The Importance Of Resocialization

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For two whole months, I gave up every comfort I have ever had in life: sleeping in an air-conditioned room on a bed, going to the pantry to retrieve a few Oreos whenever I so pleased, taking hot showers… alone. It was 70 of the hardest days I have ever experienced. Yet, if I had the chance to do it all again, I would. The first day was the hardest. I was dropped off at a high school in the middle of Tennessee along with 149 other people between the ages of 15 and 22. Some of these people were vets; they had been through this once, twice, maybe even four times for some of them. Others were there for the first time, like I was. New and old, we all carried our belongings into the building and set up what would be our sleeping area. The girls were to sleep in the gym on the second floor of the building. The guys were set up in the hallway. Everyone unpacked and inflated their air mattresses. Some taped up decorations around their sleeping area, pictures mostly. At promptly 6 pm, it was time to start our first rehearsal. The members of…show more content…
Those showers were where all of the informal socialization took place. That was where I learned how to deal with drum corps life. After taking the role of the other girls (82) and overcoming my fear of showering with them, I stopped hating it, and I started actually having fun. I met most of my significant others (83) in the shower. After performing that daily ritual of winding down and talking about my problems in there with everyone for 69 days, showering by myself just didn't feel right anymore. Of course, I couldn't ask anyone in my family to shower with me because that is not one of the norms (61) of everyday American culture. As unfortunate as that may be, it gave me a better understanding of cultural relativism and dampened my ethnocentrism

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