Hossler and Bontrager (2015) state that the sociological approach focuses on the early stages of one's college journey and "emphasizes the influences of social and cultural capital" (p. 51). Thus, this theory highlights one's social context, such as their social class, community, and high school, as well as parental involvement and expectations. Throughout my first essay, my environment was a strong predisposition that contributed toward my expectation of attending college. Due to my parents' middle-class status, their cultural and social capital garnered them certain knowledge sets. My mother knew how to research for the best school districts and suburbs using the internet, as well as employ her social network of coworkers, college friends,
Donating money to my college additionally benefits to contribute back to the upcoming generation of students. The money that I give away to my Alma mater generally goes to current scholarships and to support fund new programs for the upcoming classes of students who will attend my Alma mater. Usually it’s a remarkable to give away money and to know that I can have an abiding impact on forthcoming generations of my fellow college scholar long into the future to come. Thus, as a college freshman, I have many tribulations to overcome. Whatever my intention, college can guide me to the finish line.
I can’t turn a blind eye anymore, as most people do, to the struggle that people are facing every where around me. Some people think they are deserving of the life style they get to life, but now I realize that it is by shear luck that I grew up here in the U.S. as opposed to a third world country in Asia or Africa. Because I am here and I have the ability to help other, it is really my obligation to help others. Thank you Mrs. Janet for exposing us to the realities of the world we live in and how we can help fight poverty on both a local and global level. Volunteering no longer feels like a box I must check of on my résumé, but rather an important and enjoyable part of my
These people live in poorer conditions and come from a country that grants them less opportunities. If these citizens are proven to be more optimistic than Americans, it is clear that there is an issue with how we view the world. In America, many individuals stress more about the gap between the rich and poor; who has it all and who doesn’t. Graham continues to state that “being poor in a very wealthy and unequal country-which eschews social support for those who fall behind- results in especially high levels of stress and desperation”. As someone is struggling to keep up with society’s expectations along with many other struggles, it may be difficult to remain positive.
Fast Forwarding to today, I realize the importance of life and how quickly something can go wrong. I now plan on attending college with the hopes of becoming even more inspired to help people everyday. I am not the only one embarking on this college adventure, but my brother is too. Furthermore, this scholarship would help benefit my family’s financial situation because my brother and I will both being starting our freshman year of college this fall. My parents will be faced with a huge financial burden because they will be putting two children through college.
Having compassion for those that are needed to help in dire situations gives me happiness, not just for myself but satisfaction for society. I learned over the years that people cannot make it on their own, and a helping hand is better than no hand at all. Growing up with a special need brother, I saw firsthand how the social system works and how it can benefit those in need. Having experience with social work the people that influence me has been my mother knowing that she could not do it alone in raising a child that would need 24hour care. In the field of social work, I am aware that there is a skill to make a placement for choosing of caretakers.
Education in our society is not necessarily followed by employment (Green, 2010). However, we are still expected to study in order to increase our chances for employment. My parents worked hard in order to be able to provide for us and to give us the ability get an education in order to get a well-paid job, so we would not struggle later in life. In my family, we were all expected to study. That in a way put pressure on me to meet the expectations my family and society had.
Making a Difference in My Community What are your long-term personal and education goals? How has knowledge or awareness of your own culture and other cultures affected your understanding of yourself? What key experiences with your own and/or other cultures influenced your goals and your interactions with others? Please provide specific examples. How do you plan to use your college education to make a difference in your community?
No one wants to be different but, everyone is. One of the main reason is culture. There are so many cultures that it makes it seem you are different from everyone else. In “Fish Cheeks” by Amy Tan, and “Taco Head” by Viola Candales both narrators face internal conflict with their culture and how people see them. They struggle with who they are, and who they want to be.
“Social Class and College Readiness” shows the correlation between different social classes and how it affects how prepared students are for college. After the research was completed the unnamed authors came to the conclusion that if parents raise their children according to the “norms” of their social class, then it can have a direct link with how children think about their educational future. In “Educating the Hierarchs” Sacks has a similar approach to the research question, and shows how a family’s social class correlates with a student’s SAT scores, and these scores directly correlate with the level of education the students will receive. These authors show that a child’s social class will impact their standardized test scores, and their thoughts about their academic