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Customs and Beliefs It all began during the month of August of 1999 At the age of sixteen I felt like a car driving on thin ice because I had no control over my decision making My decision making capabilities were very slim because my parents were very strict on customs rituals and especially religion I felt as if I was stranded on a miniature island in the pacific ocean because I didnt have the liberty and prosperity that I desired My only figures of high authority were my parents and by them not allowing me to have the freedom that I wanted their mentality was to keep me indoors and away from the real world Knowing that I was going to eventually go against my parents before I turned eighteen I felt a sense of relief because I was tired of my parents pushing me to follow their customs and rituals by literally shoving it down my throat This particular phase in my life was significant because I learned how to stand up for myself and it gave me confidence to overcome barriers One reason for which I went against my parents was religion My parents over stressed how important religion was and that I should always attend Sunday mass even if I had to make a sacrifice like miss a 1000am Forty Niner football game Attending church was mandatory for me and if there was a reason that I couldnt attend there had to be some sort undisputable evidence I felt that there was no point to go to church because I would end up falling asleep or my butt would get sore I always had in mind that my catholic religion was a big superstition and I always believed in the theory of evolution but I never
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