Reflection On Social Life

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Life is like a game of poker. In poker everyone is dealt the same number of cards from the same deck. Some are lucky and get a Royal Flush, some get a Straight, and some are only given a hand which consists of a High Card. Life is the same way except instead of diamonds; clubs; spades and hearts, everyone is dealt a certain level of “education, income, occupation, and wealth, the four commonly used criteria for gauging [social] class” (Scott and Leonhardt 117). Not all of us are able to choose our education, income, occupation and wealth, we are just given our hand and we have to make do with what we have. I was born with nothing. My house was a dilapidated shack, where what used to be a mahogany-brown cherry wood door is a shit-brown, piece …show more content…
Most of my friends lived in houses bigger than mine with rooms dedicated to the video games and contained the latest consoles, as well as a basketball court and a pool. However some of my friends were not that fortunate as I was. They lived in situations that I lived when I was five. Their parents would usually be laid off their jobs and have to work multiple jobs to pay rent. I became more socially sensitive and empathetic to people of people lower than me. This is how I define social class, it is the material possessions we have. It’s our clothes that we wear, the things we eat, having the privilege to have a clean, immaculate house rather than a jammed …show more content…
Each one is a different experience and makes me realize why social class is so important to be aware of. As stated by author Gina Crosley, “[Class is] being born into a financially stable family can help guarantee your health, happiness, safety, education, intelligence, and future opportunities” (3). Which makes class a privilege that can’t be taken lightly. It can make a person become a billionaire, or can make someone be government dependant. While I can’t change anything in my state as a college student, it allowed me to understand how to be aware of other people and the social policies of this

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