Growing up has been spent entirely in Chicago. I remember my parents instilling discipline and the value of hard work. My father belonged to the Military and thereby, expects lot of discipline and manifests authority at home. He died ten years ago. My mother is an administrator assistant and her work directs exemplifying governance through administation and control. Siblings were expected to help in household chores and to attent church services regularly. In a study conducted by Sogomonyan and Cooper, the findings reveal that “children of military families often experience multiple stressors before and during their parent’s deployment and when they come home. Without appropriate mental health support
systems, children of military personnel may be at a significant disadvantage compared with their peers in non-military families”. For me, apart from the participation in household chores and in self-discipline, being a child of a military man has driven me to be more diligent and conscientious; as well as achievement oriented and determined to succeed.
I went to TC Williams High School where the school’s mission was to “provide the environment, resources, and commitment to ensure that each and every student succeeds — academically, emotionally, physically, and socially”....
Williams High School, 2011, p. 1). Luckily, the school’s thrust for holistic development of each student has been instrumental in honing my personality in terms of the development of knowledge, skills and abilities that equipped me for higher education. I therefore plan to finish my degree by the spring of 2013. From the past experiences, I realized that there might have been parallel manifestations of traits of middle children, from what Neal (2009) has revealed or from being evaluated as being ; more prone to stressors as a child of a military man; but in the end, the way one lives his or her own life with what blessings and resources should be used to the best of one’s abilities. The educational background from TC Williams has broadened my personal perspectives and made me look beyond a confining traditional generalization based on common grounds. I am a unique individual, more than being typecast as a middle child or a military child. As such, I believe can achieve whatever I am determined to work for. Section II: Goals In any endeavor, goal setting has been acknowledged as one of the most critical and crucial steps to follow. Ward (2011) defines goal setting as “the process of deciding what you want to accomplish and devising a plan to achieve the result you desire” (par. 1). The secret to achieving one’s goals therefore is to define them accurately, concisely, explicitly and viably. Upon reflection, I picture myself to be married with two healthy and bubbly children and working as a computer security officer. I would have completed a master degree in the same field of endeavor to have competitively attained an officer position and aiming to be promoted to