We use cookies to give you the best experience possible. By continuing we’ll assume you’re on board with our cookie policy

Money Is a Responcibility Henry Louis Gates Jr.

The whole doc is available only for registered users

A limited time offer! Get a custom sample essay written according to your requirements urgent 3h delivery guaranteed

Order Now

In his essay, “What’s in a Name?” Henry Louis Gates Jr. travels back to an event in time where his father encountered prejudice and at that time, Henry Louis Gates Jr. made an extraordinary realization at a young age. We have all had small realizations, but like Gates Jr., I had one that changed my life.

Zero responsibility and no value of money can seem like a great way of thinking, but as I look back on it, I wouldn’t want to go back to that mindset. Before moving to South Carolina, I grew up and lived in Windsor Locks, Connecticut. Windsor Locks wasn’t a wealthy town, but I was a somewhat spoiled child. Unlike many teenagers at sixteen, I had very few responsibilities. I had no job, nor any bills that I was financially responsible for. My mother paid for all of my bills such as my cell phone bill, car insurance, and any other expenses I had.

I moved here along with my brother and my father over the summer. Since moving, I have obtained a job, and become responsible for my bills. I am now responsible for paying my car insurance, and other bills I may have.

One day, when running out, I realized I’d have to buy shower supplies myself for the first time. I decided to drive down to Walgreens in order to purchase what I needed. I checked my bank account balance via my iPhone, and realized I only have fifty dollars to spend. At that moment I understood I would have to limit my spending. As I walked through the aisles I kept my eyes on prices, keeping in mind my decision for a limited budget. I bought and paid for what I needed, but despite trying to save money, I spent thirty dollars.

While driving home from the store, I realized I only had twenty dollars left to my name. At that point, I had the biggest realization of my life. I finally realized the value of money because I had never bought things myself before. It hurt to see that just a few months ago; I had no worries, responsibilities, or bills. But a few months ago, I also had no money nor job. I guess growing up comes with responsibilities both negative and positive. I’m excited to be growing up and to see myself maturing into a young adult. Even though I have more responsibilities, growing up is definitely worth it. Looking back on the situation, I now understand that if I had not paid for my own things, I wouldn’t have learned the value of money, and I would not appreciate having a job. My experience relates to Henry Louis Gates Jr.’s situation because he also made an extraordinary realization at a young age. Both of our realizations changed our lives and helped us see things we couldn’t before.

Related Topics

We can write a custom essay

According to Your Specific Requirements

Order an essay
Materials Daily
100,000+ Subjects
2000+ Topics
Free Plagiarism
All Materials
are Cataloged Well

Sorry, but copying text is forbidden on this website. If you need this or any other sample, we can send it to you via email.

By clicking "SEND", you agree to our terms of service and privacy policy. We'll occasionally send you account related and promo emails.
Sorry, but only registered users have full access

How about getting this access

Your Answer Is Very Helpful For Us
Thank You A Lot!


Emma Taylor


Hi there!
Would you like to get such a paper?
How about getting a customized one?

Can't find What you were Looking for?

Get access to our huge, continuously updated knowledge base

The next update will be in:
14 : 59 : 59