My Life – Then, Now and the Future
PSY 202 Adult Development and Life
October 3, 2011
I always thought I knew what I wanted to be when I was little, but life doesn’t always happen as planned. In this paper I will talk about my childhood and the experiences I had which help to mold me into the person I am today. I will talk about my goals for the future and what I plan to achieve with the degree I earn from Ashford University.
I was born on a small island called Guam, which is a U.S. territory. For a majority of my childhood, I grew up in a single parent household. My parents divorced when I was two years old. I was never really close to my dad; he and I visited a few times a year until I was in the seventh grade and moved to California to finish my middle school years. I moved back to Guam in the ninth grade and recall seeing him once and haven’t seen him up to this day. My dad and I are trying to rebuild our relationship slowly. It’s going to take some time but I’m hoping that one day, I will have that father-daughter relationship I’ve been longing for.
I had a fairly good childhood. I lived with my mom, grandparents and uncles in one big house. This made our family very close. I remember going to the beaches on Sundays with my family, which also included aunts, uncles and cousins. Even though I didn’t have my dad around when I was growing up, my life didn’t seem different than anyone else’s. I guess you could say the void of my dad’s absence was filled by my grandfather and mom’s three brothers.
My mom was a police officer back home. She worked long, odd hours to provide for my siblings and me. Because my mom was working a lot, I was in charge of taking care of my brother and sister. I had to cook, clean and help them with homework. My relationship with my brother and sister is very strong because at a young age, I had to play a motherly role towards them while our mom was working. I saw...