When I think about what I have learned this whole semester in psychology many things come to mind. Over time I'm most likely going to forget about classical conditioning, the representative heuristic, and probably Freud's stages of development but one thing that I will never forget is the great nature versus nurture debate. Nature vs nurture is one of the most debated and challenged topics in all of psychology. It encapsulates the conflicting ideologies that we are the way we are because of our ingrained genes or the environment we have grown up in. The best psychologists throughout history have clashed over whether we are born a certain way or we are shaped by everything else. As a self proclaimed optimist I tend to be on the side of nurture. I like to believe that we can actively shape who we are and can determine my own future instead of having it already laid out. This topic will stay with me for a long time because it is yet to be solved. We do not know the true answer and the most intelligent people are still trying to find out. The debate also sticks with me because it is always prevalent. We are constantly questioning behaviors and find ourselves asking how someone got the way they did. The nature vs nurture debate affects our lives daily, and will continue to be a heated, well discussed topic for as long as humans exist.