1020 Project One
Personal Community Analysis
September 10, 2014
“It’s all about me”
Hello good people. Abasi Sanders here coming to you live from classroom 0319 at the Wayne
State University Oakland Center located in Farmington Hills, Michigan. Yes, I am an undergraduate student currently seeking a bachelor’s degree in Psychology. To be honest, I’m not quite sure whether I can be considered a freshman, sophomore, or what since I work full time for AT&T as a supervisor and can only take 1 or 2 classes per semester. I took my first class in
2011 and am forecasted to graduate in 2018. I don’t fret about it though, I love going to school.
Except for that one time in first grade when I skipped the afternoon session. Of course, if you had received a whipping like I did afterwards, you’d love going to school too.
I’m the middle child of eleven, six boys and five girls. But that’s not the extent of it, my parents took in my mother’s younger six brothers and sisters to raise along with us after both her parents passed away. That’s right, my parents raised seventeen children and from the outside looking in, you would never know that my six aunts and uncles were not my brothers and sisters. Religion was a very big part of my upbringing, church every Sunday, and bible school every Tuesday and sometimes on Friday. As a result, my brothers, sisters and I, were always involved with church programs. Of particular participation was church plays. This is where the basis of my reading
and writing took form. Animation, humor, and drama were all part of that building block and very much a part of writing today.
Athleticism is in my blood. With a family as large as mine, we had our own softball team.
While softball was my first love, basketball eventually became my favorite sport to watch and play. I played both softball and basketball at the varsity level while serving in the United States
Marine Corps. With pleasure, twenty two years of faithful and dedicated service I gave. My occupational specialty was in communications, rising from a Private First Class Basic Field
Radio Operator to a Gunnery Sergeant Communications Chief by the time I retired. An experience and profession that currently serves me well as a supervisor with AT&T. I accept that military service isn’t for everyone, however, the lessons I learned along with the benefits gained, is indeed priceless. One of the valuable lessons learned centered on English.
Apparently, service men and women were having a difficult time transitioning back into the civilian work force, so a professional curriculum was created to aid them in that endeavor.
Reading and writing were major components of that curriculum. Aside from the basics, we learned how to write evaluations, resume’s, and how to communicate effectively as and with readers. And so, here I go again. Prior to engaging in this curriculum, the extent of my reading and writing was based on hearsay. There were a lot of times when I repeated or wrote something, it didn’t even fit the situation. More troublesome was the fact there weren’t many readers or writers of my material that offered suggestions or corrections. Very fortunate was I that this curriculum was instituted before I returned to the civilian sector. From evaluations to resume’s, I was able to transfer what I learned into something that allowed me entrance to a discourse that I might not otherwise be allowed to join. It took me awhile to get back in the
classroom; after all I’ve been a little busy. Working full time and did I mention that I’m also a full time certified basketball referee, from High School to Division III College, hoping to move up to Division II during this upcoming season.
The professional business environment in today’s world dictate that those who desire to be considered as qualified members know how to comprehend the many different ways of communicating with its members, and those trying to become among its members. Although I consider myself to already be a member, often times I wonder whether or not I am a member in good standing. I understand what’s at stake. You either hit the mark with your intentions or you don’t. And many times, you don’t find out until the time has come and gone because not many people know how to give objective feedback. With that in mind, I’m learning in college to be open and observant of my surroundings. Aside from the teacher, the classroom is saturated with intelligent students from all backgrounds. And from my military experience, I can attest that there is no comparison to a diverse environment. With what I’m learning in the classroom, I expect college to aid and better prepare me for inclusion into the professional business workforce discourse.