Personal Essay

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Personal Essay by Mind Map: Personal Essay

1. View of Being a Parent

1.1. How it has changed

1.2. Those who are now in parenthood now might be interested in this topic

1.3. My goal for this paper is to write a personal essay is to share how my experiences as a mother has shaped my beliefs about parenthood.

1.3.1. Inspire someone about your topic?

1.3.2. Specific grade?

1.3.3. Do your best work?

2. Relationships with people and series of events that shaped my beliefs

2.1. Relationship with my own parents

2.1.1. Positive relationship, but didn't understand the struggles of parenthood

2.1.1.1. Parents worried about me when I broke curfew

2.1.1.2. Couldn't date until I was 16

2.1.1.3. Parents always wanted me to make straight A's

2.2. Series of events

2.2.1. Found out I was pregnant after only having been married for a year and a half

2.2.2. Beautiful baby comes along on a cold November day

2.2.3. Austin starts to grow up and begins to get into all sorts of things as a toddler

2.2.3.1. Lose Austin while we are watching tv one night

2.2.3.1.1. Cat story

2.2.3.2. Austin goes to school and starts to get graded on assignments

2.2.3.3. Austin starts noticing and liking girls

2.2.3.4. Supporting Data

2.2.3.4.1. Expert reports

2.2.3.4.2. Third party research

2.2.3.4.3. Survey data

2.2.3.4.4. Size of topic

2.2.4. Aaron comes along a couple of years after Austin

2.2.5. Boys begin going to school and start getting graded on assignments

2.2.5.1. Really begin to worry when Austin gets into the 9th grade and grades start counting as credits

2.2.5.1.1. My parents

3. 3. Structure

3.1. Decide on your topic focus

3.2. Create list of facts

3.3. Organize facts into categories

3.4. Create chapters from categories

3.4.1. Introduction - why are you writing about this?

3.4.2. Subhead 1

3.4.3. Subhead 2

3.4.4. Subhead 3

3.4.5. Conclusion - what summarizes what is most interesting about your topic?

4. 4. Write and Edit

4.1. Don't be afraid to edit. Simple, memorable information is hard and requires filtering.

5. Administration

5.1. Deadlines

5.2. Contacts

6. 5. Proofread & Finalize

6.1. Cover Page

6.2. Table of Contents

6.3. Bibliography

7. How my beliefs changed through these events and my experiences as a mother

7.1. I used to think that my parents were being overbearing and overprotective, but now that I have children of my own, my love for my children is so intense. I know now that I only want what's best for my children. I am not trying to smother them, but I am trying, in a way, to protect them from coming to harm.