Throughout life, I have been affected by micro, meso, and macro level contexts. Little things like having a boyfriend, belonging to sports teams, and being born in a predominantly white community have affected my opinions on life and myself as a whole.
Micro: Being in a relationship at age 16 with someone who was 18 made me think to believe that I had to start acting more mature. I had just recently entered high school while he was just ending. When I was 16 years old, I still had a curfew, wasn’t allowed to go out to parties where there would be illegal and underage activity, or sleepover houses with the opposite sex. Because I saw him doing all of this, I wanted to do it too. Not because I thought he would think I was cooler, but because I wanted to hang out with the older kids who looked like they were having a lot of fun. Now you would think doing all of this would affect me in a negative way, but it made me mature in a positive way. Besides the fact that I did what my parents didn’t want me doing at a young age, I became more responsible.
Meso: I have been apart of sports throughout my high school career. They have had one of the biggest positive impacts. According to my high school, a student-athlete had to keep up with their grades to participate. Not only was this good for myself, but everyone had high grades because they wanted to be a apart of a team. This rule pushed me to get my homework done, get good grades, and not be lazy in school. Besides being part of a team, sports get you into great physical shape and keep you there. The workouts are tough and all you want to do sometimes is quit, but in the back of your mind you keep telling yourself that you’re getting this great workout. I’m extremely athletic and love to keep in shape. Keeping up with the workouts and being on teams all year long have made athletics a part of my life. Now, in college, I’m going to be running on the track team and I don’t have to worry about not playing sports....
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