SocioautobiographyThroughout the semester I have learned more about myself by taking sociology. The terms that I have learned have described certain situations that I have encountered in life. I have also learned that many things I do in everyday life have affect me. Throughout this paper I want to share the experiences I have had by looking through it in a sociological perspective.
Ever since I was younger I have always been a well socialized person. Whenever I would see people I had no problem saying hello. I was not the type of person to not say hi to anybody. Many of friends were not as outgoing or talkative as I was in school. By me speaking I just wanted to come off as friendly and outgoing. As I grew older I was so used to being around the same type of people because of the school I went to. An institution of school had a lot to do with my interaction with people. In the predominantly black community that I went to high school, I was one of the more privileged black children. For example, when I was a junior I had a car and my license. Most of the other students did not have cars, but they did have their license. In the start of senior my family moved to a dofferent part of howard county and it was completely different to where I had previolsy lived. Every house on every street was massive abd there were huge parts of land with cattle and barns. The area I had moved to was Glenelg. This part of Howard County was predominantly white.
When I learned that I was attending Glenelg High School I had to recognize that I was going to be out of my comfort zone. Therefore I would to make new friends and resocialize. Resocialization was a big part of my life at the time and I did not even know it. Resocialization is the process by which exsisting social roles are altered. My first day at Glenelg was so different. For example, at my previous school people would stand in the hallways between each class, but at Glenelg students went straight to class. Students would always ask about my previous school, Oakland Mills High, if it was really as ghetto as people describe it. I always defended that school because it seemed like people were one sided about it. Since I came from there they thought I was the same as the other sudents. Which they were completely wrong; I was not the same as other people at Oakland Mills. I had made a couple of new friends and earned a spot on the cheerleading team. By me actually joining a team it made some bonds that I had with other people stronger. After three months attending Glenelg High the county allowed me to attend to Oakland Mills High for my senior year.
By returning back to Oakland Mills I realized that by re resocializing I had made new long term friends. Wothout me attending Glenelg I feel as though I would have been not as open to meeting new people. When I started going back to Oakland Mills people asked questions about Glenelg and if it was just as people say. “A bunch of white and privileged students” , which is very true.
Another term that I felt had a significant impact in my life was the institution of religion. Through religion I had developed morals, beliefs, and values that have made me who I am today. Religion is a social institution that answers questions and explains the seemingly inexplicable. Religion provides explanations for why things happen and demystifies the ideas of birth and death. Morals are beliefs and values that conform to normal standards of what is right and wrong and deal with people's habits of conduct. Values are shared beliefs about what a group considers worthwhile or desirable; these guide the creation of norms. Norms are the formal and informal rules regarding what kinds of behavior are acceptable and appropriate within a culture. By being raised in the church I would always have questions on how to act outside of church. In church I was well mannered and always listened to what the elderly said.