Chae Kline: If I Was a Shoe…


My name is Chae Kline. I am a sixteen-year-old junior at Eastern York High School, and to many I might appear to be a normal teenage girl. But I have a confession to make… I am a shoe addict. That’s right, I’ve said it once, and I’ll say it again! I love shoes! I own upwards of eighty pairs of shoes in varying styles, including carefree flip-flops, versatile boots, colorful ballet flats, practical sneakers, and unpractical pumps. I have imagined the perfect shoe to symbolize my physical characteristics, personality, hobbies, and aspirations: a wedge-heeled, round-toed boot adorned in hot pink suede with a mid-calf rise and a zipper closure.

First, let’s assess the height characteristic of this boot. It rises midway on the calf rather than to the knee because I am not very tall. I am lucky to be 5’2 when standing with my back straight and stiff. I am petite, and have a rather difficult time finding pants that do not drag on the floor. I am often seen with a cuff at the bottom of my jeans in order to solve this dilemma caused by my small stature. However, this height problem does not hinder me in my favorite pastime: Shopping!
The color and material of the boot, hot pink suede, are meant to depict my personality. During class, I am generally soft-spoken, quiet, and easy-going. However, when in the company of friends of family, I am loud and extrovert (much like hot pink would be if it had a sound). Hot pink, my favorite color, is vivid and vibrant. Comparatively, I would describe myself as a creative, pleasant girl with a bright persona and a desire to have fun.
The round toe of this boot reflects that I am well-rounded with school, work, and extracurricular activities. I academically rank among the top ten of my class and am class secretary. I am a Student Council representative as well as a member of National Honor Society, SADD, chorus, and concert choir. In addition, I am a part of school musicals performed by Eastern York’s Broadway Knights. I attend an entertaining youth group on Sunday evenings at Zion United Methodist Church. On weekends, I work as a cashier at Sear’s. This is my second year writing for the Teen Takeover staff.
This boot has a wedge heel because a wedge offers the ankle much more support than a stiletto. Likewise, I am supportive of my friends and family in all of their endeavors. I am willing to offer my time and talents to others. For example, I assist classmates and my younger brother, Blade, with homework. I also volunteer at elementary schools within my school district, especially during the holiday season. Other community service projects are accomplished with Student Council and National Honor Society.
The zipper closure on this boot must be aligned with its track in order to function properly. Similarly, I am aligned with my track of goals and aspirations for my future. As a senior next year, I plan on participating in a school-to-work program. I will be volunteering as a teacher’s assistant at an elementary school for one semester. After graduation, I would like to attend a local college such as York College or Shippensburg University in order to pursue degrees in Elementary Education and Special Education. I am also exploring the possibility of bilingual certification after extending my study of Spanish.

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