My Life Through Words

Erika Rosenbloom Autobiography

Chapter 1: My Name

I know that my names comes from a family member that died previous me being born. I don't really know what Erika means at all. The name Erika is originated from both Hungry and America. In Hungarian, Erika means: Powerful, and in American it means: noble.

I was named after my moms fathers mother, Ethel. I am named after her because my father is partly jewish, and in the jewish religion, newborns are named after to last to die in the family. My name is part ethnic and part symbolic. My parents decided on it together, and they didn't like the name ethel, so they used the "E." I was named before I was even born. Some possible names were Lauren and Kristina, before Ethel died.

I believe my name partly fits my personality. I am more of a leader rather than a follower, and see myself as a powerful and strong minded person. If i were to choose a name for myself it would probably be Lydia, I've always liked that name, but I'm not going to change my name.

A lot of people have created nicknames for me based off my name. Some nicknames I've received are: Airwrecka, Uka-Durk, Erikey, and as a joke some people use to call me Erik.

I take pride in my name because, though I never met my great grandmother Ethel, I've been told by family members she was a great woman who raised three sons and was loved by everyone that knew her

Chapter 4: Words That Describe Me



A: Academic. I am very academic, and take school very seriously, and nenjoy getting good grades.

B: Bubbly. I guess being a cheerleader makes me peppy and bubbly.

C: Competitive. I've been playing sports my whole life, and always want to be on the winning team.

D: Diligent. I do everything i'm suppose to, and am a very hard worker when it comes to academics.

E: Energetic. I am a hyper kid, and put my all into everything I do.

F: Fearless.

G: Genuine. I tell everyone the truth, and won't lie to anyone. I tell it how it is.

H: Hilarious. I can make people laugh very easily, and can crack a joke at any time.

I: Integrity. I have strong morals, and live by a certain code of conduct.

J: Jovial. I am cheerful and friendly when I am taking care of the toddlers at my church. I love little kids.

K: Kindhearted. I will never betray my friends or family, and will do anything for the ones I love.

L: Little. I hear almost every day how short I am, and i'm not even five feet yet!

M: Meticulous. I pay attention to every little detail for EVERYTHING.

N: Neat. I'm a bit of a neat freak, and am content when everything is in order.

O: Oblivious. I can be on top of the game, or be completely lost and confused.

P: Passionate. I am not a quitter, and put all my heart into any task I start.

Q: Quirky. I have flaws like everyone, but am not as good at hiding my flaw as some people.

R: Reliable. I am always available for friends and family if they're going through a hard time.

S: Strong. I am both physically and mentally strong. I don't let people get to me, and I am very muscular.

T: Tedious. When it comes to schoolwork and writing papers, I am tedious, and take forever!

U: Upbeat. I try and bring positivity and light to every situation, even the not so great ones.

V: Vocal. I am vocal when it comes to standing up for things I believe in, like the fact that cheerleading is a sport.

W: Worrisome. I am constantly stressing over school, and am always worried about something.

X: Xanthoriatic. I'm smart when it comes to studying and school, but I am not street smart.

Y: Young. I am the youngest of two, being 14 and my sister Alysse is 16.

Z: Zany. I am a clown sometimes, accidentally and purposely, it depends. I like to make people laugh!

Chapter 6: And The Band Played On

Chapter Six Autobiography

And the Band Played On

Erika Rosenbloom


  1. What is the role of music in your life? I enjoy listening to music from time to time. If I'm stressed or nervous for something like a test or a competition, music usually calms me down a bit.

  2. What genres of music do you listen? Do you listen to specific genres for specific purposes or at specific times? When I'm studying I like to listen to classical music. When I'm in the shower I listen to pop, and when I am feeling stressed at night or something I'll usually listen to my playlist, which is mostly Pop.

  3. Make a list of bands/singers/groups that you love. Birdy, Ed Sheeran, Imagine Dragons, Sam Smith, Miley Cyrus, Maroon 5, and Colbie Caillat.

  4. Make a list of songs that you love. Sirens, Surrender, Skinny Love, Warriors, and Take Me To Church, any cheer mix, chandelier, and Try.

  5. Do you have any songs that have stories connected to them? For example, the song “Yellow” by Coldplay is special to me because it was playing on the radio when I was driving in the car on the way to the hospital when my daughter was born. Yellow turned out to be her favorite color. The song Adore You by Miley Cyrus. After the 2014 Summit National Championship, and we made it to day 2 in fifth place, we all went back into my friend Gabbie’s hotel room and someone played this song, and every time I listen to it, it reminds me of that amazing time.

  6. Choose one piece of music as your personal theme song. Copy the lyrics (if there are lyrics) give the title, and the artist.

“Try” Colbie Caillat

Put your make up on

Get your nails done

Curl your hair

Run the extra mile

Keep it slim

So they like you. Do they like you?


Get your sexy on

Don't be shy, girl

Take it off

This is what you want, to belong

So they like you. Do you like you?


You don't have to try so hard

You don't have to give it all away

You just have to get up, get up, get up, get up

You don't have to change a single thing


You don't have to try, try, try, try

You don't have to try, try, try, try

You don't have to try, try, try, try

You don't have to try

You don't have to try


Oh


Get your shopping on,

At the mall,

Max your credit cards

You don't have to choose,

Buy it all

So they like you. Do they like you?


Wait a second,

Why should you care, what they think of you

When you're all alone, by yourself

Do you like you? Do you like you?


You don't have to try so hard

You don't have to give it all away

You just have to get up, get up, get up, get up

You don't have to change a single thing


You don't have to try so hard

You don't have to bend until you break

You just have to get up, get up, get up, get up

You don't have to change a single thing


You don't have to try, try, try, try

You don't have to try, try, try, try

You don't have to try, try, try, try

You don't have to try


You don't have to try, try, try, try

You don't have to try, try, try, try

You don't have to try, try, try, try

You don't have to try

You don't have to try


No

Oh


You don't have to try so hard

You don't have to give it all away

You just have to get up, get up, get up, get up

You don't have to change a single thing


You don't have to try, try, try, try

You don't have to try, try, try, try

You don't have to try

You don't have to try


Take your make up off

Let your hair down

Take a breath

Look into the mirror, at yourself

Don't you like you?

Cause I like you


7. Explain why you like the song. I just think it is a really beautiful song, and has so much meaning and positivity, my sister showed me this and ever since I thought it was beautiful.

8. Explain how the song represents you. Which character traits or personal qualities does it reflect? How? This song represents me because I really believe in the inner beauty is greater outer beauty, and it encourages girls to love yourself no matter what. The music video for this song is also amazing, and so meaningful, teens care too much about appearances, and this song is trying to say that you shouldn’t care about the exterior not the interior.

9.Which lyrics are most meaningful? Why? “You don't have to try so hard

You don't have to give it all away

You just have to get up, get up, get up, get up

You don't have to change a single thing.” They have so much meaning, and speak so much truth. They are very inspiring.

Chapter 7: Likes/ Dislikes

Likes

  • Sushi.

  • Summer

  • The beach

  • Writing

  • Cheerleading/ tumbling

  • Traveling

  • Compassionate people

  • Funny people

  • Reading

  • The Tv show "Finding Carter"

  • The Tv show "Pretty Little Liars"

  • Giving people advice and support

  • Roller coasters

  • Snorkeling

  • Boating

  • Skiing


Dislikes


  • Rude people

  • People that act like they know everything

  • Stress

  • Tests

  • Headaches

  • People that judge others without even knowing them

  • Mental illnesses

  • Fighting with family or friends

  • The dentists office

  • Eggplant

  • Upsetting others

  • Seeing others hurting or upset

  • Being the only one that does the work in a group project

  • All the crime in the world

  • People that act like they're better than everyone

Chapter 8: Examined Life

Good traits:

I can make people laugh

I think logically

I'm compassionate toward those in need

I am a good sister

I would never be able to hurt any human or animal

I appreciate the little things in life

I also appreciate people that have helped me succeed

I get good grades

I give 100% in everything I do

I'm a hard worker

I have goals for the future



Negative traits:

I am rude at times

I get frustrated easily

I expect perfection from myself and this is not achievable

I get angry with myself over small things

I beat myself up over Insignificant things

I worry about things I cannot change

I stress too much and sometimes my stress gives people bad vibes

I'm a procrastinator

I can be really mean to the people I love when I'm in a bad mood

I sleep too much

I hold grudges

I tend to talk to much

I say what's on my mind all the time and sometimes it may hurt others

Chapter 9: My Stressers

1. I usually worry about how others think of me. I'm very body conscious and am always wondering what people think when they look at me. I know I shouldn't care what others think of me but I do a lot.
2. I feel angry when people don't listen to me. Sometimes I have good ideas and insight on a subject but people don't listen to me because I'm young.


3. I’m moody when I am tired. I stay up very late every night doing homework and get maybe 6 hours of sleep during the week, so I'm usually very irritable. I am not a morning person either, so I am usually moody in the mornings as well.

4. I’m happiest when I am completely stress free. I am usually completely stress free during the summer, well at least free from school stress, and school is a big stresser for me.


5. I feel confident when I get compliments. I feel like this applies to everyone, but for me personally I always second guess myself on everything, test answers, outfit choices, comments, etc. When someone tells me I look nice or that I probably did well on the test because I'm smart it raises my confidence level a lot.

6. I feel frustrated when I don't get "perfect" grades. I know that no one is perfect and we are human, we're bound to make mistakes, but I always expect myself to get in the A range, and it is very frustrating when I don't achieve this goal.


7. I feel depressed when I get anxiety. I struggle with anxiety, and I feel like everything I do is just not good enough and like I'm not good enough. I stress about things I cannot control and things that are so unimportant. When I get anxious I feel like there is no escape and that the world is crashing down.


8. I am comfortable when I'm laying in bed watching Netflix on the weekends on during the summer. I love laying in bed and relaxing and feeling care free. I feel comfortable knowing that I have nothing to do and no responsibilities, and most of the time when I have no responsibilities I lay in bed and relax.


9. I feel nervous when I am about to take a test. I always feel like i'm going to fail or forget all of the information I studied. I bite my nails when I'm nervous, it's a bad habit. I get nervous when I'm about to speak in front of people or take any type of assessment.


10. I feel sentimental when I see people that struggle with mental disabilities. I have so much love for kids with disabilities and can see myself working with them when I am older. It brings me so much joy when I see them smile and laugh, and it makes me so emotional that they were born like this and are different but they don't even know and they don't care, they're just happy.

Chapter 11: Life Lessons

  • Appreciate your family

  • Don't take things for granted

  • Don't let people matter that don't matter in the entirety of your life affect you and your discussions

  • Appreciate things while you have them, because you never realize how important they are until they're gone

  • Don't push people away

  • Not trying hard in elementary school

  • Fighting parents when they were only trying to look out for me

  • Getting caught up in drama

  • Hurting people that really cared about me



I have a tendency to push people away, I find it to be easier than letting people get to know me very well. I think that pushing people away will protect me from pain and feeling hurt, but some people actually really do care about me, but I don't like to get too close to people. I've learned that pushing people away is just going to end up hurting me In the end. I had a very close friend, Sitka. We were very close friends, and when I thought we were getting too close I pushed him away, which hurt him, and ultimately hurt me. We aren't close anymore, and rarely talk. I wish I realized before that he actually really cared about me a lot, and that it's okay to open up to people. If I wasn't so scared to open up to people I would still have him in my life, and I carry a lot of regret about it.


One lesson that I didn't learn before it was too late, but learned the hard way is appreciating things/people while you have them because within the blink of an eye they can be gone. My sister has been very sick for the past 4 years, being in and out of hospitals. My sister is the closest person on this earth to me, and being away from her has been a battle for me. This year my sister went to Cumberland in Virginia for 6 months. These past six months have been extremely tough on me. I never realized how close Alysse and I were and how much I truely love my sister and cherish her until she was gone. Alysse is home now, thank god, but her and I are closer than ever because I am starting to learn that I need to cherish people/loved one’s more.

Chapter 12: My Year Of Reading

This year I've ready many books, not only in English, but for social studies and for pleasure. During the summer before my freshman year I read "The Prince and the Pauper," and "Sleeping Freshman Never Lie." In English, my class read, "Night," "Of Mice and Men," and "To Kill a Mockingbird." For independent reading I read, "Fangirl," "Wintergirls," "Captains Courageous," and "Zac and Mia." In Global Studies we read "Colors of the Mountain" and "Persepolis." I enjoyed most of the books I read this year, and was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed the book we read in English. Usually books in English class are boring and educational, but I found many life lessons within the books I read freshman year, especially "To Kill a Mockingbird."

Chapter 13: What Freindship Means to me

To me, a friend is someone you can always rely on and someone you can tell anything to without feeling ashamed or embarrassed. A friendship should be valued by each person in the relationship. Both people have to be willing and feel the same about the other to have a healthy friendship. Friends are like a support system, you ask them for advice and their opinions on things and ask them before you make important decisions. Friendship is a very valuable thing, and some people, like myself, don’t realize how important a friend means to us until they’re no longer our friend. You can’t take advantage of your friends and treat them badly, people won’t stay and take abuse from you, and I’ve learned this the hard way. Some of my close friends include Abby Meyer, Lindsay Darkow, Michelle Casey, Miranda Cropper, Mason Pflug, and Jack Fletcher. I trust all of these people completely, and I think they trust me just as much as I trust them. Friendship also doesn’t always have to be so serious, you have to be able to joke around with your friends, laughing and joking around with friends is fun. I have lost a number of friendships because one of the two people are putting in more effort and the other doesn’t really care about the relationship. Also, not being able to trust ruins a friendship, trust is very important and crucial in a friendship and in any relationship.
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