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Student voices: Why are we who we are?

I look at things at a different way than most people. I constantly find myself asking the question: “why?”

I don’t know if I tend to think of things more in depth than people or I just don’t know as much as other people but I am constantly wondering why things work, why things end up the way they do and why life hands some deals to some people and not others.

Lately, I have been thinking about generations. My parents constantly say, “Well, when I was your age....” followed by what their life consisted of at the age of 18. Blah blah blah is usually what goes through my mind after I hear that.

I respect my parents, but I now live a very different life than they did. They both grew up on farms in the middle of nowhere. I now live in suburban America and go to school with hundreds of other suburban children. Times have changed so much I can’t even tell you a similarity between my early life and their early life.

A huge debate that has been going on for most of my life has been gay marriage. The beliefs of my grandparents’ generation would disagree highly with gay marriage while my generation generally accepts it. Why? It’s not like some person is telling us what to believe. Generations definitely change.

I recently wrote an essay on an article about how people generally become their parents in the sense of successfulness and property. The author talked about how life is a race. People with rich, successful parents end up having a head start to the unsuccessful people beginning at the starting line. His theory was that people can inherit money from their parents, but they also inherit a type of lifestyle. People who have a politician as a father most likely won’t be cleaning bathrooms at the truck stop.

So the question is, what do we become? I believe we become a product of our parents. We will most likely end up with a job like theirs, a life like theirs and property like theirs, but when it comes to beliefs, that’s what makes us special. The things on the outside of us — our property, our looks, our success — stems from our parents. The aspects on the inside of me, my thoughts, my choices, my beliefs and brains come from myself. If it wasn’t like this, life would be boring. We would be clones.

Although sometimes we all don’t agree on everything, branching off is what makes us unique individuals.

Kassie Klasen is a senior at Rosemount High School.