First and foremost, my parents are the primary socialization agents in my life. They have, by far, had the strongest influence on the young man I have grown to be. My mother has always been a very strong individual. She came from a rough country where she lost her father and was shot into a depression. She struggled to get herself and her mother back on their feet, and succeeded in becoming a manager at a major hotel. Through her actions, she has shaped me into the kind of individual that strives to be the best at everything I do. She has taught me that there is no greater reward for a job well done than the personal satisfaction of having done it. My expectations of myself are far beyond what anyone else’s expectations are of me because I feel that if I am not the best, I haven’t succeeded yet.
The public education system has also played a major role in the person I am now. A very important part of my life is music. Music is my escape from all of my troubles and puts me into my own world, where I have no worries momentarily. I began showing signs of musical talent when I was in middles school. When I had first entered the sixth grade, I was introduced to the band instructor. I had originally only enrolled in the class because I could not see myself in choir or art, so band was going to be my default. My instructor gave me one look, and instantly put me into the percussion section. I fell in love almost instantaneously. Day in and day out, from sixth grade, to this day, I play the drum set, tenor drums, snare drum, and piano. Since being introduced to music, I have also learned how to play guitar and bass guitar. If not for the public school system introducing me to percussion, I would not have my escape from the real world. My biggest interest in life is music and I have school to thank for it.
A new interest that I have developed since I moved to College Station is weight lifting. When I moved here, I was thrown into potluck to be paired...