In my sophomore year of high school, I read a book that some of you might have read, called “Conversations with Myself” written by former South African president and human rights activist Nelson Mandela. This is his second autobiography after his international bestseller, “Long Walk to Freedom”.
I selected this artifact because life has gotten harder for me, considering all the schoolwork, also also my socialization side. I started to tap more into people’s emotions as I got older and stepped back and thought about what exactly I was doing in my life and what my actions were leading me to and what they were saying about myself. And when I read this book, it was the amazingly true story of how a man defied lots of expectations about how he would tap into these similar emotions and step back as well. So today, I am happy to say that I took the time to compare both of our hardships and how we learned from them, and we share a lot of similarities in doing so.
I have continued to do this in just my first month of college alone, and this is one of the biggest reasons why I chose to include this in my ePortfolio.
This artifact represents some of the perceptions that I decided to adapt to as the second half of high school rolled along and this particular period in life is what I would say is represented within this book.
What I learned from this books that it is hard for anyone and anything to change in life. I’m nineteen years old and it’s hard for me to change, but I know that the younger you are, the harder it gets.
I gained a strategy that encompasses working with people whom you agree and people whom you don’t agree. It’s really all about tolerating different views without shutting them down or manipulating things to be in anyone’s favor.
As President Obama put it in the book’s foreword, “A prisoner became a free man; a liberation figure became a passionate voice for reconciliation; a party leader became a president who advanced democracy…he has done so much to change his country, and the world, that it is hard to imagine the history of the last several decades without him.”
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Anirudh Rajagopalan was born in Japan on September 27th, 1998, and moved to the United States in 2005. Over his time so far of living in both Japan and the States, he has touched the lives of many diverse friends and families. His generous heart and his ability to connect with people of all ages endear him to all, and many more people have been positively impacted by knowing him for his guidance and love. He learns best by reading written instructions and observing through examples. Anirudh has published three books which have become enormously popular. He lives in Mason, Ohio with his family and spends his free time playing mridangam, writing, and being with his friends. He is now studying at The Ohio State University and hopes to pursue a degree in Actuarial Science.
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