Tell us about a place or community you call home. How has it shaped your perspective? – 250 Words
“It’s not The Invisible Man. It’s just Invisible Man!” screamed Mr. Hibbs, as he bolted out of the room. My AP English Language classroom isn’t the run-of-the-mill classroom. It contains orange chairs that resemble something from George Jetson’s home. The room is a graveyard for Diet Coke bottles, and the piles of books make one wonder if there was a recent earthquake. Interestingly enough, this disorder is home to me.
From my teacher’s violent book throws to his obsession with Invisible Man, my English class is an exotic jungle. As chaotic as it may seem, the class gives me peace. The environment encourages everyone to be themselves, roam free, and discuss “uncomfortable” topics. Everyone’s screaming allows us to express our opinions and who we are without any judgement.
Through the diverse readings, I changed my perspective on the world. Fictional characters who rejected conformity helped me step outside my comfort zone. While Holden Caulfield gave away his prized hunting hat, I matured alongside him. Invisible Man (not “The”) taught me that accepting traumas of the past can actually make one a victor, and not a victim.
With this, my English class ignited a passion for learning and changed my perspective on education and even myself. I wasn’t going to school because I had to, but rather, I began arriving with a hunger for learning. Thanks to my English courses and Mr. Hibbs, I am now open to diverse perspectives and understand that I am responsible for my own epilogue. Published in