In Search Of Self: Tina Strobos
By Becca Young
Tina Strobos hid people from the Nazis.
She was not quite 20 years old when the Nazi army invaded Holland. She was dutch and lived in Amsterdam. She was a college medical student. She became involed the day after the invasion. I assume that Tina and her mother believed that it was their mission to help the Jews. Through out her time helping the Jews, they helped a Jewish leader. He got Tina to join his group. He wanted her to do a specific task and she refused. In the article, "Tina Strobos Tells her Story", its says " He said "You're in an army now. You either obey the rules or you're thrown out!" I said, "Well, I can't obey orders", and I was ousted from the group." At this point I believe she found part of herself.
Search of self in The Diary Of Anne Frank
In the future Anne sees herself as a very different person than her mother was. She sees herself going to Paris to study art and music. In the play, anne tell her mother, "... Things have changed. People arent like that anymore. "Yes Mother". "No Mother". "Anything you say Mother". I've got to fight things out for myself!" This Anne explaining how different Anne and her mother are.
In Search of Self is a relevant theme of my life
We remember people like Tina Strobos because they can be used as examples for people everywhere. We can relate her to the Civil Rights Movement. Like Tina, it took many people time to realize where their best place was to help and serve.
The events in Baltimore are (I'm sure) helping students and adults who they really are. The events are causing theme to realize where they truly stand.
I'd like to say that if I was in a situation like Tina's that I could do what she did. I am not sure that at this point in time I could. Now, over the past two years I have changed physically and mentally. My friends and family would say that I am more mature, and that I have found who I temporarily going to be.
Character is determined in a crisis
Bad things do happen; how I respond to them defines my character and the quality of my life. I can choose to sit in perpetual sadness, immobilized by the gravity of my loss, or I can choose to rise from the pain and treasure the most precious gift I have - life itself.
Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved.