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3. What have you learned from sociology that will be beneficial to you in your own life, and with your own aspirations? Explain and provide examples.
control over that. Boy was I wrong, and it took me till, believe it or not, this class to see that. Sophomore year I started to change my friend group and hang out with the people who were known to smoke pot, by the summer before my senior year I was smoking every day. Come actual senior year I started to hang out with a group you could call hippies, they changed my whole personality, I used to be so mean to people and now I put others happiness before my own. Coming to Akron my roommate doesn’t smoke a lot of weed and likes to do really well in school, I was always an average kid in school, but now I’m pretty much pot free and upset when I get lower than a B in a class. Before I was to blind to see it but this class opened me up to the idea that what my parents said was really true, now I know to be more careful with who I hang out with. Another thing I have learned is that it’s okay to be a little deviant, you aren’t labeled deviant by society because you are breaking a simple norm, it isn’t until you continuously get caught breaking that norm till you are labeleddeviant. I have these two stuffed animals and I would never bring them anywhere because I was nervous about the stigma that was being given to me doing so, my internal controls always told me it’s okay, you want to bringthem to college (the stuffed animals reduce my anxiety), but the external controls were saying “no one has stuffed animals at your age, your different and a loser.” But through this class I learned that I’m only violating a norm and I’m not being labeled as deviant by anyone other than who saw the stuffed animals, for some odd reason this made me feel better about having
my stuffed animals. Kind of like I got this thought that if one person knew about them then everyone would think I was weird, but that isn’t the case because that stigma doesn’t follow me everywhere I go. Of course I don’t take them everywhere but they are in my dorm room now and when I’m nervous for a test, they are in my book bag.WORKS CITED BELOW!
Works Cited PageBallantine, Jeanne H., and Keith A. Roberts. Our Social World: Introduction To Sociology 4. Los Angeles, CA: SAGE, 2014. Print.