My Senior Year Of High School

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Towards the end of my senior year of high school, I was preparing for the next chapter of my life. I would be attending UC Davis in the summer for a four weeklong orientation program, specifically for first generation college students. This was the first time I would be leaving home by myself to a different country and it was the first time in over eight years that I would be exposed to the American culture. I did not have any roots in any American city nor did I have a so-called “home state.” However, if there was one thing for sure, it was that Germany was my home and it has been for the majority of my life. In this paper, I will be discussing how the following topics in sociology: culture, socialization, and identity are related to my move from Germany to California as well as how I felt during the entire situation. According to Dr. Ruiz, culture can be defined as a complex system that defines how a way of life is taught from one generation to the next. It is also responsible for influencing our behavior. (Lecture, Ruiz, 01/07/2016). Upon moving to California, I experienced a transition between the culture that I have known for the majority of my life to one that was completely foreign to me. I was born to Filipino parents and spent my childhood in Kaiserslautern, Germany, the largest overseas military community in Europe. Because of that, I had the opportunity to immerse myself in the blending conglomeration of the German and Filipino cultures with a strong U.S.

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