William R. Dennis III
In this paper, I am writing about my friend Maria. She is twenty-one, who is an only child who lives only with her mom. The main issue for this person is that they have trouble dealing with their feelings and emotions and progressing through life.
Maria was born in 1991, in the Philippines. Though she was born there, she only spent about a year there and once she moved to the United States she has lived in California ever since. Her dad died when she was a baby, supposedly because of drugs or drug related problems (according to her mother). She grew up in the Bay Area, mostly in Oakland and San Leandro. Up until she was about six or seven, only her mother raised her. By the time, she started elementary school, Maria, and her Mom started to live with her aunt and uncle. She failed one grade, which was third grade at a private elementary school she went to with her cousin that she lived with at the time. This was due to an incident involving her cousin, which caused Julian to leave the school, but Maria to stay the year. She says that the school failed her because of the incident involving Julian, and since he left the school got back at her instead. By the time she was done at the private elementary school, going for only a year, she had acquired a step dad that her Mom married back in the Philippines. He was only around for a year, up until Maria completed and passed her second year of the third grade. This was because he just got up and left, once he had obtained his citizenship, and Maria and her Mom never saw him again. Once middle school started, Maria only lived with her aunt and her cousin in San Leandro, while her Mom lived by herself in Oakland (where Maria and her mom live now). When high school started, Maria started to live with her Mom again, and has lived there ever since. She went to a private military high school called Omi in Oakland for two years, and then transferred to San...