In this modern society, everyone has his role, and it is a must to play it well in order to have a place in this world, which requires years of observation and practice. From my understanding, status is something that speaks for me and leaves people with a first impression. It might be a stereotypical impression, especially for ascribed status, but people’s view will vary from time to time, based on personal’s behavior. And for achieved status, everyone has their own performance, which adds variety to this society.
It is very essential for each individual to balance between their achieved status and ascribed status so that as a person, he can keep his integrity as well as build up his character and personality, which can be also referred as personal role in society. Statuses and Roles Achieved Status and Corresponding Roles I have several achieved status, such as student, employee, and puppy owner, and here I want to talk about my major one, as a student. This is the last summer for me to be a student, and so far I have been as a student for 18 years.
After my gradation, I will transfer to a full- time employee and end my student life, which is the main reason I picked this achieved status of mine. Since 18 years experience, I have come to know by myself that there is no requirement for me to be excellent and superior among my prior, but I need to try my best and challenge my own limits. I always remember that when I was young, my family told me that everyone has their own advantages. For example, I am really good at analyze the timing for an opportunity and work with people.
I believe it is better for me to develop the good in me instead of making up the short. Ascribed Status and Roles I am an Asian, and it was nothing when I was back in China. I have been in United States for 5 years. After I came here, it is everything in my normal life. How people treat me; how I make friends. Not only my study is highly influenced, but my social life is also involved. I know people see me differently, and they might see me as the knowledge they have for stereotypical Chinese people, like Kongfu master, or math genius or nerd.
However, I just want to be myself and act as what I was educated back home, as being respectful, honest and obedient. One thing I learned back home helps me a lot with my life here, which is to be myself and don’t be moved by others’ opinion. Society’s Influence on Me Pursuing a bachelor degree in a foreign country is not easy for anyone, and even harder for me, because I really have the heart to practice the material I have learned in English, but I am too timid to stand out. To be honest to myself, I know my limits, and I never over study or push myself; I just do what I can and gain what I deserve my effort.
Maybe for other people a “B” is not acceptable, but for me, if the effort I put into deserves a C, I can totally live with that, and then carry on. The first time I came here, I met my best friend at the airport. He was one from the “Chinese Students and Scholar Union”, and he was in charge of picking up new students from the airport. I was so impressed by him, because he spoke very fluent English and he had a job. As a result, I set my goal as live independently and gain more skill to live by myself. From then on, I worked for a couple jobs and my school is pretty good. I have my own car, and I know how to take care of people and myself.
Living in a foreign country and using a totally different language, I’m proud of myself as having achieved status like this. Conclusion Every time I look back and see how far I have come, I am always cheered up more, and promise myself a better future. Compared to other international students here, I might not have made great progress in study as they do, but I am living m life freely as how I want to. Never followed other people’s path or try to impress people with what I don’t have. This is how my social role is, they influence me or not, I only pick the way I am looking into instead of falling into general.