~Our American Heritage and Our Responsibility for Preserving It~


A native of his land is bound by his heart. Where we come from, our place of origin, the great motherland lay the beginning foundations into making us who we are. A person’s heritage is a sacred tradition followed only by those who understand its secret language. A nation must be ruled by a leader who walked the path the people currently tread, who understands the secret dialect. Remembering the emptiness in the pit of their stomach every night, the remaining lacerations on their body from rival gangs, and the endless rows of bodies of family and friends left in the streets. Living in a constant state of fear and anger strengthened that one person to step up and make a change, starting a revolution. Striving to make a difference in the lives of those around them, feeling their pain and wanting to put a stop to the problems plaguing their nation. A nation needs a leader that not only understand what the people need, but has lived through the struggle and will fight for their people’s rights.

There’s a clear difference between those that understand the people and those who were the people. Foreigners who take charge of nation that don’t understand the nation’s history, language, and values, is destined for failure. One may think its “unfair” to not allow unrelated leaders to take charge of a nation, but just how successful are those diverse leaders? Take a look back in history, Russia, Great Britain, France, Austria, Italy, Prussia, the Ottoman Empire, the Holy Roman Empire, all had successful leaders bred from the same nation. If there is a disruption in the social dynamics of a nation, a leader unable to meet the needs of the people, nationalism is inevitable. No matter what the circumstances are, keeping a nation together requires a preservation of its heritage.

America, land of the free and home of the brave. Our nation, made up of three main ideas, life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. America is often referred to as a great mixing pot of cultures and ethnicities, introducing new ideas and perspectives as the years go on. There is one change that will never take place, our heritage, how we got started, and the principles that brought us to where we are today. Remembering who we are and how we were brought up must never be forgotten. Our president is responsible for preserving our rights, values, and history. We, as a nation, decide who we want to represent us as our president based on common values, background, and viewpoints. We elect the person who relates to who we are individually and how that person will help us as a nation. Appealing to the needs of the people can only be understood by those who know the language they speak.

A person’s heritage is sacred, never meant to be manipulated or tainted in any way. He who understands the sounds of his land, the rhythm of each heartbeat, and footstep on each path understands what they must do to preserve their nation. United we stand, together we fall, joint together through each and every brawl. We fight the same fight and stand together strong, a united nation, one and for all.

~Hockenbury AP Psychology Chapter 3 Vocab~


• Figure- ground relationship: A Gestalt principle of perceptual organization that states that we automatically separate the elements of a perception into the feature that clearly stands out (the figure) and its less distinct background (the ground).

• Law of similarity: The tendency to perceive objects of a similar size, shape, or color as a unit or figure. Thus, you perceive four horizontal rows rather than size vertical columns of holiday cookies.

• Law of closure: The tendency to fill in the gaps in an incomplete image. Thus, you perceive the curved lines on the clock as smooth, continuous circles, even though they are interrupted by workers and the clock’s hands.

• Law of continuation: The tendency to group elements that appear to follow in the same direction as a single unit or figure. Thus, you tend to see the curved sections of the highways as continuous units.

• Law of proximity: The tendency to perceive objects that are close to one another as a single unit. Thus, you perceive these five people as one groups of two people and one group of three people.

• Relative size: The very small image of the jogger and the decreasing size of the street lamps contribute to the perception of distance.

• Linear perspective: Evident in the apparent convergence of the walkway railings.

• Shape constancy: The perception of a familiar object as maintaining the same shape regardless of the image produced on the retina.

• Size constancy: The perception of an object as maintaining the same size despite changing images on the retina.

• Perceptual set: The tendency to perceive objects or situations from a particular frame of reference.

~I Now Know Who I Am~


From a young age, I noticed I had the natural tendency to listen to others and relieve them of problems plaguing their conscious. My desire to help those around me derived from my dysfunctional home life I had during my childhood, thus explains my aspiration to become a psychologist. I am the youngest of 4 children, and I will be the first to go to college in my immediate family. I’ve learned that ambition isn’t something you’re born with. Personally, ambition is rising above the doubts my family attempted to instill in me, the longing to make something of my family name, and to prove that I can become anything I set my mind to. Studying to become a psychologist has become more than a simple career choice; the ability to analyze and study myself from discussions during class has given me the ability to learn more about who I am. Goal driven, dedicated, open minded, and patient. As my optimism grew, reality set in, coming in all shapes and sizes to strangle my dreams.

Going for the highest possible degree holds a great amount of significance for me. I want to obtain a Ph.D. to finally receive the one thing I want most in life, to become the first doctor in my family, and to financially provide for my current and future family. No matter what obstacles come my way, mentally, physically, or financially, I must preserver for the sake of my family’s upcoming generation to have an example to look up to. My dream is larger than I am; I’m doing this not only for myself, but for my family and the future patients I hope to treat.