In this paper, three individual interviews of persons form each stage of adulthood—Emerging Adulthood, Middle Adulthood, and Late Adulthood—will be presented and discussed. The first interviewee’s name is Brandi who is an 18-year-old girl. As a high school student, she is interested in this project. She comes from a single parent family. And as a child rise by her mother, she has so much to say about being an adult. The second interviewee’s name is Meredith who is a 31-year-old woman. As a master in a university, she is busy in rising up her 11-year-old daughter and working. Life is tough for her, but she is still looking positive towards the future. The third interviewee’s name is Taylor who is a 50-year-old woman. She lives with her son, daughter-in-law and two lovely grandsons. She is a Chinese professor, but she is still participating in public activities such as this project.
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In the following sections, a comparison of the answers to the same questions will be conducted and discuss follows. On the one hand, the three interviewees have much in common. They are all female. On the other hand, they have many differences. For example, except Taylor, the others live in America since they were born there, so they have been under the influence of American culture. Taylor is oldest among the three people and a traditional Chinese, and Brandi is the youngest. Brandi and Meredith live with only one relative while Taylor has a big family. As for SES level, Brandi is too ordinary people but Meredith and Taylor are known by lots of people and have much more income every year. Small wonder, those similarities and differences will affect their experiences in adulthood. The family structure may make them desire more social activities, and the age may reflect by their views to the world. The details will be presented in the following analysis.
The three interviewees all view being an adult as taking more responsibility. Brandi takes getting a career as the biggest acts in one’s adulthood. And as a young lady, she is kind of lack awareness of her own health like people of her age, such as addicted to fast food or lack of exercise, which have already affected her heart condition. And she admits that it would be necessary to watch her sugar intake. As for Meredith, she considers being a female impact her life a lot. She has to pay for her own things and be responsible for her health. She monitors her fruit and vegetable intake and practices yoga quite often. The only thing she worries about is her lack of sleep, which may affected her health condition in the long run. Taylor tends to be more careful about her health condition. She runs and does cardio at least 4 times a week. She also keeps a balanced diet and stays away from smoking. So she does not notice any difference in her adulthood. It seems that Meredith and Taylor attempt to “age successfully”, but none of them is familiar with that idea.
The interviewees have changed so much...