I choose to do a diary entry because then I could compare my experience to Holden's in first person as he does as well. I wanted it to be very similar to Holden's experience and also point out what was different. This is why I chose to write it in first person, when I was writing my diary entry I could relate a lot to Holden, more than I expected. For example my roommate in boarding school, he was very similar to Ackley, even though Ackley wasn't Holden's roommate I still made a connection between them and compared them. For you who is reading this, do you think I should have written it in first person or made I a third person narrative? Do you think the similarities between my experience and Holden's are very alike or anybody in boarding school would have experienced the same things.
[Thursday, January 7, 2016]
It's a cold New York winter, my parents are driving me to school for the first time, I am really nervous. I don't know anybody yet and don't know how things are going to workout. Boarding school is not a very nice place to be in, especially when you go after you are 15 years old. I went to boarding school when I was 16, just like Holden Caulfield. When I got there, it wasn't a very welcoming place. I opened the door to the CWB (which was the main building) and walked over to the gym. It was separated in small groups of people; the americans, the chinese, and the europeans. They didn't mix up much with others. I could understand the feeling of being alienated and having no friends, even though our reasons were clearly different. I never felt this in my life, at Graded I knew everybody. So I went back to meet my parents and the principal for a tour around the school. When we finished it was dinner time, I ate fast and the it was time to go to the dorms. When I go to my dorm, I was sleeping with a kid who just moved from China and didn't even know how to speak English, it was horrible. He had no hygiene whatsoever, took a shower every OTHER day, left his dirty toothbrush on top of the sink, and never flushed the toilet. He was almost as nasty as Ackley is described in the novel. I could only go through the night knowing that in the morning I would go to Manhattan to stay with my family.
[Monday, January 11, 2016]
I woke up 6:00am, said bye to my parents because they had a flight to Brazil at night and hopped in the Jitney for the second day of school, because I had a long two hour ride to the Hamptons. It was my first official day of school, from 8am to 4pm. During the ride, I kept thinking to myself "what have I done? My life was perfect in Brazil". I got there, the classes were much different to Graded. They were shorter, more people, and the teacher didn't help you or ask questions, he just kept talking for 45 minutes. 1pm the bell rang, it was lunch time. Everybody ran to the lunch hall to get food, to get in the cafeteria you had to take out your shoes and put on what they called "slippers". I stayed in line for 10 minutes since it was the whole school getting food at once and I didn't know anybody to cut in line. When I got to the front of the line, I got a slice of pizza, really different from what they served at Graded. To be honest, that was the only change I actually liked.
[Friday, January 15, 2016]
On the sixth day, I wasn't taking it anymore; all I wanted to do was go back to how stuff were in the past. Everything was different, the language, the school, my friends, the place I slept. I don't like changes, especially a big one like this one, and in the novel I noticed that Holden didn't like changes as well. Holden went to the Museum of Natural History because he said "everything always stayed right where it was". On Friday I was going to go to New York to spend the weekend by myself. At least I would stay in our apartment, which we had for many years, something that hasn't a change. It is on 65th and Park Avenue, a few blocks away from where Holden meets his parents on 71st and Fifth Avenue. I was so happy when I got there, to see everything how it was before, it made me remember about how my life was when I use to live in Brazil and every January we use to come here after we skied in Aspen. It makes me feel much more comfortable when I am here.
[Thursday, February 4, 2016]
It was already the fifth week of school. I had gone to Manhattan every weekend to distract myself from the school. At one point it started to get pretty boring, because I was all alone in a big city, so I just stayed home watch movies pretty much. My grandparents come to visit me every 2 months, but still, it gets kind of lonely. I made two Brazilians in these weeks who were my “friends", I wasn’t too close to them but I spent most of the time with them because I had nobody else to stay with during my free time. It was similar to Holden’s relationship with Ackley. Except the fact that they weren’t nasty and clipped their toenails in front of me. Going back to the story, on this day it was Carnaval in Brazil, and some friends of mine went to New York City to spend a week. I hadn’t seen any actual friends or family for 20 days. So I decided to skip Friday and go to Manhattan on Thursday. But I knew my mother wouldn’t allow that, and I couldn’t just go without my mom calling the school or sending an email. So I have the Principal’s phone number to my friend and told him to call her pretending it was my mom. He didn’t have a women’s voice so he told his sister to call, and it worked. So as soon as school ended on Thursday I got the 3:40 Jitney to Manhattan without my parents knowing. I couldn’t sleep at my house because then she would know, so I stayed for the night at my friend’s hotel, and then I went to my apartment at 5pm on Friday.
This task shows my understanding of Holden's alienation and relationship with others students, and compares myself to him. The purpose of this task is to show how I could relate to and understand Holden. First of all, the feeling of alienation, that he can't connect to anybody. Then I also wanted to point out the fact that he didn't like changes, he didn't want to grow up and didn't want to change anything. This is what I can most connect to Holden. While I was in boarding school, everything was new. My room, my teachers, my friends, and all I wanted was for everything to go back to normal. I choose to do a diary entry about my experience in boarding school and compare to Holden's. I choose a diary entry because I could explain more vividly how my experience was and I could separate the event by days. I want to explain what makes my experience in boarding school and away from my parents similar to Holden and what isn't the same. I will do that by using the points that I listed.