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Journey to Success
Kathleen Kent
PSY 202
Dr. Bruno
January 6, 2012
Journey to Success
I. Family Background
a. Military family
b. Being the oldest child
c. Moving from place to place
II. Childhood Memories
a. Living in San Diego
b. Living in Michigan
c. Moving in with my dad
d. Small town life
III. Previous and Present Careers
a. Working at the lake
b. Assistant school cook
c. Travel center
d. United States Air Force
IV. Life Goals
a. Finish school
b. Always strive for excellence
c. Career satisfaction
Journey to Success
I have had a lot of different experiences in my life that have gotten me to where I am today. A few of my peers from my graduating class are about to receive their Bachelor’s degrees this coming year, and here I am starting mine. In this paper I’ll write about my life journey and my plans for a successful future.

My parents were both in the Navy when they met, and married quickly when my mother received orders to go overseas so that my dad could go too. I was born on an island in Japan and lived there until I was about three years old. My parents divorced about a year and a half after I was born and I lived with my mom in San Diego and very seldom saw my dad who moved to Colorado after he got out of the Navy. My mom married my step-father who was also in the Navy. My parents were always working and my step-father took frequent trips out to sea often lasting months at a time. Much of my child memories are filled with military related things and I think that’s where I gained so much respect for the military.

I think a lot of my mentality and the way I am today comes from being the oldest child. I was five years old and playing in a tree in my backyard in San Diego when I heard the news about my mom being in the hospital about to give birth. Eight agonizing hours of waiting in the hospital waiting room watching local news and consuming vending machine snacks later, I walked into the delivery room and saw my baby brother for the first time. Regardless of me telling my mom that he looked like an alien, I knew that in that moment I had taken on the role of being the big sister. My sister was born less than two years later and by then I had mastered the art of diaper changing and feeding my little brother. I was my mom’s best help because it seemed like my step-dad was gone out to sea most of the time and was not around to help my mom out. I think I grew up a lot more during this stage than a normal 6-7year old girl would. During the time when my brother and sister and I were growing up, we fought a lot and got on each other’s nerves, but I learned a lot about protecting and caring about the people you love and the importance of family.

One thing I am very thankful for about being from a military family is being able to see so many places and being able to meet so many new people. When 11 years old my step-dad retired from the Navy and we picked up and moved to his home state of Michigan. My mom went from active duty to reserves and was able to go to many different places and take me along in some cases. I visited Hawaii, Washington DC, Nashville, New York, Korea, and several other neat places to travel. I am lucky to have been able to see so many places that many people don’t get to see.

Living in San Diego was such a great and memorable experience. I went to a private school for three years and was home-schooled for two years. While I was home-schooled, I was able to take “field trips” to the San Diego Zoo, Seaworld, Disneyland, the beach, and many other places that California had to offer. I played soccer and was always playing outside with my friends and siblings. I frequently think back to my memories in San Diego and I miss it all the time. Living in Michigan was definitely not one of the highlights of my life. I hate the cold, and it seemed like it was cold most of the time. Every now and then we would take skiing and snowmobiling trips, but they would...
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