There are a number of ways in which one can be socialized. For me personally, it was family and school that have played the biggest part in my socialization skills. Due to my dad being a pastor, I had the Baptist religion instilled in me from early childhood. Having a dad as a pastor can be very hard as an adolescent. As much as you want to go out and have fun with your peers, it is something that you were almost forbidden to do or did not want to do. You never knew what types of activities your peers may choose to engage in and as much as you wanted to take part in the fun, you did not want to take part in anything that may not be legal. There were many times I was asked to go on a date or invited to a party, but because my dad was and still is a pastor, I was not allowed to go or chose not to go. The standards, in which I was held to, often made me feel like I was not trusted. This in turn made me act out at home as well as school.
Going to school was and still is a way of which I have been socialized and resocialized. There are some things, such as skipping class, which I am not proud of. I truly hated school that much. However, doing so allowed school to have a big impact on my life. I say this because after receiving a report card that showed how not going to class affected my grades. The feeling I got when I saw my grades changed my outlook on sitting in a desk at the front of the class. Seeing the disappointment in my mother’s eyes was even more painful, as that is a look I never wish to see even as an adult. It is sometimes harder as an adult when it comes to school, unless you still live with your parents, because you have to discipline yourself when you are not doing what you know should be done. My education is very important to me. It only took me one time to get a report card with one passing grade, out of four different classes, in order for me to see the importance of getting an education; not to mention that I wanted to live a life of no worries...
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