Chronology of my life:
® February 6, 1988- I was born in Woodbridge, Virginia
® First summer and Christmas in Massachusetts, followed by every summer and Christmas after that (where my family is originally from and where most are still living today)
® August 1, 1989- My brother, Bobby, was born.
® December 22, 1991- My brother, Matthew, was born.
® I attended Dale City elementary school for grades K-3.
® In second grade, I made my first communion.
® The summer between third and fourth grade, my family moved from Dale City to Manassas where I attended Thurgood Marshall Elementary for grades 4 and 5.
® I attended Parkside Middle School in sixth grade.
® A new middle school opened closer to my house, I attended Benton Middle for grades seven and eight.
® 2001- I made my confirmation.
® November 2001, I broke my wrist and had to wear a cast through Christmas.
® I attended Osbourn Park High School for grades 9-12.
® August 2003 (summer before tenth grade) – Got my permit
® May 2004 (end of tenth grade)- Got my drivers license
® June 2005 (summer between eleventh and twelfth grade) – Traveled to Europe (Italy and Greece) with students and teachers from my AP European history class. This is where I got very close with my group of friends through senior year and to the present.
® April 2006- I decided to attend the University of Mary Washington
® June 2006- Graduation from Osbourn Park High School
® June 2006- Stayed at a Lake house in Lake Gaston for a week with some of my friends after Graduation.
® July 21, 2006- Went to preview at Mary wash and met my roommate for the first time.
® August 23, 2006- Moved in to the dorm and started college.
® May 2007- Hired to work at the freedom center over the summer. For the first half of the summer I worked in kid care and for the second half I worked in a preschool camp.
® July 2007- Went on a short vacation with roomie to Bethany Beach Delaware.
® August 2007- Moved in early to start Orientation Leader training and help the new freshmen arrive to campus.
® …which brings us the present- taking history 299 (among other courses), doing my work, and waiting for Thanksgiving/Christmas break
I chose to include these events because they seemed like the most basic and important milestones in my life. I did not want to make it too long and include all the details about everything I did in high school (which is what I would be able to talk about in more detail since it is the more recent past) because then it would feel like I am writing a resume. The events in the beginning of my life are less detailed and most basic because I do not remember everything, or exactly when it happened.
I feel that chronologies are important to historical narratives because they provide a framework in which to place important events or periods in ones life. The chronology itself may tell us a lot about a person or provide insight as to why something is being written. If a chronology were being written in regards to how one chose a career, then the events that one would chose to include would be different than if it were being written to show the different places one has traveled throughout his life. If it is a private chronology, there may be more personal events or emotions included. In addition, one may be able to use a chronology to figure out why someone acted or felt the way they did at a certain time. It can be used to compare the events of one particular life in relation to the events of what is going on at that time period in general (for example it may be a time during a war or particular rights movement). Chronologies can provide a lot of insight when looking at personal narratives.