Me Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow
In this paper, I will be reflecting back on my young life and the situations and decisions that lead me to where I am today. I will be reviewing Uri Bronfenbrenner’s theories and how they relate to me. I will discuss how his ecological theory’s contexts (Witt & Mossler, 2010, Urie Bronfenbrenner and Ecological Theory, para 2.8) have affected my development into the person I am now. Urie Bronfenbrenner believed that human development formed from the interaction of a person and their environment (Witt & Mossler, 2010, Urie Bronfenbrenner and Ecological Theory, para 2.8). Am I a product of my environment? Did growing up in a small city mold me into who I am today? Possibly that is true. I will also touch upon John Holland’s personality-type theory (Witt & Mossler, 2010, John Holland and the Personality Theory of Career Satisfaction, para 2.9) and where I fall within it. John Holland theorized that a person’s personality strongly relates to their career satisfaction (Witt & Mossler, 2010, John Holland and the Personality Theory of Career Satisfaction, para 2.9). Did I choose my current career or even my field of study, based on my personality type? I will discuss these things, the dreams I had as a small child, and where I plan to go in life from here.
Growing up in the small city of Greenville, MS, I was surrounded by poverty. The average household income today is only $31,000 a year (Economic Statistics: Mississippi). Mississippi was and still is one of the leading states in the nation for high poverty rates, averaging more than 20% from 1980 to 2007 (US Poverty Rates). The funny thing is I didn’t realize that I was living in poverty. I just knew we had less than some of the other students I went to school with. I did however realized that that was not where I wanted to be for the rest of my life. Utilizing Bronfenbrenner’s theory, my development fell into the exosystem approach (Witt & Mossler, 2010,...
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