Wheaton College Norton, Massachusetts
Wheaton College
First-Year Seminar


FYS Section A09. “Am I Living Out My Parents’ Dreams?”

This seminar will explore the relationship between early life experiences, education and the goals we set for ourselves. We will look at the role of early life experiences to answer the following questions: How powerful are the interaction with one’s parents in shaping who we are as adolescents or adults? Do stereotypes about culture, religion, race or gender limit our goals? Do we put too much pressure on young children to join in competitive sport(s), academic preschool or do we pressure high school students to make vocational choice or go to college right after high school? What is the impact of peers in middle and high school and does teasing or bullying play a role in a person’s ability to make good choices. Other topics will include mentors and the impact they have had on experiences that have changed the course of a student’s life/or books, poems or movies that have influenced them.

Marge Werner
Director, Nursery School