This project centered around socializing forces and how they shape our lives and who we are. When we wrote our essays on how we were socialized with regards to a particular identity category (race, gender, economic class, etc.), this writing took me out of my fiction comfort zone. As opposed to my previous writings where everything was fantastical and whimsical, the musings of a boy, this essay was very introspective and real, the reflections of a growing man. This time around, I had to look back through the library of my mind and dust off ancient, faded volumes of memory, searching their dulled images and blurred sections of sentences to find crucial bits and pieces from their various passages, and piece together my socialization. In this case, what made me into the young man I am now. In perusing these tomes of long-forgotten youth, how I see the world has changed. I accepted who I was as just that, but now I know that's not entirely the case. I've never really dissected my childhood like that. It was a very surreal experience.