Maslow 's Hierarchy Of Needs During Freshman Year Of My Undergraduate Developmental Psychology Class

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Pausing to reflect on my life, I see that it was the seemingly insignificant moments that nudged me forward, creating the person I would become. I was first introduced to Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs during freshman year of my undergraduate Developmental Psychology class. This idea helped me think critically about my background and the steps I would need to reach my full potential. I realized that all of my life experiences leading up to that moment influenced the decisions I had made and would continue to make. This sparked my interest in the developmental stages of children and how quickly their early life experiences begin to shape them as well. I continued to learn under the expert guidance of my professors who always emphasized how…show more content…
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