This is my second semester at the Lock Haven University, and so far I’m doing great: I have a lot of new friends, enjoy my classes, and also I do boxing almost every day. Nevertheless, I’m still thinking of myself as a child, somewhere between 14 and 16. Being away from my family hasn’t changed anything significantly, and I’m just enjoying my life in a new student status.
However, I want to speak about the five characteristics of emerging adulthood and how they will affect my life in the future and at the present time. To begin with, emerging adulthood is the period from ages 18 to 25, when young people in industrialized countries discover endless possibilities prior to making some stable and lifelong decisions, and the first characteristic of this period is the identity exploration. And this period still bothers me a little bit: one day I want to be a lady, but the very next day I’m dressing up as a hobo, just because I don’t want to get off my bed a little bit earlier. Despite this style issues, I’m pretty sure about who I’m going to be in the future.
2 years ago I have decided that I want to become a police officer, and so far I did everything to make this dream come true: I have started doing boxing, lost a lot of weight, and learned more about criminology and policing itself. Overall, I have almost identified my personality. The second characteristic is called instability. This means that emerging adults are most likely to be unstable in love, work, and other spheres of life. At this point, Russian people differ greatly from Americans.
We usually don’t change our residences a lot and in most cases we don’t change our education majors. However, this hasn’t worked with me: I have changed my major from the philology program to the criminal justice and moved from Russia to the United States to study. Also, I still don’t have a permanent partner, because it is a big struggle for me to find someone who will match with me perfectly. But if one day I will find him, I will spend the rest of my life with this man. How I already mentioned, in the future I want to be a police officer, but since I’m only a student, I will work as a tutor this semester. I don’t know yet if I will love this job or not, so maybe I will change it somehow. Taking everything into account, there is a lot of instabilities in my life.
The third characteristic is self-focus. At this phase, a lot of American emerging adults are moving out of their parent’s residences and starting their independent life. They don’t really care about having a family until at least their late 20s, but they put a lot of effort into self-development. I’m a really self-focused person, as I want to do as much as I can for my successful future. Since my family is helping me financially, I can fully concentrate on my self-development. I can study a lot and devote my spare time to something important. Currently, I’m living in the dorm on my own, so now I’m the only one who is in charge of making important decisions and choices.
I think that this characteristic will help me a lot during the emerging adulthood period. In my opinion, everybody at least once has faced the in-between feeling. This is the time when you don’t feel like an adolescent but you don’t feel like an adult either. It happens to me a lot and I don’t think that it will completely disappear in the future. It is extremely boring to an adult for 100 percent.
Sometimes we should do some silly thing just to feel alive. The very last characteristic is called possibility. At this phase, a very little is decided for sure, and emerging adults still have a lot of different possible scenarios for their future. Even at the end of the emerging adulthood period it is never too late to change something in your life. The world is yours and you can do whatever you want and whatever makes you happy! No without reason emerging adulthood is called “the age of high hopes and great expectations”.