I have had many milestones in my life that have contributed to my formation as an adult. One of the most important milestones in my life was the transition from high school to college and events that took place early in my college career. In the process of studying human development across the lifespan, I understand that there are theories that are tied to my developmental milestones. Piaget’s Cognitive Stages of Development, Bronfenbrenner’s Bioecological Theory, and Erikson’s Psychosocial Stages of Development are important to the story of my early adulthood development.
In July 2005 I received the letter that I had been impatiently waiting for as long as I could remember: my college acceptance letter. I was accepted at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania for the fall 2006 start as an Elementary and Special Education dual major. I soon realized that this was going to be a major step in my life and everything would soon be changing. I had a busy year coming and was eager to start this next chapter in my life.
This situation shows one of Piaget’s cognitive stages in development. I was completely submerged within formal operational thought. This enabled me to be able to logically think about abstract or hypothetical situations (Broderick & Blewitt, 2010). I was able to imagine what my future would look like without actually experiencing it. I was finally capable to think of my future with more in-depth details, rather than only the exterior fine points.
With the start of my senior year at Youngsville High School in full swing, I had a hectic schedule that kept me busy but still allowed time to enjoy myself. Not only did I have a full schedule of college preparation and academic courses but I also had extra-curricular activities that would keep me busy after school. I was working at a grocery store, taking part in my fourth year of playing volleyball, and aiding the wrestling team with their matches and boosting their school spirit. While...