer to my family and learn more about them. Family dinner is something that I would like to keep in my life when I am on my own someday. | Family Vacations: Another norm that is apart of my life is going on vacation with my family. Each year we take a trip to a tropical location in order to help us relax and forget about our busy lives. This time is very valuable to us because our lives are so fast paced that we don't have time to just sit down and enjoy each others company. Having this norm in my life has helped me realize the importance of taking time for yourself and forgetting everything else.

6: Vintage Ring: A vintage ring is apart of my material culture because my great grandma gave my grandmother a ring when she turned 18 that has now been passed down to me. This ring is very special to me because I am the forth generation to have it and it has helped define who I am. | Iphone: My Iphone is a representation of my in that I am a very social person and could not go a day without having human interaction. My phone has given me the capability to have daily conversations with the people I love and has been a large part of my daily life. My cell phone has defined who I am because it represents my need for a social life.

7: Books: Books are apart of my material culture because education is a big part of my life and I fully understand the importance of education. Also, one of my favorite hobbies is reading, which shows my love for books and school. Overall I feel as if books are a large part of my life and my love for learning. | Volleyball: Volleyball is a large part of my life because it is my favorite sport. Not only is it something that I love doing but it has also helped shape who I am today. I have met many good friends through volleyball and have been able to experience so much just because of this hobby.

8: Sudoku: Sudoku is apart of my material culture because not only is it one of my hobbies, it also represents my personality. The organization and order that is seen in soduku depicts my personality becauseI am a neat freak and everything in my life needs to be in order. | Track Shoe: A track shoe is apart of my material culture because it represents one of my hobbies. I have invested much time into track and getting better; it has become apart of my life. Also, the track shoe represents how fast paced my life is. There is never a day when I do not have something to do. I am very proactive and am always looking to excel in my life.

9: Be Happy: One thing that I try to live by each day is to be happy. It seems so simple, but on the days when I don't want to get out of bed, I force myself to smile. I have found how much of a difference a smile can make on your day. Mr. Jones once said to me "fake it until you make it" and this is something that I've worked toward each day. | Grades: I used this symbol to represent my drive and motivation I have when it comes to school. One personality trait that I am very proud of is my intrinsic motivation to challenge myself in and out of the classroom. This trait has defined who I am today and has gotten me to where I am now. I feel as if my drive is something that will help me excel in life.

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