August 6, 2012
A. Thesis Statement- My life may not be perfect but its mine and I choose to live it to the fullest. I have gone through many trials and tribulations and have learned many things from my experiences, most of all I have learned to just take it one day at a time. My past helps make my present possible so that I make the future happen. II. Body Paragraph #1- My childhood laid the groundwork for my journey into adolescence and adulthood. A. John Locke said “the mind of an infant is a tabula rasa (a blank slate) on which the world writes; all ideas come from experience” (Witt & Mossler, 2010, section 2.1, para. 4). B. I truly believe that when we first come into the world that we are “blank slates” and we learn everything we know from our parents and the people who surround us on a daily basis. We generate our general knowledge from those closest to us, the people we depend on for our survival in the early years of life. My mother was and is my lifeline, she helped mold me into the person I am today. C. As a child, you learn just about everything from experience. For example, I learned to spell at the age of 2 because my mother not only spoke words to me, she spelled them out to me as well. I was able to spell and understand large words such as boa constrictor at the age of 4. Had I not experienced this, I doubt I would have been able to spell and read at such an early age. III. Body Paragraph #2- Learning from my experiences as a child motivated me to want to learn more causing a great curiosity that drove me to experiment more. A. As a child I was quite curious always looking for answers and my cognitive development was at its peak during this stage of my life. I had the need to know why and how things worked and would stop at nothing to gain these answers. Piaget’s theory states that each child goes through stages that increases the level of cognitive sophistication. Lawrence Kohlberg a fan of Piaget, developed a theory of moral development, which poses the “what if” questions. B. In my case, I skipped some of these stages and went straight to the experimental stage. I was obsessed with the “what if” factors of life. C. During this phase of my life I learned a lot about myself through experimenting with family and friends. For instance, I would test my mother’s rules and disciplinary practices by purposefully not listening to see how far I could go before my mother would punish me. To this day I still test the limits on everything I do which makes me a better person because I am always looking for new and innovative ways to form my own ideas and theories. I am somewhat like a thrill seeker in the essence that I am always looking to learn something new about myself.
IV. Body Paragraph#3- Albert Bandura’s theory is based on the idea that people learn from watching others. A. My personality, in my opinion, is unique and fits me perfectly but I must give credit to my family and friends because I learned a lot by watching them. B. I learned to speak my mind by watching my mother’s interactions with other people. At first, I just blurted out what came to mind, but after paying more attention to how my mother addressed specific people in different situations, I learned how to communicate and express my feeling and opinions in a way that was not offensive. C. I was voted and won the most outspoken award in highschool. I pride myself on the fact that I can successfully communicate my feelings and thoughts in a manner that is efficient. My friends always come to me for advice because they know I will be brutally honest with them and they appreciate my honesty. V. Conclusion
A. Using my past experiences as a road map has helped me find my way to the present and will ultimately guide my future. B. I love my life and look forward to many more endeavors. Gaining knowledge from...