BC: The End
FC: The Autobiography of | Kayla Chavis
1: “No, wait your turn. Share with your sister.!These were phrases that I often heard growing up in my household. I was the middle child, even though there were four of us and I won't say I was pushed aside majority of the time...but I wasn't always in the limelight either. These experiences gave me extreme patience, I was born on April 7th, 1996 at 2 pounds and 10 ounces. I coined the nickname “miracle child” because of all the complications my mom had during her pregnancy. However, I had two older sisters who had just moved in as well. I have a really good relationship with my mother because my father always had to work to support his large family. However, he always made it a priority to spend time with us, which socialized me to value family and the time we share. Majority of my childhood was spent learning from my older siblings’ accomplishments and mistakes. For example: One of my siblings attended Southeast Raleigh High school and excelled in Track and Field. Her experiences influenced me to begin running track in the 2nd grade. | Family Socialization
3: Parental Characteristics and Heredity | The characteristics of my parents influenced my upbringing and socialization immensely. My Father is the quiet, shy and intellectual thinker. My Mother is the outgoing, free-spirited, risk taker. As their child i am shy, free-spirited and a slight risk taker. I learned a lot, growing up in my household. My dad being the intellectual thinker, socialized me to always focus hard in school and stay dedicated to difficult tasks. My mother, being the risk taker, socialized me to not be afraid to attempt anything. My Mother has beautiful brown eyes and my Father has long eyelashes. I inherited these traits which gives me confidence when it comes to looks.
5: My Parents are from two totally different places, so as a child I traveled a lot. My Mother was born in New Orleans, La which makes her and I Creole. (French-American). My Father is also Cherokee Indian. These cultures socialized me to be very open to different people and places and also gave me a love for traveling. | Culture
7: When I was in the 2nd grade, my gym teacher told me that I was really fast for my age. In turn, that influenced me to try First in Fitness, which is like Elementary school Track and Field. My Gym teacher perceived me as fast and athletic, which made me also perceive myself as fast and athletic. My Mother and Father played sports as children and were very good at them. This influenced me to strive to be the best at any sports I played. | Looking Glass Theory
9: In order to be on the Southeast Raleigh 4x100m relay team, one must be dedicated, team-oriented and determined to be the best at all times. Being on this team socialized me to accomplish more than I ever believed I had the ability to do. I experienced my greatest accomplishments as well as my worst failures being on this team. It socialized me to accept things as they come and it taught me to believe in myself. | Peer Groups
10: Mass Media | School
11: Attending school played a key part in my socialization. It caused me to sometimes care about what people thought of me, and to always want what was new or in style. It also socialized me to be competitive to be at the top of my class so that I could go to college. The disciplinary system socialized me to stay away from people who were in trouble because it could hinder my growth as an student-athlete. Mass media has socialized me greatly because I now have communication and speech issues. I struggle to public speak and it becomes easier for me to send a text then to actually talk face to face. Sometimes it strains my relationship with my parents because instead of just asking me face to face to complete an errand, they'll send me a text that I may or may not receive which sometimes gets me into trouble.
13: Being an adolescent has opened me up to many issues and new experiences. I have to make many decisions and the pressures of family, being in a relationship and dealing with things at school have socialized me to become very good at multi-tasking. Ignoring peer pressure and not listening to bad decision makers has become extremely difficult. However, I have been socialized by all these issues to take adversity and problems in stride. | Adolescent Issues
15: Anticipatory Socialization | When I was younger, my mother had me help her clean up a lot. This socialized me to clean up without asking. She also had me remember phone numbers and addresses. She had me repeat the numbers over and over until I could remember them. This socialized me to remember important numbers and dates and eventually my social security number.