So fun fact: I speak German – Ich spreche Deutsch. It's ridiculously difficult – Es ist sehr schwierig.
Bildung means formation. Roman means novel.
So literally: formation-novel.
I think this word captures the idea of a coming-of-age story perfectly. It strongly focuses on the formation of a character as they progress through challenging phases of life.
Although I don't feel like I strongly identify with any of the characters from The Poisonwood Bible, I feel as if there are bits and parts from each character that I can relate to and have sometimes experienced in my own life. I will specifically talk about Leah in this entry.
Leah starts the novel as "daddy's little girl" and also wants to please her dad as well as be close to him. As the novel progresses, her relationship with her father starts to deteriorate and she finds comfort and meaning in the relationship she develops with Anatole.
Although my relationship with my parents hasn't deteriorated, I still find that I am much more independent now than I was at the start of high school and middle school. I have found much more meaning and comfort in the relationships with my friends as well as my mentors, just like Leah has with Anatole.
I can strongly sympathize with Leah as she drifts farther and farther away from her father, as I have with my own parents. The one contrast is that I have not drifted away in a negative way – I just see it as a process of growth that naturally occurs as you age.
I think that senior year at ICS will play the most prominent and impactful role in my coming-of-age journey. It will be such an emotionally challenging year since it is the last of my time at ICS, and I will need to make the most out of my relationships with various people. Heading off to college soon will put everything into perspective, and force me to grow in a profound way. It won't be easy by any means, but I feel like it will be an enjoyable year and I hope to go out strong.