Hi, everyone! It’s my first time to compose a text blog so please bear with me. I hope this won’t be as bad as I think it will look :) So recently, I have learned about the different agents of socialization in my INTSOCI class. These agents are the following: our family, school, peer group, workplace, mass media and technology, and religion and the state. There is no doubt that without these important people and influences in my life, I will be able to survive my seventeen years of existence in this world. Let me tell you my story:
To start it off, let me introduce to you my family:
(L-R: Me, my brother Yuya, my mom, and my little sister Janella)
(My dad and I)
As you can see, we don’t have a complete family picture, and I think the last time we had one was when I was still young. Why? I am not afraid anymore to tell you that I am coming from a broken family. As they say, one cannot have everything all at once. I have such a complicated family life, but I love my parents and siblings to death. I have learned that the family is the most important agent in our lives – which makes them the basic unit of society. Everyone in our lives may come and go – our friends, teachers, co-workers, and other people, but in the end, our family will always be the one who got our backs. As the famous German proverb says, “Blood is thicker than water.”
Yes, I am coming from a broken family, but this doesn’t mean I’m broken as an individual. Through this experience, I have learned a lot. My family, especially my parents, has shaped me into a better person that I am now. Through the years, I have learned how to be independent, hardworking, and responsible. Honestly, I grew up doing things on my own. When my mom moved out of the house (Yes, I live with my dad.), I started to become the “mother” of our home – I do the grocery shopping, the cleaning of the house, and other things that moms usually do. Through this, I learned not to depend on my parents too much. Well, except for financial matters because I am still studying as a college student. I cannot wait for the day when I graduate, find a stable job, provide for my own, and finally say to my parents: “Ako na po ang bahala sa inyo.” :)
(Photo credits to: Colegio San Agustin – Makati Facebook page)
This is my second home – Colegio San Agustin, Makati. My parents did a great, great decision when they chose to send me to this school. I have studied there since preschool all the way to high school which made me receive a Loyalty Award during my Graduation Ceremonies a few months back :) We call ourselves Augustinians, and I will forever be proud to be one! In CSA, not only did I learn academic teachings but lifelong lessons as well.
Meet my best-est friends in the world! :)
(This was during our Graduation Ball. L-R: Me, Gia, Joira, Bea, Kat, Bianca, Patrice, and Khana)
(L-R: CX, me, Gars, Bianky, Vega, Patrice, and Alexx). We call our group “True Friends” :)
(This was during my friend’s 18th birthday celebration which had a Coachella-inspired theme that’s why we’re wearing such! Hehe)
It is also in CSA that I met the best-est friends that I have now! Nothing will beat the company of my high school buddies. As of now, I am still experiencing #SEPANX (hash tag separation anxiety – Twitter term HEHE) from all of them. Although most of my friends are studying in the same college as me, I feel like it’s a whole new world for all of us. Nasanay lang siguro noong high school na halos everyday nalang kami magkasama. I’m a clingy friend pa naman. I always want to be with my friends, be updated with the latest happenings in their lives and whatsoever. Words cannot even express how much I love them. Without them, I don’t know how I will be able to get going, especially way back in my grade school and high school years.
Lastly, the mass media and technology have helped me communicate and interact with my loved ones throughout the years. Through the help of SMS, Facebook, Twitter, and the likes, I have kept my relationships with my family, friends, and other loved ones intact. For instance, I have a best friend who moved to Canada for good. Our friendship has never changed despite the distance and time difference. It’s like we were never apart even though she’s on the other side of the world. Because of the advanced technology we have now, we are able to communicate anytime and anywhere we want.
(My friends and I Skype-ing with Kat, my best friend who moved to Canada)
Charles Horton Cooley’s theory, The Looking-Glass Self emphasizes that the self is the product of social interactions. We learn who we are by interacting with others. Through the strong relationships I have built with my parents, friends, and other loved ones – the significant others in my life which was shown in Mead’s Theory of the Self, I know that I have learned a lot through the process – whether it may be good or bad. I am happy that I grew up being a people person. I love to interact with others all the time, and through this, not only do I learn something from them but also I do hope that they get something from me as part of their lives.
That’s all for now! I hope that you enjoyed reading and actually learned something about me :)