Amy Tan Essay

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Lauren Vinson ENG 101 07 Mercury Reader pg.156 Amy Tan My mom wanted me to join the JROTC program, in high school when I was in the tenth grade. At the time, I didn’t want to because I was so busy focusing on school, and I had just begin to join the track team at my school, so the JROTC program was far from my mind. My mom would always keep bringing up the program for me to join because of its positive aspects. The aspects were good, but that is something that I didn’t want to do. I didn’t want my career to be based on any type of military service with me being in the JROTC program, because when you’re in the program, you can have choices to join the army or any other branch related to the military. I wanted my career to be based upon becoming a lawyer, not being in the army or the reserve. I know my mom meant no harm, but she was just trying to look out for me and look out for my best interests. As far as realistic and unrealistic expectations, parents should know what their child or children are capable of and learn not to push them when that is something they do not want to do. It’s unrealistic, when the parent is trying to live their lives through their child. It’s not right because the parent and the child may be related but are still two different people with different mind sets. It’s realistic when the parent or parent’s supports their child on what the child likes to do and have full support from their

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