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Life On A Desert Island Essay

Stranded On A Deserted Island Essay

Dominique Peralta 10/19/14

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On paper, I appear to be good at everything, but beyond the numbers and grades is a regular person who had to learn from failures and other people's mistakes to succeed. I was born and raised in Camden New Jersey, one of the most dangerous cities in America. I grew up knowing what marijuana was and when to get down to the floor because of a shoot out happening in front of my home. Growing up in Camden seems really bad on TV but after a while you get used to it. You learn to follow unspoken rules like don't look people in the eye when walking, keep your distance, don't trust anyone, etc.

I was born from a one night stand. My mom was 22 and my dad was 16. I was my mother's second child so I grew up with hand-me downs. I live with my mom, stepdad, younger brother, older sister, and my nephew. My dad left me when I was little and came in and out of my life. He went to jail a few times and I remember talking into the phone that connected me with him though the thick plastic glass. My mom received a call from my grandmother saying that my dad was deported to the Dominican Republic. I now talk to him on the phone once a year, on my birthday.

My mom dropped out of school her junior year because she was bullied, some of which came from her own siblings. Most of my family never finished high school; they depend on the government to support them. Most of my cousins are now parents with 1-3 kids. Some of them don't have jobs or places to sleep at night. I will not turn out like them; I will rise up and make something of myself.

Since I was little, my aspirations included food artist, comic book artist, graphic designer, web designer and even marine biologist. I did some research and I found that I wanted to become an animator. My whole life was

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Guest author today! You likely already know The JackB. He is a dedicated blogger. You can read Jack’s daily posts here and here! He came up with so many great topics for today that it was hard to choose just one! Okay Jack, let’s start the party!

If you were shipwrecked on an island and could only bring six things with you what would they be?

There are a number of ways of playing this game. One is to say that since you are on a deserted island you should not bring electronics because power would be an issue.

Another is to say this is just for fun and let people bring whatever they want to the island.

On a related side note I once wrote an essay about how people have used computers, smartphones, the Internet and social media to create our own deserted islands. So if you take it from that perspective than you could do the exercise with objects that require power.

Before I share my list with you and ask you to share yours with me I have another question. If we made it a list of 25 items would it be harder or easier for you to come up with a list?

1)      The Lord Of The Rings Series- It is one of my favorites and I never get tired of reading the series. There is an entire world wrapped up in it that always stirs my imagination. Anything that does that and helps me dream catches my eye.

2)      Family photo album- I have an excellent imagination and I dream in Technicolor but there is something reassuring and calming about holding the actual picture of those I love most.

3)      The Talmud- I’d want that more for the mental stimulation than any sort of religious attachment. I have a very active mind and that would help stimulate it. The discussions and ideas contained inside often correlate to modernity.

4)      A journal- I wrestled with this one a little bit. In theory I might be able to find/create/discover a way to record my thoughts using things I find on the island. But writing is such a big part of my life I can’t imagine not being able to do it and that journal is invaluable.  When I get rescued it will be of great interest to my family and the source of the movie that helps me make Mr. Howell look poor.

5)      Huckleberry Finn- Another one of my favorite books and filled with all sorts of fun stuff. Makes me want to build a raft and float away….

6)      A Universal Tool- Heck, if I am going to be stuck on an island and I can bring a few things I might as well take one of those universal tools with me. I am relatively handy but I’d rather use one of those than try to build my own.

Ok, that is my list. I am sure that when I read yours I’ll see plenty of things that I wish I had included on mine. So let’s get started. What six items would you bring?

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