Self-Realization through Education
Over the past 32 years of my life, I have been both directly and indirectly impacted by numerous social institutions. Without question, education has been the most influential by creating a positive change in my life. There are many benefits to pursuing an education. First, embarking on a rewarding career path has its own rewards such as a generous salary and social prestige. In addition, an individual’s relationships within the institutions of family and marriage are also affected by the presence of an educated head of household. Lastly, the impact of a good education on mental well-being is tremendous since most people feel a sense of accomplishment after earning a college degree. Above all, I believe that education, as a social institution, has helped to shape my mental attitudes towards society as well as mold my sense of identity.
Beforehand, I would like to define the term social institution followed by my own interpretation. According to Merriam-Webster’s dictionary, an institution is defined as “a significant practice, relationship, or organization in a society or culture” (Institution, 2010). I feel that social institutions in particular are systems which require society to form social groups; these social groups work towards their collective goal of attaining desired statuses and roles within said society. Simply put, a social institution is a system that can be used to attain certain social goals that are predefined by its respective social group, governed by a set of social norms. By adhering to social norms of academia, I have been able to earn an Associate’s degree which aided me in securing a new career. By depending on the institution of education, I have been able to meet one of my social goals and achieve Federal employment status. Social institutions are necessary components within our society in order to maintain and provide individual stability based on institutional dependence.
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