1. What group was I associated first?
A. My Hispanic Family
B. Oldest of 3 Children
C. Grandparents played vital role
2. What did I choose to belong to during school?
A. Football was a sport I always enjoyed and excelled at
B. Basketball was fun but I didn’t have enough talent to make the squad C. Business Careers High School was chosen by my Mother
3. What career path did I choose?
A. Chose to work at local Credit Union
B. Life in the Air Force
C. Group within the Air Force
4. When did things change?
A. Married my wife
B. Now have son and daughter
C. Being a husband and father changed my group associations 5. How do I feel after being associated with so many groups? A. Driven to want to be part of a different group after the Air Force B. Finish my college degree
C. Be a role model to my own group – my family
All of Us are Groupies
Since the day we are born and until the day we die, we are all part of a group. Groups we are, “purposely joined or sometimes we may just drift into others” (Witt & Mossler, 2010, p. 14). In this paper I will present how each of us are part of a group throughout our lives. The examples I will cite will mostly be personal examples of my life and how I expect to be part of other groups later in life.
I was born and raised in San Antonio, Texas. This makes me a proud Texan from the first day I entered the world. My parents were both teenagers when I was born, but had to grow up quickly since they were now parents. My father was a construction worker and my mother stayed at home to raise me, my sister and brother. I remember when my Dad would get laid off during the winter months, my mother would sometimes work and we would stay at my grandmother’s house. My grandparents were hard working Mexican Americans and had very strict rules in their household. My grandmother used to always scold me and I remember thinking, “Why does she always get after me?” I know now that she was trying to make me a better person and instill a hard work ethic within me. She always told me that being strong mentally was better than being physically and to always do well in school.
I soon started school and enjoyed playing sports with my friends. I enjoyed sports much more than listening to the teacher inside the classroom. Football was my favorite sport. My father entered my into Pop Warner Football when I was six years old and it is one of my fondest memories. The first year I played, I was positioned as a line man because I was heavy and slow. Two years after, I lost weight, became faster and was now a receiver. I felt so happy because I was now in a position that gained lots of glory when I would score a touchdown. Playing sports allowed me to develop more friends. This portion of my life was in my “Middle childhood, when physical skills are well-developed and social ties became important” (Witt & Mossler, 2010, p. 20). My next sport I tried was basketball, but was not tall enough or talented. My friends and I were surprised about how many people tried out and how many people made the basketball team. It was the first time I wanted to be part of a group but was not allowed in. The coach advised us that did not make the team to keep practicing and try to improve our skills in order to have a better shot, no pun intended, next year. Right before the start of high school, I noticed my friends were beginning to be much taller than I was. During that time when I saw an advertisement for a magnet school called Business Careers High School. I attended the seminar and my mother pushed me to apply for admission. She actually wrote most of my application essay and I was later granted admission.
My new high school gave me new skills and prepared me for a business related career in life. The one bad point about this new school was it didn’t have sports associated with the school. I...