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​ he t 14 ​years​ of my

​Life By:Tarik Sirrik


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Dedication:

I dedicate this short book to my brother, he always showing me the right direction


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Table Of Context: Chapter 1:​Childhood---------------------------------------------------pg.4 Chapter 2:​Family-------------------------------------------------------pg.6 Chapter 3:​The Past-----------------------------------------------------pg.8 Chapter 4:​Friends-----------------------------------------------------pg.10 Chapter 5:​Hobbies----------------------------------------------------pg.11 Chapter 6:​School-----------------------------------------------------pg.13 Chapter 7:​Change-----------------------------------------------------pg.15 Chapter 8:​Admire-----------------------------------------------------pg.16 Chapter 9:​Goals-------------------------------------------------------pg.18 Chapter 10:​Experience-----------------------------------------------pg.19


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Chapter 1:Childhood My name is Tarik Sirrik.I was born in Istanbul,Turkey.The date was March 31 2002.(I was born in the Asia part).During my babyhood I remember one significant day.It was a hot summer day and all I wanted to do is swim,but I couldn't swim because I was a baby.That day I remember my big brother getting to swim and I had to watch him from the balcony of our apartment. I parents told me that I cried for a long time on that balcony and that there excuse for not letting me swim was that it was the “big kids pool”.We had moved from that apartment to another place in Turkey called Kayseri.Kayseri was one of the most industrialized places in Turkey and was very different then Istanbul,it took time to get used to,with all the big buildings.I spent a few years there and we finally moved to America to a place called Edison,New Jersey. I don't remember my first tooth but I remember my first words,Anne(Mom).My parents told me that I spent most of my time playing with my toys then rather hang out with kids.I had this one toy car that I didn’t let leave my side through most of my childhood.But after a few years before I left Turkey I met these two kids.We had been friends since then always sticking together and playing games with each other.But sadly after a few years of having an incredible friendship with them we all left our separate ways.I flew to New Jersey with another kid,while our third friend flew all the way to Los Angeles. Surprisingly after a few years of not managing to make friends my mother bring me to this kids birthday party.There I had the surprise of my life,the kids that I was friends with since my childhood were there.One of our most memeroable moment was on the beach we had built a castle and played in the water.During my 7th or 8th birthday party all my friends came with some new ones.We quickly became friends and now the trio became four people.These four friend are still my friends to this day and wes still see each other whenever possible. Most of my pets have been aquatic animals.I had 2 pet turtles when I was little they always managed to get out of their aquarium and unto the table or even the floor.After a while both of the turtles sadly died.We got a few fish after but I couldn't get used them they either died or-


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-escaped while we cleaned the aquarium. There had been a few cats in my house as well in Turkey.They weren’t actually my pets but we looked after them and feed them whenever they came to our house. Out of all the fun I had in my childhood was actually the time were my friends came and we just walked the streets of Turkey.We walked around bought chips drank soda and played soccer for the rest of the day.There was no responsibility we were free of work,all we did was have fun and play games with each other.It might not be a signifant thing but was a memorable thing.


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Chapter 2:Family “Family isn't important, it's everything”-Michael J Fox Of 6 billion people in the world,there are only 6 related to me.They are my family.My mother,Raife and my father,Oktay.My siblings are Sadik,the smallest.Then there is my little sister Rukiye,she's the 3rd oldest.After her is me,and then my brother,Ahmet.I have a few cousins,aunts and uncles but don’t really remember much after that. My mother is a pretty tall woman that wears a scarf(muslim).ONe of her favorite activities is to just travel,she has a list of places to visit that includes:France,Italy,England,Germany,etc.As all mothers she is selfless,only cares for the other around her.An example of this is she and her friends have opened several charity programs to collect money and even make food for the poor.One of our favorite hobbies would include shopping and just walking the streets of big cities. My father is also pretty tall,but other then that he's just a normal guy with a mustache.One of his favorite things to do is also his work,that is to tinker with electronic tools.If its electronic then its fun according to my father.One of my favorite traits about him is his hardworking personality. Whatever the problem is he never gives up,he either solves it or we have to drag him out of it.Even though our time together might seem simple that's the best part.We just go out for a walk around our neighborhood.What my dad is very proud of is his work,no matter what it is. The only thing that keeps our house an interesting place are my siblings.Our hobbies with them include games like hide & seek to just walking to the ice-cream parlor.My big brother and even the my little siblings have my best interest in their mind.Maybe not the kids but my brother certainly does.The 2 little ones are currently in 2nd and 4th grade.While it's my borther first day in college.One of our most memorable moments was on the beach.It was an beatiful day and just really fun to swim. My grandparents are on off the best people I know.They are extremely kind and patient.Always loving his no matter the flaws.Our fun with them consists mostly of picnics.Out in the lush green plains we just sit down and start munching on sandwiches.One of our “fun” experinces was during a walk.We had gotten candy and on our way back home,then out of nowhere my grandfather got his nails stuck in a tree.Don’t even ask me how,but this story ended with my grandfather missing a nail.yea,fun.But as they raised their kids,my grandparents are really generous. My big brother is a really tall guy.He has black hair and is skinny.He's the person i'm really close to in our family.This is because he has gotten been always there for me.Through thick and thin.He has gotten-


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-me gifts for doing stupid stuff.He has always done his best to let me have a nice life.Well for that,I can’t pay him back.There are a lot of memories with him,and they are all my favorite.We had gotten through adventures through the woods,playing soccer till night,and every year he would either steal my money or my candy.Fun times. All I can say is these people are my family and I love them with all my heart.I can never pay them back for their help.But I’ll try to do my very best.


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Chapter 3:Past “​Love your family. Spend time, be kind & serve one another. Make no room for regrets. Tomorrow is not promised & today is short.”​ -​Anonymous One of my most memorable family trips was only a few months.The trip had only 4 people in it.My brother,my mother and my father.We had taken a full road trip from New Jersey to Atlanta,Georgia.On the way there I felt excitement rush through me,because one of the places I wanted to visit was this very city.We were on the road for about 13 hours,and surprisingly I loved every minute of it.It was in the middle of the summer and I had opened the open to feel the warm breeze,the smell of grass and the sounds of car driving along the highway.The reason we had went to Atlanta,Georgia in the first place was to drop my brother off at his university,Emory.We had entered there and parked our car near the front of the dorm.Then out of nowhere 3 students came up to us and got my brother’s stuff from the trunk.The problem with this was the kids that were collecting the supplies though I was the one going to college.My brother had left to fill out some forms and just for the fun of it I went on with the role.The girl had asked me if I was excited for my first year,I remember laughing a little and telling her,yes that I was.I kept the gig going on until my brother returned and the girl finally realized what had happened.After that incident we went to visit downtown Atlanta.The place was buzzing with activity,and people.We walked around taking in the sights and taking pictures like classic tourists.It was like visiting New York City,but except with less lights. One of the most important Holidays we celebrate with my family is called Ramadan.It's a muslim holiday celebrated a different time every year.It starts with the whole family waking up near 6:00 o’clock in the morning,and getting ready.We head out to a building where every other Muslim families gather.It starts with an early prayer and then we start the feast.There are tables lined up with food,and just like you were at a buffet,you could eat all you wanted.After the food everyone was stuffed,while the kids(being us)ran around the room and kissed people's hands to get money.Finally the whole celebration would end with a show and everyone going home to call their relatives that live far away.That whole day it was like Christmas,everyone was joyful and laughing,we didn’t have any grudges for that day,it was peaceful. One of our biggest family tradition is going to Turkey almost every Summer.We always spend at least half of our Summer there because there is no other chance to visit our family.The airport is always the hardest part,we start off confused and not knowing where to go,but we manage to get on the plane.Most of the ride there my little brother and sister are always complaining about every little detail.I watch some movies until the ride ends with us arriving in Turkey.When we land,that moment of me seeing my cousins is an incredible feeling.That one night I can never sleep,knowing that I arrived in one of my


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favorite places in the world.The whole time I spend in Turkey is one of the greatest.I either just got out for long walks around the neighborhood,or just spend time with my relatives.My grandparents are in such a mood they they will literally buy me anything.So whenever we go somewhere they always force me to get something.When the whole thing ends,we slowly get packed up to leave.The day at the airport is really depressing,my mother is holding back tears as my father hugs his parents until next Summer.I wave and give each one of them hugs,and to be honest I had tears in my eyes too(Just a little).Sadly we board the plane,and I spend the whole time looking back. I was young at my favorite birthday party.The whole party was superhero themed and my hat was a batman one,my favorite superhero to this day.All my friends had came and the feeling of seeing them there was really awesome.They gave me boxes of different sizes and shapes and my curiosity was roaring to see what was inside them.But first,we had to cut the cake.The cake was a normal classic Hershey's cake,for a normal kid that would be “not cool” but for me there wasn’t any other cake I wanted.As we started to eat I was the center of the attention like every kid wants.all my friends gathered around and we chatted and laughed at whatever 8 year olds talk abouts.But the most memorable part of that day was the presents.That day I had gotten an R.C Chevy Camaro,Spider man web-shooter,Superman cape and everything else was cloths and toys.Those three significant gifts I got I used almost everyday of my life,right up until the web shooter ran out of web,the cape broke of all the jumping I did in it and the R.C Camaro probably broke into pieces because of the stunts jumps I made it do.But at the end of that day I was really glad all my friends came for me,so we could celebrate my birthday.


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Chapter 4:Friends “A real friend is one who walks in when the rest of the world walks out.”– Walter Winchell The first friend I had in my life were in Turkey. We’re still friends today. After moving to America, I started making friends here. Growing up, I don’t talk to most people I met here. I lost a couple fake friends in middle school. For me, friendship is a relationship where people can be themselves without judgement. My friends and I in the past spent most nights playing soccer outside. This took place in the lot behind my house in Turkey. During my life, my friends have been funny, loyal, and truthful. The best part of friendship is someone you can relate to. They can give their opinion or advice. Friends are people who you can spend your time with. They are loyal to you and offer their advice whenever you need it. Friends have a great sense of humor. You can get a laugh whenever you’re with them and feel good about it. At the lunch table, you can joke around with your best friends. They always have your back and you always have theirs. No matter what happens real friends stick together. We can play video games at home and joke around. Real friends have your back whenever you’re in a tight spot. Friends can help you by offering their opinion in a critical situation, take care of business for you, or teach you something relatable.Friends are trustworthy, dependable, and helpful. I’ve had fake friends, but the real ones have stuck with me. Friendship is a twoway bond full of trust and being able to depend on each other. Real friends are close, like family. They always have your back and give and honest opinion when you need it. You can spend years with them and not be bored.


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Chapter 5-Hobbies “Every film should have its own world ,a logic and feel to it that expands beyond the exact image that the audience is seeing”-Christopher Nolan There are many things that keep people interested.For each person it’s always going to be a little different.For me those hobbies include,directing,soccer and photography.These hobbies all became important when I realized how much I enjoy doing them.Whenever I watch movies I always feel like the directing is incredible,the way they have the camera angles,the little movements in the characters,the attention to detail,etc.Soccer was always my number one favorite sport,since I was kid. Photography just came along,it isn’t something I’m really talented in but I grew fond of it. My favorite people that I got inspired to do these hobbies would be Christopher Nolan,David Beckham and Ansel Adams. Directing,such a beautiful way of art.I had always liked movies.As I watch more and more of them I not only pay attention to the story but also all the little thing the director has put in there.If it would be the way the camera is angled to make us feel something,or if the characters do subtle movements that,if you saw it would make you gasp and also how they have a keen eye to details.I had taken a few video and put them together to make it look like a trailer.I even used my family as actors and made a trilogy of trailers. I love doing this hobby because maybe one day,I will get a lucky streak and make a movie that everyone will watch and annotate. Soccer was my favorite sport since day one.My brother had made me love wahtever I loved in soccer to this day.He showed me his favorite team and I enjoyed watching them play.Whenever my team ended up losing my brother and I would be moody the whole day.The best part about soccer and sports in general is that you can do that too.I remember days with my friends that no matter what weather we would just play soccer.During my childhood in Turkey we would go out with friends and play on streets.The feeling you get when you meg someone or score a goal is one of the best feelings of all time. Photography means a lot.It's the ability to freeze time,whatever you're seeing right in front of you,take out your camera and just click.I enjoy how you have the power to make something look amazing.It matters about the angle and the lgihting and many other things.I had started taking photos for a class project a few years ago and they turned out pretty good,so I was encouraged by my friends and family to dwell into it.I don’t have a professional camera or anything but for me it's not about the equipment.It’s about how the photo comes out at the end.


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All of these hobbies stated are things that when I do makes me feel happy.I enjoy taking photos of things and trying to get the right angles.I love playing soccer and the footwork needed to accomplish skills and tricks.I really like directing movies,where you can make a world of imagination come true.These hobbies have been my favorite since I was young,there have been many famous people doing theses hobbies that inspired me to do them as well.


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Chapter 6:School The first time I remember going to school was when I was about 3-4 years old.I didn’t go to preschool but I do remember my first grade. The school I attended to was near my old house in Edison,it was called John Marshall Elementary School.I was in that school for 5 years.The first day I remember how the class looked,there was a huge circle table near the corner of the room so we could learn English easier.That was probably the hardest problem I had to get over during my first grade life.One of the best memerioes was how the school installed a new park outside,I spent most of my after-school life there playing with my friends. I had a 2 best friends during my elementary school time.We were always together during school and even after,we always meet at the same spot and played football with each other.My time during playing we had a high schooler play with us and it took our whole team to tackle him to bring him down.We also hung out near the lunch table.The people I was friends with were known as Anthony and Michael. We were inseparable and the teachers had nicknamed the three of us the “ three musketeers.Most of our time was spent either playing sports during P.E or just having a major game of tag on the new park built near the school. One of the most recent and memorable trips I went to was to Niagara Falls.It was last year with my away-school friends.Our school was getting close to an end and before we left we went to Niagara and it was one of the funnest trips in my life.Not only was the Falls fun to visit,but the road trip was also.Once we got there and looked around we noticed that they were also doing boat trips.When we got on the boats this were the fun mostly was.They got the boat really close to the waterfall and a huge wave of mist had came.This was probably one of the best feelings and trips I went to. During my years in Middle School my favorite teacher was my Sixth grade Social Studies teacher. He was also one of the most relaxed and funny teachers I had at the time.I liked him because of his methods to teach,he made the lessons much more interesting by adding memes and jokes during each lesson,it might sound cheesy now but it was really fun.For example when he was reading the showing us the powerpoint of the lesson we were learning the last slide would always have a “meme page”


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I will always hold man memories from schools.Each years it's always a new adventure.From elementary I had always spent time playing sports with my friends.As I grew up and entered Middle School I remember going to “away-school� I spent time with those people there and became really good friends with most of them.Now as I start my high school year I hope I will gain good memories of here as well.


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Chapter 7:Change When I was younger I was more interested in stuff that I find very useless today.I was impressed in video games at the time and I played soccer.Now that my time is actually limited I have let of go of video games.It just seems really boring now,but my love for soccer has never extinguished.I have developed new and worked on my old ones.My soccer skills have been improved by practicing almost every day.I have also gained an interest in film,theaters and all in all cameras.After watching a few movies with my family I realized how you could bring a whole new world to life. Over the years my appearance has changed a lot.From a fat,chubby baby to a lesser chubby kid with a bowl haircut,to me now a freshmen with messy hair.One of the most suprising things I found about my appearance is my height.I have grown to be taller than I ever thought I was going to be.My hair has also always been a problem,it's too hard to keep straight so I really don’t bother.One of the most biggest differences was my activities.I thought that I was busy when I was a kids,and right now I realized that I was kidding myself,I can’t imagine what college and life has in store for me. When I was born on March 31s 2002 in Turkey,I guy called Abdullah Gul was the President of Turkey.Now the guy is called Edrogan.COmnsidering I did not live in Turkey that much this really has not affected me.During those years in America artist like Nickelback,Usher and Linkin Park were well known.I grew up listening to Eminem because of my brother though.Now rappers likes lil uzi,lil yachty and Big Sean are on the top.I remember tv shows like sponge-bob,scooby-doo etc.I did watch movies like Harry


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Potter,Star wars and Spider-Man as well.These have been a great way to grow up and it brings back memerioes seeing these tv-shows still going strong.It shows how the times have changed.

Chapter 8:Admire The person I admire is normally would be someone famous,for me it’s one of my best friends.My friends about my height and has brown hair.He got greenish/blue eyes and always has a smile on his face.He was always someone I would admire because he always made everyone happy.No matter if its a simple joke or accomplishing a deed.Once he gave his word on a matter he would never turn his back,he was really responsible. One of my favorite characteristics was that he was not a pessimist or an optimist,he was a realist. No matter the situation he accepted if for what it was and dealt with it.Another feature was he had a special talent to make people happy.It was his perosnalitiy that people loved and when he was happy the room was happy.The final thing I admire about him was his generosity,he gave most of what he had to others in need,even if it would cause him some hardships. His hobbies are similar to mine,that was probably one of the reasons we became such good friends.One would be soccer,we both have a great love for soccer and we played it a lot during our childhood and even in our free time.Another would be photography,we


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both loved to freeze time with a click of a button.He was better than me in photography.The final hobby that he did was collecting baseball cards,it sounds like a “classic hobby” but he actually did.He had a full notebook plus a box full of them.

One time we had taken a walk,it was a boring spring day,to hot for a jacket,but too cold or shorts.We were walking through our neighborhood just talking about life.We talked about our goals and how we wanted our future to turn out.We told funny stories about stuff that had happened in our school.When we had walked by the same house for about 3 times we decided to head back.Then right then out of nowhere a huge rainstorm started.We didn’t have anything and it was raining cats and dogs.We had to run all the way back,when we reached home I couldn't tell what was rain or sweat.But it was a fun time we had. My favorite memory with this person was during the summer.It was also raining a little bit, some drops here and there.When we finally decided to go outside,because it was getting really boring.So in all that wet grass we went outside and started to play the beautiful sport,soccer.We were passing the ball and after a few hours more people started to join.In that little backyard we had a full out soccer match,it was one of the best expreinces I ahd with all my friends.It wasn’t possible if my friends had not forced me to go outside.


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Chapter 9:Goals My first major goal in my life would be a university.For me the first choice for one would be Emory University in Atlanta,Georgia.To get ready for this goal I am trying to keep my grades and my GPA to the level that is needed to enter the school.I came up with this goal because for the goal after this one is a job,and I would like to get into business or jobs relating to them.For me to achieve either of these goals I have to work hard.They are both not very easily achievable and I have to make sure that everything is in place before I can advance,or get anywhere near accomplishing these goals. If my first goal unfortunately doesn't work out I would like to go to the Boston University of Theaters & Arts.There I would be able to learn everything essential to be able to learn how to direct movies.To get into this college i would have to have a good degree in both Literature and Theater.That would need a lot of work and focus from my part.This job could also start my career as an director in real moives.If my first goal cannot be reached then this second option could help me do something I like.I already have a love for directing movies and just loving movies. After I go through my college life and after a few years to myself and jobs I would like to get married.This is a topic that I’m not sure about,I might want to and I might


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not,not sure.But I know where I set a goal to live.I would like to live in a condo or penthouse overlooking Atlanta,Georgia or Paris,France.Both these goals require a major amount of money which is hard to get,so that is something else I have to work for.If I go with my first goal and go with Emory and business then I would like to live in Paris,having a penthouse overlooking the Eiffel Tower.If I chose the acting career and Boston University then I would like to end up In Atlanta,there would be many movies and T.V shows being filmed there and I would like to particapte in it.My penthouse would be somewhere either in downtown Atlanta.

Chapter 10:Experience I spent a whole year with strangers,that became my closest friends.In that year I learned a lot of resources about living by yourself.It was only a year ago,between the years 2015 and 2016.I had went away to South Jersey for a boarding school.There were 5 other kids there that I did not know at all,complete strangers.But after going to school together we became really good friends.After a year from separating we still talk and sometimes meet up if we have the time.Not only did we go to the same school we also went on many fun activities that bonded us. We had been going to a soccer field almost every weekends and after several weeks of training we were able to enter the tournament.We were really bad at the start of the tournament because our teamwork wasn’t near complete.Our coordination was off and we lost a few matches in the beginning. After practicing with new tactics we started to get the hang of these new skills introduced to us.Our coach was really helpful with this progress,he was the person who made the plans and guided us through the new play.We came back to the tournaments and with a rocky start we managed to win the game.We


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played by passing the ball around until an opportunity came around to score goals,and we did.The days we won we always cheered throughout the night and celebrated our victory,the days we lost the whole week we would not talk about the game and practice double the time.It was a great expreince that showed all of us teamwork. Our first school field-trip was to the Poconos Mountains.It was similar tot he CMP trip in Center Jersey College Prep.We were a group of about 15 people going to the mountains to stay in one of those house overnight.When we finally reached there it was nearing the evening so we started a fire and we all got out he marshmallows and scavenged for sticks.When we finally started the fire it started to rain cats and dogs.It was so unexpected,no one was ready and we all got wet before we could flee to the house.That day sleeping was one of the hardest things,it was freezing in the room I was sleeping in and there was nothing for entertainment.The next morning we all pulled out our hiking equipment and traversed the mountain,it quickly got out of hand with people getting lost and us getting chased by a dog through the wood.But at the end of the day we all enjoyed it no matter the flaws. The last field-trip we went was with a smaller group of about 7 people.We had decided to visit the Canadian border and see Niagara Falls.It was a cold,but beatiful morning when we reached there.Walking by the railings we could see the great Falls,it looked really majestic.Compared to the pictures it was huge.We didn’t stop there either,we decided to get on the boat and get a first-hand experience. While trying to reach the bottom of the canyon we went all the way up.It was a incredable view of Canada and the Falls.When we got on the boat was one of the time experience.We got really close to the Niagara Falls you could feel the mist getting you all wet and the wind about to blow you back.


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This experience has taught me a great deal of lessons.I had learned a lot of resources for my life and also how to work with other people.It was a years fll of work,fun and just having a good time.The things I learned that year I still use in my life now.Other skills I try to improve and get better at doing.But nonetheless it was one of the best and I loved every minute of it.


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