Agents of Socialization
My family has played a huge role in my process of socialization over the years. Growing up, my family taught me the importance of manners. For example, if I went to a friend’s house, I was told to always thank them for having me over. Every morning, before school, my mom told me to be good, be nice to everybody and to use my manners. As I grew older I realized that this was not just a daily exercise, but a way to live my life. In my family, we value things such as church, family, friends, education and sports. On Sunday mornings, we go to church. My parents taught me that it is not only important to pray on Sundays, but also every day of the week. My family members are my biggest supporters. We spend a lot of time together. For the holidays, the family comes to our house to celebrate. One tradition within the family is spending time at our lake cottage in Michigan. We usually celebrate the 4th of July at the lake. My family believes that receiving an education is essential in order to succeed in life. Because of this, I have grown to value getting good grades. My parents have trained me to have a strong work ethic. It is imperative that I put forth my best effort in everything that I do.
Education is a major key to socialization. Being able to attend Gahanna schools throughout the years can only be described as a blessing. At school I have learned the concept of discipline, cooperation and conformity. In elementary school, I learned to share and clean up after myself. My teachers would teach us social skills by showing educational videos shows such as The Magic School Bus. High School has provided me with real world experiences. Following an everyday bell schedule has forced me to understand the importance of being on time. I have learned proper rules and regulations as well. School has also taught me that there is a correct way to walk in the hallway. I should always stay to the right side to avoid traffic jams. I look up to my teachers and I am learning new things from them everyday. When I get placed in a group for a project, it is teaching me how to compromise with others. There will always be a homework assignment that I don’t want to do, but in the real world I will have to do things that I do not wish to do. Managing my busy schedule has been one of the best things that I have learned while in school. From clubs, activities and sports, school has helped shape me into the person that I am today.
My friends and teammates have contributed a great amount to my socialization growth. My teammates are like my second family. I will always be there to pick them up on and off the field, and I know they will return the favor without hesitation. I have learned that team chemistry is far more important than talent. I have also been taught many times that there is no “I” in team. In my opinion, the best way to grasp the concept of social skills is to join a sports team. Many of my life lessons have been on a softball diamond. Softball has taught me that with commitment, dedication and hard work, I can overcome adversity. I also play travel softball for the Ohio Classics, which has allowed me to play with people all over central Ohio. It is always fun to meet new people. I don’t know where I would be without the love and encouragement that my friends provide.
The mass media is a tremendous agent of socialization. The mass media is communication to reach the general population. However, I have learned that media can distort reality. Social media such as facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Snapchat allows me to socialize with people in different ways. For example, I can communicate with family members that I haven’t seen in a while through Facebook. In the way of Television, newspapers and the radio, I am learning new things everyday. The news grants us with information about events that happen in our communities. There are also educational TV shows for children. When I was younger I watched shows such as Dragon Tales, Big Comfy Couch and Blues Clues. Although I did not know it at the time, I was learning social skills just from watching these shows. The media keeps us connected with the world.