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  • Exposition (A)
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  • Rising Action (A)
  • Climax (A)
  • I study as hard as I can! There's so much material and I can't keep up with learning it all
  • You're only passing one of your classes, Sofia. If you can't pull your grades up, you're going to face being suspended.
  • Five hours away from her home town where almost everyone is Mexican or Mexican-American, Sofia moves into her dorm room at college, unsure about the new area and her new roommate, Jessica.
  • Climax (A)
  • You're overreacting. It's not even dirty. Mind your own business.
  • Sofia struggles to keep up with the material being taught in her classes at college. Even though she was at the top of her class in high school, the classes are more fast-paced and the material is more complex than what she experienced and high-school. She was not well-prepared by her grade-school experience for the expectations of her professors.
  • Falling Action (A)
  • Perhaps you could try scheduling the time you'll spend on each assignment. Write rough drafts and utilize office hours and my feedback on your drafts before turning them in!
  • Since Sofia struggles to keep up in classes, her grades drop below the acceptable limit and she faces academic probation if she can't improve her grades. Sofia keeps this from her family. She doesn't want to admit to them that she's struggling with class and failing.
  • Resolution (A)
  • Tensions rise between Sofia and her roommate. They have different ideas about what it means to keep a clean room and Jessica is always having people over, disturbing Sofia when she's trying to keep up with her schoolwork.
  • This is ridiculous! I can never concentrate and it's always so dirty. I would get in so much trouble at home if I left my room like this
  • One of the suggestions of the disciplinary action Sofia faced for her grades was to seek support from her professors. Even though she's worried they won't understand where she's coming from and why she's struggling, she seeks the help anyway. It turns out that her professors not only help her understand the content, but also give her good tips about time management and writing help and her grades improve.
  • Since Sofia was able to improve her grades for the remainder of college without ever letting her family know that she was struggling in fear of their reaction, she graduates with a Bachelors Degree in Psychology, and is striving to become a counselor for other Latina/o/x students like herself who are struggling in school because of the implications of the conflicts of being bicultural.
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