Cedric Perkinson’s Reflective Paper
PSY 202 Adult Development and Life Assessment
Prof. Meredith Kiljan
3 May 2012
Cedric Perkinson Reflective Essay
Today I can say I have a wonderful life and I’m happy to be able to write this paper on the reasons why. I’ve had several ups and downs throughout life but through them all I’ve managed to turn the negatives situations into positives outcomes and the positives situations into greater achievements. There are several reasons why I feel that I have a wonderful life and I will explain what factors contributed my success and happiness in life.
I was born September 3, 1980 @ Cape Fear Hospital in Fayetteville, North Carolina to Cedric Grayson and Mary Grayson. Fayetteville is a major hub for military families, thus causing a growth in population to over 240,000. Fayetteville is home to Fort Bragg and Pope Army Airfield the 3rd largest military installation in the world. Fayetteville is called the All American City because it has won the All-America City Award three times. The All-America City Award is given by the National Civic League annually to ten cities in the United States. It’s the oldest community recognition program in the nation and the award recognizes communities whose citizens work together to identify and tackle community-wide challenges and achieve uncommon results. The cultural diversity is what makes Fayetteville so special and why I’m the person I am today. I learned how to appreciate and embrace different races, cultures, and walks of life.
My parents had me when they were sixteen and fifteen. They got married a few years later before my dad enlisted in the army. My dad enlisted in the Army shortly after high school and ended up getting stationed in Oklahoma and Korea. I have some memories of those times, but not many. My dad ended getting out of the military after a short enlistment and we moved back to Fayetteville. My parents were young and had a lot of issues and stress in...