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How social environment affects lifestyle

Social environment is influenced by one's power and wealth. This, in

turn, determines success or failure in peoples' lives. If one were born with a

"silver spoon" in his mouth, he would easily be able to attend a fancy school

no matter how intelligent he is or have any luxury he wants just because of

power and wealth. On the flip side, if one were born to a poor family in a

bad neighborhood infested with violence and drugs, he would have a much

smaller chance of succeeding in life, more especially, going to an upper-class

school.

It is hard for many poor to go to college because of such high tuition

costs. Scholarships are available; but, even though one shows financial need,

one still has to have a high grade point average and test scores. Even if one

has a good mind, trying to study in a gang-ridden neighborhood with

constant gunfire isn't easy. With both parents working two jobs, there isn't

any parental guidance. Whereas, the affluent, even if busy or working, have

the means to insure that their children are supervised and well taken care of.

The rich also have the luxury of affording special tutors to help their children

while other children are on their own.

For example, there are three students, one from a clean, upper-class

community, another from a small, middle-class suburb and the other from a

graffiti-ridden slum. All three of these students have exceptional GPA's and

scored very well on standardized testing. The student from the upper-class

community will have the best chance of succeeding. Tuition will never be a

problem and chances are that those parents have some pull because of who

they are. The middle-class student won't have a great problem but there is

still the fact of paying tuition, which would limit the options quite a bit. One

may be smart enough to get grants but the family makes too much money.

Also, if he sought admission into a prestigious school and it came down to

the student or someone richer, the middle-class student would probably lose

out. Some of the many reasons for this are that the affluent family will most

likely have been an alumni to that particular school. If not, they will have

better connections and will have a more impressive letter of recommendation

written for the student. However, the lower-class student would have a much

rougher time. Even with good grades, he might lack the opportunities that

others may have. Tuition is definitely a problem and with an overworked

guidance counselor, a problem of a poorer school system, scholarship

information might be missing. Most importantly, there would be a decided

lack of motivation on the part of the school, family and maybe even the

student.

I am not saying that social environment is the definitive factor in

someone's lifetime accomplishments. It is common knowledge that it is

difficult to get out of a bad situation such as growing up without any of the

advantages others have, but many have managed. There is a way out, it just

takes a strong mind and a strong will to do so. If someone is intelligent

enough, they can try to go out and grab the recognition they deserve.

Social environment as a determining agent is definitely a human-made

force. In society, the poor are regarded with contempt or completely ignored

while the rich are seen as having the authority over everything. The poor are

seen as undeserving, therefore, not receiving much of an education, if any. In

any society, there are always the strong and the weak; and, in this case, the

weak are portrayed as the poor by the rest of society. Some feel that the

weak in our society should be eliminated because they are no more than

mere pests, irritating the rest of society.

In my opinion, there isn't much to be done to change the way society

thinks. As long as the elite control businesses and schools, they will still

have the authority over what the public thinks and does. The best thing to

have is a positive outlook on all situations and never stop trying. If one never

gives up, one can achieve his goal no matter how unreal it may seem at the

time. The most important thing is never to let society get in the way. One

must not fall prey to society's evils and give up.

If there were to be a solution, it would have to be bringing more jobs

back into this great country of ours. Too many people are out of work

because the greedy owners of companies are taking jobs away from

American workers and giving them to foreigners who are paid next to

nothing for intense labor. There is also a lack of good, well-educated

teachers. Many of the bad neighborhoods, where the above-mentioned lower

class live, are uneducated because there is a shortage of teachers to give

them guidance. If schools were cleaned up and rid of all the violence, then

more teachers would be willing to teach there. All of these goals will be

difficult to achieve and will take much time and patience to complete.

In not too many years, the generation of tomorrow will be the

generation of the present. If everyone is open minded, then perhaps the ideas

of the past will change and the poor will be considered human beings. But

until then, society remains the same and will be very difficult to change. In

conclusion, I have a very optimistic opinion of the future and the way the

poor are treated. It will take concerted effort and cooperation on behalf of

everyone but I think it can be done if everyone puts their minds to it.

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