Sociological Imagination

The sociological imagination is the ability to identify the connection between everyday life events and how they shape our lives, as well as how we play a role In shaping society around us. As my sociological imagination develops I am realizing how my life has been greatly affected by historic events that would otherwise seem unrelated. These events such as the Maries boatload, Ergonomics and September 1 lath have seemed to have the biggest Impact on my family’s life and further shaped our morals and ambitions.

In 1976, my grandmother came to this country with my mother and my three aunts determined to work and build a solid foundation so that her children and her grandchildren could experience the “American Dream” and economic empowerment. That “American Dream” however quickly became an uphill battle after the Maries boatload In 1980. Following the Maries boatload many Caribbean Immigrants were negatively stereotyped, Jeopardizing my grandmothers’ employment and making the international transition more difficult on my mother and aunts.

Growing up my grandmother would tell me I had to work twice as hard as everyone else just to make in this country and although it took me a long time to truly understand why she felt that way her words resonated with me and taught me “hard work never killed anyone”. Just months after the Maries boatload, Ronald Reagan implemented a new economic policy referred to as Ergonomics. My aunt was in college at the time, which was funded by federal student aid. Since Ergonomics reduced college opportunities my aunt was unable to finish her education at that time.

Although now she has a great career and is approaching retirement Ergonomics delayed her college graduation almost a decade. There was limited federal funding for school when I was born in 1988 and the Job opportunities available were dead ends. As a result my mother chose to enlist in the military in 1990. Six months of enrollment the Gulf War was ensued. Upon the end of the war my mother decided not to re-enlist and returned home to finish school. Both Ergonomics and the economy had an impact on my families’ life influencing their seemingly personal decisions. September 11, 2001 is a day I will never forget.

It was my first week in public school and I was thrilled until my homeroom teacher turned on the news and we saw the devastation happening. My mom had recently taken a lob In North Carolina and immediately told me when I got out of school that I was coming to Charlotte. September 16th I arrived In Charlotte and started school that following Monday. I was completely culture shocked, everything about the south was different and although I struggled through the transition ultimately It taught me how o function outside of my comfort zone which I had never experienced.

Both the Maries boatload and Ergonomics Initially made translational to America more difficult for my family but It made us more resellers and determined to make a prosperous life. It also caused my grandmother to Instill the Importance of education and hard work In her children and grandchildren. As I reflect on my personal choices and ambitions I realize how much the macro and micro elements have shaped who I am and who I am becoming. Sociological Imagination By automata’s everyday life events and how they shape our lives, as well as how we play a role in unrelated.

These events such as the Maries boatload, Ergonomics and September 1 lath have seemed to have the biggest impact on my family’s life and further shaped mother and my three aunts determined to work and build a solid foundation so that battle after the Maries boatload in 1980. Following the Maries boatload many Caribbean immigrants were negatively stereotyped, Jeopardizing my grandmothers’ employment else Just to make in this country and although it took me a long time to truly bob in North Carolina and immediately told me when I got out of school that I was coming to Charlotte.

September 16th I arrived in Charlotte and started school that different and although I struggled through the transition ultimately it taught me how Maries boatload and Ergonomics initially made transitioning to America more difficult for my family but it made us more resilient and determined to make a prosperous life. It also caused my grandmother to instill the importance of education and hard work in her children and grandchildren.