Born Bright: A Young Girls Journey from Nothing to Something in America by C. Nicole MasonStanding on the stage, I felt exposed and like an intruder. In these professional settings, my personal experiences with hunger, poverty, and episodic homelessness, often go undetected. I had worked hard to learn the rules and disguise my beginning in life...
So begins Born Bright, C. Nicole Masons powerful memoir, a story of reconciliation, constrained choices and life on the other side of the tracks. Born in the 1970s in Los Angeles, California, Mason was raised by a beautiful, but volatile16-year-old single mother. Early on, she learned to navigate between an unpredictable home life and school where she excelled.
By high school, Mason was seamlessly straddling two worlds. The first, a cocoon of familiarity where street smarts, toughness and the ability to survive won the day. The other, foreign and unfamiliar with its own set of rules, not designed for her success. In her Advanced Placement classes and outside of her neighborhood, she felt unwelcomed and judged because of the way she talked, dressed and wore her hair.
After moving to Las Vegas to live with her paternal grandmother, she worked nights at a food court in one of the Mega Casinos while finishing school. Having figured out the college application process by eavesdropping on the few white kids in her predominantly Black and Latino school along with the help of a long ago high school counselor, Mason eventually boarded a plane for Howard University, alone and with $200 in her pocket.
While showing us her own path out of poverty, Mason examines the conditions that make it nearly impossible to escape and exposes the presumption harbored by many—that the poor dont help themselves enough.
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SFU Search. In order to write my stories, I searched incidences that related to my experiences with learning and teaching and making sense of them. Through the process of framing and reframing my experiences, I gained a better understanding of my journey as an educator and became capable of articulating my experiences along this journey. My broad goal in this thesis is to improve the quality of teacher education at Universitas Terbuka UT through broadening the notion of reflection in its curriculum. As writing autobiography is one of the pathways to becoming a reflective teacher, I would like to experience the process of writing autobiography before I introduce the idea to student teachers.
Skip to content. My teaching journey has always been a fascinating one - mostly because I never intended to be a teacher in the first place. Possibly because my greatest influence as a teacher has been my mother. A teacher of Modern Greek, my mother embodies everything I admire in teachers - that is, a sense of sharing, gratitude and kindness. She has always been a true educator who sees students as individuals with unique personalities, needs and strengths.
I was born an American, but growing up in a small town in Ohio, I sometimes felt like I was on the outside, looking in on American society. When I told them I was Indian, they asked me what tribe. My teachers, however, helped me feel like I was an important part of America—and all the possibilities that come with it. For example, Mr. Quinn, my comparative world government teacher, opened my eyes to international perspectives on American democracy.