Saturday, September 17, 2016

Reflection on Place and Culture

      There are many things I love about my hometown and my culture. I am extremely content to have such a small community where everyone knows everyone. I do not have to worry about getting a friend in one of my classes as you could be at a big high school, because due to a small community I have multiple friends in each class. Being a athlete I am very proud of my cities support towards local athletes. Doesn't matter the sport, Soccer, Basketball, Football, or Track and Field there is always local parents and students of Fortuna High there cheering on our local athletes. Our local scenery is another thing I appreciate. The Redwood Forest is within a walkable distance from our school and is a very comforting place to be. There are tons of rivers to go swimming in which adds something to consume my time with friends and have a great time with family. There are beautiful beaches although the water is too cold for swimming. Many times when I go to the river due to small community I see many people I know from school. Local events connect the members of our community in a effective way and is something I love about my place and culture. Events such as,the local carnivals, local rodeo, parades, and fireworks on the 4th of July are just a few things of Fortuna's culture that I appreciate. Some of these things have been going on since my parents were kids, and even my grandparents were kids. Although most people of my area say they dislike our weather, I love the weather in my area as I can not tolerate any kind of heat. Humboldt County, is the perfect temperature for me and I appreciate this weather.

      Despite all the things I love about my culture and my hometown there are some things I do not appreciate or would like to change. Due to a small number of people and ultimately consumers in small town Fortuna their is a very limited choice when it comes to shopping. I am grateful to have stores, however our local mall is almost empty and many stores are going out of business. We do not have your typical popular stores local for our community. Something I dislike about the culture of my family at least is that due to the large amount of things to do we often eat takeout and we only eat together as a family on special occasion. One negative effect to everyone knowing everyone is eventually some people will get tired of others and there will be a confliction or a argument, but it is always resolved and the good by far outweighs the bad. I also do not like how we are all assumed as "pot growers" due to the area we live in. Many people assume that because we live in Humboldt County we grow Marijuana or smoke it which is not the case. Just from the place I live, people already often make a poor judgment of me. Humboldt County was even mentioned in a popular show American Dad and I do not like to be categorized by the place I live, rather than my actions. Also people of the United States are often so consumed by technology that we lack communication which shows at school at times. Many of these things I would love to change about my beautiful hometown or nation. However, I love Fortuna for what it is, and the good of my hometown by far outweighs the bad. I am extremely grateful to live and grow up where I do now. My appreciation for my town and culture shows when I write about what I like effortlessly, but then when writing about what I would like to change it takes me much more time and critical thinking.

(Me along with other Science classmates doing an assignment in the great Redwood Forest)

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