College of Charleston
Break Your Neck!
Prompt: Discuss an accomplishment or event, formal or informal, which marked your transition from childhood to adulthood within your culture, community, or family.
My transition from a mermaid to a scientist wasn’t necessarily my choice, but boy am I glad it happened.
“Five more minutes, dad!” was all you heard, and wrinkled hands waving frantically in the air were all you saw. I remember splashing around and attempting to swim with my legs crossed in mermaid fashion. When adults asked me what I wanted to be when I grow up, I remember replying “a mermaid.” This childish fantasy lived on until the day of the accident in third grade. One minute I was sliding down a snow hill at recess, and the next I was laying face down with a broken neck. I sat down on that cold examination table in the neurologist’s office and the last thing on my mind was my dream of being a mermaid. Vertebral Compression Fracture was the diagnosis, and three months of bracing with over a year of physical therapy was the order. My childhood fantasy had come to an end, but I now realize that the accident put me on a path to developing an adult ambition.
I spent the next few months (jealously) staring at the fish in my classroom tank while all the other kids were at recess. I became fascinated with them; I would study them and take notes on their behavior while subconsciously longing to be like them. I remember getting...
Join Now to View Premium Content
GradeSaver provides access to 2135 study guide PDFs and quizzes, 10972 literature essays, 2745 sample college application essays, 840 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.
Already a member? Log in