What was the environment in which you were raised? Describe your family, home, neighborhood, or community, and explain how it has shaped you as a person.
As early as I can remember, my family was filled with vibrancy, valor, and warmth. My earliest experiences are filled with memories of fun-filled interactions with my parents, younger brother, aunts, uncles, and cousins, particularly during weekends. These early years were characterized by close relations with immediate family members. This environment significantly contributed to a strong familial bond especially between me and my cousins at an early age. This trend prevailed even as we gradually started less time together as the years went by.
At home, my mother’s keen eye for detail greatly contributed to the colorful bohemian themes that were spread out in open, comfortable interior spaces. With time, her style evolved to a classic and contemporary characterized by changes in color themes. The creation of personalized and beautiful spaces played a vital role in projecting an air of comfort and creativity for us as family members. Similarly, the neighborhood provided a calm environment for us to grow up in and build social relationships.
Nevertheless, as years passed, I noticed a gradual decrease in the levels of interaction in the extended family. Consequently, most of my interactions and social-life activities have increasingly drifted towards educational-oriented friendships and activities mostly at school. This changing environment has greatly contributed to the kind of individual I have become as a young adult. Because of spending most of my time reading and gathering knowledge from different sources, I have become an extremely analytical person. I have also strengthened my language skills to the point of excelling at languages throughout my education. However, both at school and in the neighborhood, I have developed a tendency to derive extreme comfort in solitude and the company of close friends. This has made it difficult for me to venture into diverse social scenes that now seem to manifest more frequently now that I enjoy the tremendous freedom that comes with being a young adult. Though this was an initial point of concern for me, I later on adapted to this situation. Consequently, I continue to thrive in different social settings by using my learned communication skills.
Overall, my environment has definitely shaped my views about life. Most of the beliefs and social views that I hold today reflect the strong family values I was exposed to early in life. I am glad that my relatives inducted me to a strong sense of identity and authenticity at a young age.