For a long time I have been interested in the subject of psychology. The ways people behave and why they do certain things has always fascinated me and makes me question myself a lot. To answer these questions, I started to read many books that related to psychology to gain as much knowledge as I can. I now have a better overview of psychology so I would like to continue to further my knowledge at a higher level in Berea College.
For as long as I can remember I’ve wanted to be an encouraging influence for others. As a child I was very shy and unsure of myself partly due to my overwhelming fear of others and feelings of inadequacy. Nevertheless deep inside I knew of my true worth but was afraid to show the world who I really was because I may be rejected. Those feelings of rejection kept me from being who I am and sent me down a dark, lonely, and destructive path.
... education alone. The stark reality leaves much desired, success determined through unfavorable components, which my cousin never had, where you live, money, and education. Limits stop individuals from growth and career aspirations which contributed to my cousin becoming an at risk youth. Throughout my experiences, I learned that second chances could bring individuals thought lost back to the fold and be successful. My hope is that law school will contribute in my drive towards social activism. Law school will help me in my continued efforts for children’s success. Furthermore, my guidance, of course extends to people who face similar circumstances such as my cousin. Society stigmatized the indigent, cycles formed, and members of the family remains entrenched with their future remaining uncertain. I want to serve communities in overcoming the limits set by society.
Attending the University of Houston Law Center would afford me the opportunity to gain an education I know only they could offer. The University of Houston is a first-tier institution that constantly produces superior talent that continuously excels in all fields of law. Earning my degree of jurisprudence would be the crowning achievement in my life, but knowing that I couldn’t be able to use it effectively would be as equally disappointing. Coming full circle, I’d use my degree to make a difference for those privileged and those who aren’t alike. The realm of law is where I feel I belong and I’m eager to prove myself.
My commitment and motivation to pursue master’s in Marriage and Family Therapy is based on the extensive experiences that I have gained in human services in the past 2 years. Since long I have always held the belief that the application of psychological principles has the power to positively impact society. And I especially believe in its power to help children cope with the stresses and events of everyday life. My own life is a testament to this belief.
Junior high drama is everywhere, just like oxygen to breath, you can never get away from it no matter what. Stumbling back into the junior high was the last thing I wanted to do, but I had my parents on my back. All I thought about was high school, and how I wanted to be there instead of this prison. I would move on to bigger and better things in high school. Thankfully, this was my last semester then I would be set free, leaving it all in the past. I was hoping to get through this hell with out any setbacks, but I must have jinxed myself. Some of the mistakes I make I can just blow off, but this critical mistake could cost me my future. Until this day I can still remember every thing that happened. I have always asked myself, “Why did I forward that message?”
The Florida Comprehensive Achievement Test (FCAT) is the statewide test that measures the academic achievement of public school students towards meeting the Sunshine State Standards benchmarks. The quarterly Reading and Mathematics Benchmark Assessment exams gauge student achievement on individual strands based on these Sunshine State Standards, which school districts require schools to administer to students within the appropriate content area. Teachers and administrators pour over the information at the conclusion of the exam and the data mining gets underway. The data is analyzed and scrutinized and teachers present their interpretation of the data to the administration to determine what modifications need to take place within their classrooms. The teachers, principal and school district utilize the data obtained from the Benchmark Assessments to determine the level of student achievement within the classroom and create a strategy that will target those benchmarks in which student performance was low. The vital issue with the data driven classroom is the effectiveness of the teachers and administrators at interpreting the data from these high stakes tests and constructing a successful plan that guides instruction based on the needs of the classroom, which continuously change.
I was fortunate to have a mother who was invested in my academic success and knew that education afforded a variety of opportunities especially for people who come from where I come from and look the way I do. Having to commute over an hour to receive quality education that was in the backyards of some of my classmates is a morbid analogy for what being a South Side Chicago student looks like and illuminates the realities of injustice and the possibilities for change on a global scale. Giving back is the most rewarding investment, I am dedicated to pursuing education as a means to better understand myself and the world so that I can pour what I have acquired into to my community. Through social outreach, I know I can restore hope in place of defeat and help foster many prospects for those living in the
Nevertheless, I know that if I keep working hard I can accomplish anything that I put my mind to like my father once told me. I’m not God, so I cannot change the world, but I know that I can make a difference with my determination and dedication to this issue. My dream is to one day open a center in a low-income county and offer services to the immigrant community. I don’t want to go to law school because I cannot stand the unfairness or because my family expects me to do so. This is something that I’ve been wanting for myself because I know that I can excel no matter what obstacle gets in my way. I’m not perfect, but I’ve gone long ways and I will keep working my way up. My legal education will not be based on theories in which I’ll be confused in applying to life. I know exactly what I want and how to use my law school education and I’m ready to begin.
Throughout my life, my dad and I have had a very business-like relationship. As an entrepreneur and business owner, he insisted that my elementary vocabulary consisted of words including: income, credit, loans, and interest. Even little everyday acts such as a phone call with my dad would end with him telling me how he could defer interest or how he needed to establish a new line of credit. These small conversations have helped me become more knowledgeable of money management, as well as more enterprise savvy. These little acts also helped me to develop my interests in life: business and leadership.
I have long been committed to diversity, and recognize the barriers faced by women and other minorities in engaging in everyday life and graduate studies. I born in country of challenges: the challenge to born as a second female while your families wait for a male to complete their happiness; challenge to be born in patriarchal society when gender remained a barrier to power for women; as gendered stereotypes undermined and devalued women’s leadership abilities; the challenge to be born in country that codifies the law of equality and justice, but still value man more than woman; the challenge of learning when I dreamt of being a lawyer; however, my family rejected the idea of studying somewhere far away from them. I just studied any major offered at the nearest university. Despite all these challenges, I am proud to have preserved and strived to be the best, and to have my grandfather Ezzeddin, who taught me how to be a man in a society where a woman is considered as minor and needed a man to protect and take care of her.
I am a Yellowquill First Nations aboriginal, with a strong interest in my people. With my aboriginal status comes hardships, but I have learned to embrace them and they have made me the person I am today. I am also a very ambitious, intuitive man who strives for success in everything I do. It is because of my ambition that I decided to pursue a post-secondary education. My family has had many obstacles to overcome due to their troubling backgrounds. My father is from Iraq, a war torn country and my mother is an aboriginal who experienced the tortures of residential schools. Both my parents went through many unjust events throughout their lives, and that is one of the many reasons I decided to study the field of law, to bring justice to those who are in need of it. As for my community, it is very damaged and troubled.