I will never forget my eighth birthday. Mt father’s present was the best of the best: it was the dinosaurs’ atlas. Since that time I have had a bee in the bonnet: dinosaurs have become my obsession. After my plea, my father took me to the Museum of Natural History and we spent hours there, walking under the dinosaurs’ skeletons and inhaling the dust of the past. It is useless to say that the best film of all times is “Jurassic park”. When I watched it for the first time, I clearly understood that my only way in this life would be to become a paleontologist.
Since my early childhood I have known I want to become an astronomer and I am sure I will be a good one for a number of important reasons, namely: I have excellent exam results, high IQ test score, will and determination to cope with the hard work and studies. However, all this is not important if compared to the reason, which I consider to be the most crucial: I will be a good astronomer because I have a dream.
Many people find their place in life because of their talents: when they leave school and have to decide on their career, they analyze their strong points and choose the sphere where they can apply these qualities successfully. In my case, it was totally different. Since my very early years I have known what I want to do. However, my decision was based more on my weaknesses, than strengths. I have always been very shy and found it difficult to socialize with my peers. The only time when I felt calm and free was when I spent time in my grandmother’s garden, planting and watering flowers, mowing the lawns and picking fruit. Gradually, my way to escape unpleasant life situations turned into a genuine fascination with nature. I learnt different characteristics of plants, peculiarities of their growth and methods of looking after them.
Whenever I think about my childhood, I remember the times when my father would come home after a tiring day at the factory, which he owned. He would sit back near the fire place and tell me: “My dear son, if you want to be successful, you need two ingredients: strategic thinking and hard work.” These words rang in my ears on the day when my father’s factory was announced bankrupt. I looked at my father who was sitting near the same fireplace and murmuring to himself: “What did I do wrong?!” That was the moment when I felt the urge to work out the system of economic knowledge, find out how not to make the same mistakes my father had done. To put it plain, I wanted to know how money work.
Whenever I played with my dad as a child, we always built houses using construction kits. It was the activity which we both enjoyed immensely. When I grew older, I realized that for my dad it was more than a game. Despite being a successful civil engineer, he was always longing for more. His dream was to become an architect, but, unfortunately, he had no chance to implement it into reality. So, when I discovered a talent for drawing and my teachers praised me for being good at mathematics, my career path was predetermined.
I honestly wanted to be a model, when I was small. First, it was fashionable; second, I sincerely believed it would contribute to my appearance. Fortunately, I was not tall enough and in order to ease my disappointment my mother advised me to watch a movie “Pretty woman”. I became totally fascinated. However, it was not due to the leading actors, but to the great variety of models for dresses, not to say anything about bonnets and hats, shoes and handbags. Another bout of excitement overwhelmed me when I got to know that the nearest college offered evening courses on the history of fashion. Since that time my main idea was to be able one day to walk along the catwalk together with Donna Karan or Carolina Herrera.
Our society is developing and continuously improving. That is what we hear all the time from TV screens and front pages of the newspapers. Undoubtedly, there are problems, but we are becoming more socially oriented, tolerant, and culturally diverse. There is less discrimination and more understanding. And we are on the way to our ideal future. It all sounds very enthusiastic, but the truth is that discrimination will never be eliminated, and I will try to prove it in my speech about discrimination.
It seems that the time of sexual prejudice and discrimination, when war and military service were thought to be a purely male affair, has long become a thing in the past, giving women a freedom to choose such a career. However, if you consider this issue seriously, you will be surprised to find that an idea of a woman joining the army is still met with lots of raised eyebrows.
Almost all theories of human development agree upon the fact that society is the key factor in the development of a human being. This is what teaches people to learn how the world is organized and structured by means of communication and provides them with possibility to evaluate themselves through the perception of other individuals. However, I strongly disagree that society is the key factor shaping a personality.
School education is traditionally considered to be the necessary prerequisite of the successful socialization of a personality. Going to school children not only acquire knowledge about the surrounding world, but also go through a preparation stage for successful adaptation to life in the modern world. It helps children learn how to organize their day, communicate with peers, evaluate and assess themselves and others and form a complex system of ties with the surrounding world.