My interest in resiliency developed at an early age. Growing up as an undocumented immigrant as well, I watched my mom sacrifice her dream of practicing law in the Philippines so my sister and I could have a better life in the United States. My mom 's hard work and dedication to our family 's well-being inspired me to overcome my struggle with depression and fulfill her new dream of seeing my sister and I graduate from college. Once the DREAM Act was passed, which allowed undocumented immigrants access to higher education, I took charge and enrolled in Ohlone College. I became interested in learning about emotional disorders, their etiology and treatment after taking an introductory psychology course with Sheldon Helms.
I began to reframe obstacles as surmountable challenges due to my unique upbringing. One scene I replay in my head is Professor Helms inaudibl...
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... recognition and international students’ social adjustment parallels my interests in increasing resiliency in the immigrant population. While Dr. Yoo 's study had participants identify other people 's facial expressions and used self and peer ratings to measure their level of adjustment, I would like to examine an individual 's ability to recognize their own emotions and whether increasing emotion recognition skills would predict better outcomes. Dr. Matsumoto 's work on culture 's influence on emotional expression builds upon my background in self-disclosure patterns and interpersonal relationships. Understanding what individuals express to others may provide more information about social support as a protective factor under resiliency. By working with Dr. Yoo or Dr. Matsumoto at the graduate level, I will have the necessary environment conducive for my education.
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