Final Term Essay
Presented to Dr. Dennis S. Erasga
In Fulfillment of the Requirements of
Introduction to Sociology for Term 1 A.Y. 2010-2011
Submitted by Tonichi P. Tataro
In plain hindsight
When I entered the double doors of A1002 during that fateful day of May 31 at one o’clock in the afternoon, I told myself: “this class could be boring”. I already pictured out in my mind some of my blockmates seated at the back drooling while the professor continues his lecture. I already pictured out in my mind how our professor will dump a truckload of homework on us. I already pictured out myself memorizing the different theories of sociologists for a pop quiz. Yet all of these predictions were blurred out one by one as the days passed by during the first term. One of my predictions was immediately crossed out from the list upon reading the course syllabus. I became enthusiastic as I read the activities prepared to us by our professor from week 1 to 12. I really looked forward to campus research, film viewing and the LRT trip because I don’t just want to understand Sociology from my notes or from what our professor tells us. I want to understand it outside the four corners of the classroom since I am a firm believer in the phrase, “Experience is the best teacher”. Moreover, each meeting turned out to be more than just a lesson learned---it was an eye opener. For instance, one lesson that was really incorporated in my mind was socialization. Never in my whole life did I imagine that society has a big impact in shaping our very own personality. Most of us believe that our personality is our very own product. That it has nothing to do with anything but us. Yet this perception of mine changed when socialization came into the picture. Like my fellow block mates, we now acknowledge the fact that how we behave, what our attitudes are, etc., is influenced by society or in other cases, what kind of society you were raised in. In short, “we...
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