Throughout history there have been many different types of traditions. For some families, it can be going to church on Sunday or for other it can be attending the same college as your parents. Merriam-Webster defines tradition as “a way of thinking, behaving, or doing something that has been used by the people in a particular group, family, society, etc., for a long time” (Merriam-Webster, 2015, para. 1). Tradition should be important to everyone they define who we are and where we come from. A lot of time tradition are the foundation for a family, it’s what make them unique.

After graduating high school I didn’t really know what I wanted to do with my life. It was the tradition in my family that once you graduated high school you where expected to go to college and get a degree. After spending four years in high school I was really burned out from school and I really didn’t want to spend another four years sitting in a classroom. When talking with friends and family everyone said going to college will teach you how to become more independent and give you experience, but unlike high school I had to pay for college and I was not exited about that at all. So against my parents wishes I decided to join the U.S. Army.

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The Army offered me a couple things that college could not, the ability to travel, gain experience in my job field, and, best of all, instead of having to pay them, they would pay me. At first my parents were very abrasive at the idea of me joining the Army. They both wanted me to go to college and to stay out of the service. I had watched as my brother went to college and he had been unable to finish his first year. I was bothered by this, because I didn’t know if the same thing would happen to me, and I did not want to acquire the debt. In the US as many as 1 in 3 freshmen college students leave within the first year, I did not want to be part of that statistic (Sheehy, 2013, para. 2).

With my decision mad…

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