Shantayle Roseboro

Professor Ganu

Sociology 100


Eco-Map Assignment








            My mother Susan Roseboro-Smith moved from Trinidad, W.I. to the United States at the age of eighteen. After living in the United States for two years my mother met my father, Shawn Roseboro at her local church. At twenty two years of age my father and mother married after two years of dating. One of the pressures to marry young was that my father did not want my mother to be forced out of the country since she was not a U.S citizen or permanent resident. I was born two years after my mother and father married, and my parents had my brother three years after I was born. My parents separated shortly after my brother, Dashawn Roseboro’s birth. After the seperation my father moved away to Alabama and my mom began dating my sister’s father Edward Smith. When my sister’s father proposed to my mother he surprised her with an apartment in the Park Slope section of Brooklyn where we still live today. Then my sister Shannon Smith was born shortly after my mother Susan, and my step-father married. Living in a home without my biological father was offset by having a step-father. My sister’s father Edward acted like a father figure to me and my brother since our biological father was not in our lives. But when my sister’s father [KSG1] Edward began abusing alcohol he and my mother divorced. After the divorce my mother became the head of the household and raised me, my brother, and sister as a single parent. 

My immediate family has had a lot of influence on my personality and how I interact with others. From a young age my mother taught me to respect adults by calling them Mr. or Ms. and not referring to them by first name, to respect my parents, to ask permission before I take anything from the home or in a store, and to conduct myself in a mannerly fashion when we are out in public. My mother also tried to educate us about our heritage from an early age by playing  soca, calypso, reggae, and parang music in the home, feeding us both food from Trinidad, and  American food that my mother learned how to cook from my father. The importance of family and helping out our neighbors was also stressed early on because that was the culture in Trinidad. My mother said that everyone should know and help one another in the community because it takes a community to raise a child and it is best to work together to improve our community.

            At the age of four I was enrolled in “Mission for today”, a private school that was run by Caribbean teachers. In “Mission for Today” I had a teacher named Ms. Dent who I still see around my neighborhood from time to time. Ms. Dent taught us about cleaning up after ourselves, taking turns while talking, how to play together without fighting, and how to share. At a young age they introduced us to religion because the school was housed in a church. In addition to learning about religion from school I began to attend the All Saints Episcopal Church, and then the New York City church of Christ shortly thereafter. The church taught us biblical stories, and also reinforced what I learned in school such as not to steal and to respect other people. Church also helped to shape my values and morals because I was taught about sin and consequences to my actions. In church I was taught that stealing, telling lies, not obeying parents, being selfish or greedy, praying to false idols and swearing were sins and that I should strive to commit as little sins as possible. As I became older I began to understand why I was taught those things in church and how the actions of one person can have an effect on both my life and the life of others. Church helped me learn why it is important to respect one another and to respect ourselves. Hearing biblical stories also provided me with the opportunity to meet other children. On the block that I lived there were only four other children around my age and we all lived in the same building. We were all African Americans with a parent from Trinidad so we didn’t know children who had cultures that differed from our own. At church I met other children with different backgrounds and we began to explore and appreciate our differences. It also allowed us to make new friends since people were frequently joining the church. Networking at church also helped my mother learn about the Brooklyn Arts Exchange Center (BAX) where she enrolled me in modern dance, karate, and ballet so that I had something productive to do after school while getting exercise and having fun with other children my age.

Another place to make friends in my neighborhood was the Brooklyn Public Library. The children’s section had mats, cushions and tables where all of the children could interact with one other [KSG2] and read together.  The library was across the street from my elementary school P.S.39 so often times, immediately after school, parents would pick their children up from school and take them to the library to get books, and talk with other parents while the children met and played with other children. As I got older I would go to the library with my friends straight from school and we would sit in the section with pre-teen books and talk while we picked out books to read at home. The introduction of the internet made it possible to do research for projects without going to the library. Once teachers realized that fewer students were going to the library it became a policy that every student had to have a library card and use at least two books from the library for their research projects. As I got older and we bought a computer for the house I began to frequent the library less and less. Today I only go to the library two to three times during the summer and once a week when I need to study for an exam. The internet has been life altering for me because with the internet, information is literally at your fingertips. This allows you to learn more information at a quicker rate. Before the introduction of the internet I was only able to learn what was in my textbooks, the knowledge my mom knew and what little information I could get on the television at the time without cable television. I used the internet to research colleges and find after school programs. When my mother began attending Borough of Manhattan Community College, my mother told me there was a sign about a program where you can gain college credit while in high school. I searched the name of the college and high school programs and was able to learn about the College Now program. After taking a class at Borough of Manhattan Community College in high school, I told my teachers about the program and a year later my school formed a partnership with New York City Technical College so that other students in my high school had the opportunity to participate in College Now.

Living in New York City has had influence on my upbringing because there were always free activities to do around the neighborhood; we could go to Manhattan with a token and visit museums. I was able to meet people from over 100 different countries and learn about over ten different languages. Interacting with people of other cultures is the best way to learn about other cultures because you can ask the person questions and they can show you the way they were taught to eat and speak. In New York there are so many different religions being practiced so once I began elementary school I learned about religious tolerance and that everyone does not believe in the same religious practices or have the same religious beliefs. I grew up around Christian people so I did not know that there were Agnostic and Atheist people. In school and church we were taught to be nice to each other regardless of race, religion and gender differences and this has allowed me to become more open minded and learn to accept other people who may not agree with my views. When I went away to college in Massachusetts, I learned that New York is very different from other places in the United States. I met people in college that have never met an African American person, have never heard of Baptist churches, have never heard of Trinidad and who listen to music that is very different from the music I listen too. It was a big culture shock because I was used to stores staying open late and the accessibility of stores.

In Williamstown, Massachusetts the stores close around 5 p.m. and there is only two blocks with stores. Grocery stores, movie theatres and clothing stores were a half an hour to an hour away by car. In New York, I only have to walk for two to six blocks to get to the movie theatre, restaurants, grocery stores, clothing and shoe stores, beauty supply stores, optical stores, the doctors and dental office, elementary, middle and high schools, the pharmacy, video rental stores,  UPS, and USPS stores. The stores do not close until 8p.m. and there are twenty four hour stores such as McDonalds, RiteAid, and a Deli store where you can shop any hour of the day or night.  Additionally there are multiple phone companies such as Sprint and T-Mobile so there are a variety of phone services and packages so that you can keep in touch with your family. Once a week my grandmother calls me from Trinidad to see how we are doing. With cell phones we are able to call someone if we are last [KSG3] and need directions; we can call 911 without looking for a payphone in case of an emergency and some cell phones have GPS navigation in case you are lost and can’t reach anyone for directions. Cell phones also allow you to text message your friends and family brief messages without talking on the phone in case you are in a quiet place or do not have the time to talk on the phone because you are on the go. When the earthquake hit Haiti this year, I was able to text a donation right from my cell phone, and my service provider Sprint added the donation to my bill and sent the money to the Red Cross. Donations can also be sent over the Internet with Internet access provided by Time Warner Cable Company. The Time Warner Cable Company also provides cable television access with over one thousand channels. As a nursing student and a student who has always been interested in healthcare, I am very grateful for cable television. Cable television has helped reinforce my desire to work in a hospital with shows such as Private Practice, House, HawthoRNe, Grey’s Anatomy and the Discovery health Channel. The Discovery Channel covers everything from childbirth to emergency medicine and everything in between. It always [KSG4] me to see and learn about medicine and healthcare in a way that goes beyond volunteering in a hospital which has limited access to certain aspects of healthcare.

Influences from the micro level to the macro level in society has [KSG5] an influence on personality traits, personal beliefs, morals and how children are raised in the present and will be raised in the future. Understanding sociological influences will ensure the evolution and expansion of human beings and help to better serve the population.



     This is an excellent work; the best ever for all my three classes this semester.  I am convinced your educational career is going to be a success.  You have a very promising future ahead of you.  Your grade for this paper is an A. Keep it up!




 [KSG1]Change to ‘stepfather’

 [KSG2]one another’ or ‘each other’ would be better.

 [KSG3]Change to ‘lost’

 [KSG4]Something is missing here!

 [KSG5]Change this to ‘have’ for agreement with the antecedent – ‘influences.’