The Life of Michelle Black

  • Birth

    Pre-natal Development and Birth: Born February 7th, 1994 at 7:18 am. Was 7 lbs, 3.5 oz and 20 inches.
  • First Smile

    The First Two Years:
    First smile at around 1 month old, indicative of motor control and therefore biosocial development.
  • First Attended Day Care

    The First Two Years:
    Enrolled in daycare around 6 months old. Did not exhibit seperation issues from mother or any distress which is indicative of Type A attachment and psychosocial development.
  • Started Crawling

    The First Two Years:
    First started crawling at 7 months old, indicative of biosocial development
  • First Word Spoken "Hi dada"

    The First Two Years:
    First words are indicative of cognitive development in children as they learn the ability to speak and begin naming objects.
  • First Started Walking

    The First Two Years:
    First started walking at 9 months old, this is indicative of growing motor control and biosocial development.
  • Regular Playing with Barbie Dolls

    Regular Playing with Barbie Dolls
    Around age 3 I began regular play with barbie dolls which is a form of sociodramatic play when acting out different rolls with dolls. This is indicative of psychosocial development in early childhood.
  • South Lyon CO-OP Preschool

    South Lyon CO-OP Preschool
    Early Childhood:
    Attended preschool at 3 years old starting to learn alphabet, numbers, shapes, and colors. Additionally learned to socialize and interact with other children. Both of these indicate cognitive development in early childhood.
  • Dance Classes

    Dance Classes
    Early Childhood:
    Began ballet classes at age 3, indicative of transition from clumsy first two years to more refined motor control and therefore biosocial development.
  • Gymnastics Class

    Gymnastics Class
    Early Childhood:
    At age 4 enrolled in gymnastics class and learned to balance on balance beam and do a somersault. This demonstrate refining motor skills and biosocial development.
  • Middle Childhood: Biosocial

    Middle Childhood: Biosocial
    Middle Childhood: Play Soccer
    At age 6 I began playing soccer. Playing soccer indicates coordination and fast reaction time to kick a ball towards a teammate, indicating biosocial development in middle childhood.
  • Middle Childhood: Psychosocial

    Middle Childhood: Friendship
    In fourth grade I became friends with many different girls. Making friends with so many girls often invovled gossiping and telling secrets about one friend to another. Keeping secrets from friends, and picking up on the social cues on what to tell a certain friend is indicative of the culture of children which demonstrates psychosocial development in the middle childhood.
  • Middle Childhood: Cognitive

    Middle Childhood: 5th Grade Elementary School
    When I was about 10 years old in fifth grade, school started becoming harder. There were tests that required me to learn how to study. One of the methods I used was creating flash cards. This is indicative of cognitive development in middle childhood because around ages 9-11 childrens memory advances as they learn various memory techniques from teachers and other children.
  • Adolescence: Biosocial

    Adolescence: First Period
    Right before I began sixth grade, at age 12 I had my first period. This is a sign of the changes that occur during the body during adolescence and are indicative of bioscoial development.
  • Adolescence: Cognitive

    Adolescence: Attending Church Regularly
    In 7th grade, at age 13 I went to church with a friend and joined a teen girl church group. After this I developed my religious beliefs and began attending church regularly. I think for me joining church was an intuitive thing, it was the "right thing to do" and I joined quickly rather than analyze why I should join and why I felt I should. This type of intuitive thinking is indicative of cognitive devlopment during adolescence.
  • Adolescence: Psychosocial

    Adolescence: Marching Band
    At age 16, I joined marching band at my highschool as a sophomore. This was one of the best memories I have. During highschool marching band members became my crowd. All my close friends were in marching band and I felt like I found a second family. Finding these friends and becoming so close with them and developing my social clique, shows the psychosocial development that took place during my adolescence.
  • Emerging Adulthood: Biosocial

    Emerging Adulthood: Physical Activity
    The summer before I entered college I began to adopt a healthier, more active life style. I began running and doing exercise videos keeping in top physical shape. Right now I am in the best shape of my life. This increase of physical strength and activness are indicative of biosocial development in emerging adults.
  • Emerging Adulthood: Cognitive

    Emerging Adulthood: University of Michigan
    In September of 2012 I began my higher education at University of MIchigan. I will continue attending to obtain my bachelors degree in nursing. Furthing my education, has fostered deeper thinking in many of my classes indicating a cognitive development.
  • Emerging Adulthood: Psychosoical

    Emerging Adulthood: Vocational Identity
    Around the beginning of April I was accpeted as a transfer student to the nursing school. Making this transfer has decided my career for me. This action helped me development my vocational identity and illustrates psychoscoial development.
  • Adulthood: Cognitive

    Adulthood: Continuing Education
    As a nurse, I predict that around age 25 I will return back to school to further my education to obtain a masters degree. I will most likely specialize in a certain field that I work most closely with (ex. pediatrics, oncology, etc.). The idea of pursuing a higher degree in a specilized field is an example of selective optimization with compensation and shows cognitive development in adulthood.
  • Adulthood: Psychosocial

    Adulthood: Celebtrating my Sister's 21st Birthday
    This is just one example of the many celebrations I expect to have with my family. I believe growing into adulthood will strengthen my family bond with my parents and siblings. This increasining familial closeness illustrates psychosocial development in adulthood.
  • Adulthood: Biosocial

    Adulthood: Aging Effects
    I am projecting around age 35 my height will begin to shorten because of wearing down on the veterbrae. I also predict my physical ability to run and exercise will decrease dramatically to what I have now. This is a common biosocial development that occurs in adulthood.
  • Late Adulthood: Cognitive

    Late Adulthood: Difficultly With Memory
    As I get older in age, I project my working memory will decline. The processing slows down and some things become lost. I will have a harder time remembering short-term things but will hopefully retain the capacity to remember critical long-term memories. This decline in memory is an example of cognitive development in late adulthood.
  • Late Adulthood: Biosocial

    Late Adulthood: Physical Changes
    I know that gradually overtime physical changes occur. I will become even less active and probably gain more weight. My senses will become less acture and I will most likely require glasses to compensate for vision and will have difficulty hearing. These changes are indicative of bioscoial development in late adulthood.
  • Late Adulthood: Psychoscial Development

    Late Adulthood: Retaining Independence
    I hope by the time I reach 80 I am still living independently as possible. I would love to be sourrounded by family and have that support but be able to do things on my own. These want for independence is an example of psychoscoial development in late adulthood.
  • Death and Dying

    I pick this date because I will be around 95 years old at this time. I do not have a special goal of how old I will be or that I die a certain way. All I desire is that by the time I do pass away I feel happy with what I did with my life, and I die with very few regrets.