There are many agents of socialization that can influence one’s choices in life and the path a person takes. Looking at my life, I cannot help but be thankful for what I have had in the years that I have lived. I grew up in New Jersey. I have always been surrounded by a wonderful nuclear family. Living in the city has not been an easy thing, considering that it is situated next to the bigger city, New York. Thanks to all the things that my parents taught me, I was able to make it to college and not end up on the streets. Throughout my life path, there have been some agents that have influenced my socialization skills. Some of them were immensely helpful, while in cases with a few others, I would make some changes.
I come from a closely-knit nuclear family. The rate of divorce in America has risen tremendously in recent years. Hence, being surrounded by all members of one’s family helps a person to build strong family values. My family has been a great influence on my socialization. They were my first friends and have remained the same ever since. We can talk openly without fear of judgment or reprimand. When it comes to my family, I would not change a thing.
I was brought up in a family with a strict Christian background. My parents nurtured me spiritually and made sure that I knew God. They were taking me to church every Sunday, together with my brother and sister. Needless to say, some of my fond childhood memories were created in church. This influence has helped me make some major decisions in life. For instance, I have stayed out of trouble many times because of my Christian beliefs. While young people are out drinking alcohol and doing other drugs, I have managed to stay sober, even in college. I owe this to lessons I was given by my loving parents and church teachers.
I keep a good company of friends that will not lead me astray. I have learnt this from church and from advice dished out by my family members. A peer group is a big influence on many people’s lives (Hurrelmann, 2009). I have chosen my friends based on the impact they would have in my life. Most of them are of a Christian background; hence, we do most leisure activities together. We also go to school with some of them. There are, however, some of my peers, communication with whom I would change. These are people who attempt to lead me astray, either with queer suggestions or unhealthy behavior. While it is important to be young and enjoy one’s life, I do not have to indulge in alcohol or premarital sex to have fun. Hence, I would change the aspect of peer influence to eliminate those people who want to sweep me into their mass wagon of careful youthfulness.
Media has, without a doubt, the biggest influence in the country and even the world at large (Bester, 2007). In my socializing skills, media has always had an upper hand at shaping my decisions. For instance, I get my fashion sense from what I see on TV or read in magazines. Some of the media examples have been good, while others are clearly a misguided thought. Media has become more detrimental with time. The content delivered to the public is unhealthy and especially so for young people. Given a power to change something, I would change media content as it is responsible for a number of youthful citizens that are wallowing in misery over bad decisions made out due to wrongful advice.
While I do not regret the path that my life has taken, I feel that I would be a better person if the things that I have mentioned could be changed. It is the case for most young people in the country who have fallen victim to vicious agents of socialization.