House

Short Essay: What are you passionate about and why?


A house is a trove of memories; a source of dignity and pride; the essence of security - or at least it's supposed to be. When my family was evicted from our fading domicile on Alexander Street, I began to question my right to the city I called home. There, the crib my younger brother had once slept in strewn in pieces across the driveway. There, the law enforcement officials I had once revered cajoling my mother to pay a bribe. My mother, frail and alone, did her best to shield her children from the secondary evils of that day. However, she could not protect me when, several years later, I was detained by an armed soldier after resisting his advances as I walked to work.

Experiences such as these opened my eyes to the ‘gendered slant’ in Urban Planning: cities often fail to take the social infrastructure needs of women into account. And while I may have to contend with several obstacles to my success in the city, I am determined to lend my abilities to the development of urban infrastructure that will enable future generations to lead safe and effective lives. Regardless of gender, race, or creed.

Join Now to View Premium Content

GradeSaver provides access to 1248 study guide PDFs and quizzes, 9585 literature essays, 2450 sample college application essays, 437 lesson plans, and ad-free surfing in this premium content, “Members Only” section of the site! Membership includes a 10% discount on all editing orders.

Join Now

Already a member? Log in