Who Am I?

As English 30-1 students, you are in a very fast-paced, technological world. As such, throughout the course you will be asked to pause and reflect on the Essential Questions. These questions are based on the need for us to recognize who we are and what our motivating forces are in our personal lives, in our student lives, and in our family lives.

An important element in our society is direction. We often contemplate some of the larger questions in life. Why are we here? Where did we come from? What is our story? Where are we going? There are times when we have to re-calibrate our lives in order to anchor ourselves in the direction that we wish to move. We often reflect on the circle of life.

In your first assignment, you will be asked to reflect on some key aspects of human existence.


Illustration from Encounter by Jane Yolen, illustrated by David Shannon Copyright © 1992 by David Shannon Reprints by permission of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. All rights reserved.

 Reflect on the questions below.

  • Where are you from? Tell us something about your background, your history, and your family. What is your story? Where did your story start?

  • To whom are you connected? You are connected to your family, but you likely have numerous friends, colleagues, teammates, and work mates. Talk briefly about some of your major connections and how they factor into your life.

  • Where are you going? What are some of your hopes and dreams for your life today? What is it that you would like to achieve in your life? Remember, you are not committing yourself to doing these things at this point but are reflecting on a potential direction you may be looking at for your life.

  • What do you value? This is the underpinning of your life. What are the things that really matter to you? What is it that guides you in the things that you do, the things that you pursue, and the decisions that you make? There can be quite a variety of things or people. These are some of the beliefs that motivate you in your life.