Freedom Shouldn’t Be Taken For Granted
Everyday, I don’t realize all the freedoms I truly have.
I get on the bus and sit anywhere I choose, not realizing that only a few years ago; the bus was separated by race. People fought and died over getting that freedom. I step into school and know that it’s free, no cost to me. Any race and any gender are welcome to the school. There used to be schools for white children, and schools for African American children. Every year I pick from a number of classes that kids in many different countries don’t get the opportunity to choose. For example, there is forensic science, speech and debate, and newspaper. Every Wednesday, I stay after school for marching band, concert band, or drumline. Every day I walk in the hallways and notice the signs that say, “18 Year Olds: Its Your Chance to Vote!” You get to vote for who you want to represent you. The current 18-year-old students have a chance for vote in the most controversial presidency race yet: McCain vs. Obama. That’s a freedom. This Saturday is our homecoming dance that we have the freedom and chance to have. Many schools in Spain don’t have school dances.
For the past three weeks, I had a foreign exchange student. Her name was Lucia and she informed me that at her school, she doesn’t have any activities like band or sports. I had the freedom to have someone from a different country shadow me.
On Sundays, I go to Church and youth group at St. Anne’s Episcopal Church in Annapolis. In many countries, it used to be required that you were Catholic. Or some religions were banned, like Judaism many years ago during the Holocaust. People were all for anti-semitism. I have the freedom to pick any religion and go to any church that I desire.
When I’m a junior I am going to have to start thinking about college. That means I have the freedom to apply to as many different colleges that I want, anywhere. You have the freedom to choose what you major in. And then where you...