Essay about The Journey to Self Discovery
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The Journey to Self Discovery Death and life are contrasting points of view while discovery seems to be the main point in Joan Didion’s essay “On Going Home and, N. Scott Momaday’s essay The Way to Rainy Mountain. For Joan Didion, returning home is a source of comfort, confusion, and conflict. The life she lives with her husband and child are a world apart from the life she grew up in. Her memories are a part of who she is and the kind of mother and wife she hopes to be. Perhaps in her quest, she will find the best parts of her to pour into her new life. In contrast, N. Scott Momaday’s “home” is his grandmother. She encompasses all that he came to know and love. The Kiowa traditions were brought to life in her home through her…show more content…
She looks for her face in his picture and doesn’t find it. The items that used to define who she was at seventeen no longer seem to hold their place. She enjoys a cup of coffee with her mother whom she gets along with (1420) and relates to on an adult level realizing that they are both “veterans of a guerrilla war we never understood.”
Suffering the loss of his grandmother in the spring, Momaday returns to Rainy Mountain in July on a journey to discover his Kiowa roots. He was told that her face was like a child when she passed and from this point he likes thinking of her as a child. He learns that when his grandmother was born her generation was the last to experience the freedom to worship and live as the Kiowa people had been accustomed. The Kiowa people were not warriors by choice in the sense of fighting to win land or plunder. They were driven by and instinct to survive and because they were not fighters they didn’t understand why the Cavalry was so merciless in their advancement on the tribe. They were eventually divided and destitute and gave in to the United States Cavalry and moved to Rainy Mountain, Oklahoma. Aho, Momaday’s grandmother, was the last of her kind. She kept the Kiowa culture and traditions alive. Three-hundred years before she was born, her people made their way to Rainy Mountain, Oklahoma. Momaday refers to it as a “journey toward the dawn”
The College Experience - Exploration and Self-discovery Essay
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The College Experience - Exploration and Self-discovery
What do you want to do with your life? If only I had a nickel for every time I was asked that pesky question ... in particular,
by some overly-concerned adult! I swear, if I hear it one more time, I'll launch into a
screaming fit! It's right along the same lines as the annoying, "where do you see yourself
in ten years?" As a student wrapping up my freshman year at the University of Southern
California in Los Angeles, even the question "what's your major?"can pose a bit of a problem.
At this point in my life, I simply feel that such questions are too restrictive. Why is society
fixated on categorizing everyone into neat little groups? I thought…show more content…
Suddenly major-less, I felt adrift
in a sea of indecision. I was compelled to pick a new major to attach myself to, and quickly.
Like any drowning person would, I grabbed out for anything that appeared it would keep me afloat.
Fortunately for me, a freshman entering a major university, the possibilities as to what I could
study were endless. Indeed, they were almost too endless. How could a person possibly be
expected to pick one thing from so many exciting and diverse fields? I realized that in order
to make up my mind, I needed to try a bit of everything ... and so, I did.
General education requirement classes, while receiving countless complaints from students who
feel that they are pointless busy-work, can be a blessing in disguise because they open up
worlds that students might otherwise not know existed. My first semester of college, my classes
consisted of literature, French, geology, and film, quite the diverse course load. Being
exposed to a variety of different fields helped to narrow my list of possible careers. Based on
my experience, I could quickly decide if I thought a subject was interesting enough to pursue
further. Not having a major was scary, and during those first few weeks of classes, there was
no career I didn't consider. There was even a point when I (a self-professed