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This is the 1st paragraph to my essay:
Social awkwardness

Ever since I can remember people have always commented on my height, this made me very uncomfortable and awkward about it around my peers. I recall a time when my mother got into an argument with a woman at an Easter egg hunt about my age. She stated to my mother that it was shame that an eight year old child would be placed into a four year old egg hunt. My mother informed her that I was truly only four, just rather tall for my age. It seems my mother has always been trying to justify my age to everyone, really making me feel that I really didn’t belong.

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    A first paragraph should include a thesis statement. What is your thesis statement?

    http://www.unc.edu/depts/wcweb/handouts/thesis.html

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    Sorry this was my 1st and the one above is my 2nd.

    Imagine being 6’3” in the eighth grade and everyone in the school making comments about your height. There are definitely advantages and disadvantages to being tall. My best friend’s mother sent me a quote written by Bill Walton that read:”Hey, this is me; I’m this way and I’m going to make the best of my life and I’m not going to let other people’s hang-ups about me restrict my life.” It was at this time that I began to rethink why I had such a lack of confidence about my size. The social awkwardness that I was so self- conscious of in elementary school, made me very insecure with being taller than my peers, but eventually in high school the basketball scholarship offers that led to the free education were advantages in learning to cope with my height.

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    Neither paragraph contains a recognizable thesis statement.

    Which sentence (ONE sentence only) do you consider to be the thesis?

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    The last one.

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    This one?? Sorry, but it's not!
    It seems my mother has always been trying to justify my age to everyone, really making me feel that I really didn’t belong.

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    Your thesis statement must include factual information (which you already have) plus your position/opinion/stance. Without your position on the topic, it isn't a true thesis statement. So think of this sentence as the angle you want to take on the topic and what you intend to prove by the end of your paper. (If your statement is simply factual, then there's nothing to prove!)

    http://blog.eduify.com/index.php/2009/06/21/5-tips-on-how-to-write-a-strong-thesis-statement/
    Read carefully and follow ALL directions.

    http://leo.stcloudstate.edu/acadwrite/thesistatement.html
    This is one of the very best places I've seen online to help students write good thesis statements. It shows you sentences that aren't thesis statements and how to turn each one into real thesis statements.

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    Here is my entire essay: I thought the last sentence in the 1st paragraph would be my thesis statement.

    Imagine being 6’3” in the eighth grade and everyone in the school making comments about your height. There are definitely advantages and disadvantages to being tall. My best friend’s mother sent me a quote written by Bill Walton that read:”Hey, this is me; I’m this way and I’m going to make the best of my life and I’m not going to let other people’s hang-ups about me restrict my life.” It was at this time that I began to rethink why I had such a lack of confidence about my size. The social awkwardness that I was so self- conscious of in elementary school, made me very insecure with being taller than my peers, but eventually in high school the basketball scholarship offers that led to the free education were advantages in learning to cope with my height.
    Ever since I can remember people have always commented on my height, this made me very uncomfortable and awkward about it around my peers. Others acted as if my height was built on a grand scale like the Washington Monument. I recall a time when my mother got into an argument with a woman at an Easter egg hunt about my age. She stated to my mother that it was a shame that an eight year old child would be placed into a four year old egg hunt. My mother informed her that I was truly only four, just rather tall for my age. It seems my mother has always been trying to justify my age to everyone, really making me feel that I really didn’t belong.
    Now entering my senior year of high school, at the age of seventeen I am beginning to realize the advantages of being so tall, and the benefits of it. At 6’8” and still growing, basketball has become a way of life and created many opportunities for me. Many people dream about going to the school of their choice and now this could be a major reality for me. The basketball scholarship offers are coming in from all over the country for me to come and play at their institution. Whoever thought the kid who was so tall and awkward would be given so many choices to attend a school of their dreams, a basketball scholarship for four years to an institution of my choice, “WOW!”
    A free education is what so many parents dream about for their children, and with the cost of higher education tuition, so many are trying to get an athletic scholarship to cover the rising price of a college degree. Each year the cost of tuition rises several thousand dollars, causing many students and their families to take out student loans to cover these costs. The height that I had been so self conscious of, is now going to be the ticket I need to pay for my education to a school of my choice. Not having to worry about paying a loan when I graduate from college is a major relief to me and my family. Even though many people told me to use my height to my advantage, I never really understood what they meant by this until now, a free education.
    The social awkwardness that I endured in elementary school, which made me so very self-conscious and insecure because of being so much taller than everyone else, has eventually given me the advantages of basketball scholarship offers I needed to receive a free education. Whoever thought the awkward looking kid who was always hunched over to avoid really showing my true height would be in my present situation? I have now gained the confidence to stand tall and proud and to embrace my height as an advantage not a disadvantage. Elementary school seems so distant now and as I reflect on what my worries were then, I kind of chuckle about what stressed me out. If I learned anything from all of this, it is to not reflect on negative self-images because of the stress it created and limitations it set on my true ability, but rather reflect on the positive self-image, believing the sky in the limit.

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    Almost -- but it's too long. How can you keep most of the wording, but cut it down to include ONLY thesis statement thoughts?

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    Will this work?

    The social awkwardness that I was so self-conscious of in school, made me very insecure with being tall, but eventually in high school the basketball scholarship offers that led to the free education were advantages to coping with my height.

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    This part should be the basis of your thesis:
    "basketball scholarship offers that led to the free education were advantages to coping with my height"

    The first part of what you wrote should be a separate sentence.

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    What about the social awkwardness I used in the 2 paragraph of the essay? Don't I have to include that too?

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    Not in the thesis statement.

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    Make sure you go back and READ and STUDY all the information in the links I gave you. (There's no way you could have done that in the 7 minutes between that post above and your following post.)

    READ and STUDY -- be clear on what a thesis statement includes AND WHAT IT DOESN'T.

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