ENGL 101 Project 1 Essay


ENGL 101 Project 1 Essay.  San Diego Community College District

Project 1 Essay: Personal Narrative on Identity Exploration


“Borders” by Thomas King

“If Black English Isn’t a Language, Then Tell Me What Is” by James Baldwin “Mother Tongue” by Amy Tan

“What Does it Mean to ‘Look Autistic?’” by M. Nicole R. Wildhood “I’m Not Broken” by Eric Garcia


The idea of borderlines and boundaries can be interpreted in many different ways. It can be a border between two countries, the border between life and death, between two different mindsets, or even just the door between your bedroom and the rest of the house. We experience both physical borders as well as social, cultural, intellectual, and spiritual ones. Often these encounters with borders are important experiences for us, and they shape us in significant ways. We have looked at a number of different ways that individuals interpret this idea of borderlines in preparation for our own exploration of this idea.


Please respond to the following prompt questions:

When have you (or someone you know) experienced a transformational border in your life? What were you (s/he/they) like before and how did the encounter with this border change you (him/her/they)?



  • Essay Length: 4-5 pages, typed, double-spaced, MLA
  • Make reference to the readings for this. ENGL 101 Project 1 Essay




My transforming border story reflects on Candana, another of the hundreds of Turkish migrants and my colleague who narrated how he attempted to enter Greece after President Erdogan stated that he would no longer block refugees or asylum seekers heading to Europe. Candana alleges that both he and his companions were defrauded and intimidated on their way to the border.