Wheaton College Norton, Massachusetts
Wheaton College
First-Year Seminar


FYS Section A23. Am I Living Out My Parent's Dreams?

This seminar will explore the relationship between early life experiences/education and the goals we set for ourselves as adolescent and adults. .We will approach this topic from several directions. We will look at the role of early life experiences to answer the following questions: How powerful are the interactions with one’s parents in shaping who we are as an adolescent or an adult? What role does school play in life and career choices? What is the impact of the peers we interact with throughout our school experiences. We will discuss the Hurried Child Syndrome, that is, the result of putting young children into competitive sports and academic preschools, forcing vocational choices on adolescents and pressuring high school graduates to go to college right after high school. Other topics we will explore include discussing mentors you have had, experiences that changed the course of your life and books, poems or movies that touched you in special ways.

Marge Werner
Director, Nursery School