My journey to higher education spans 24-years and combines two passions, teaching and EMS (emergency medical services). This journey began in 1986 with a suburban kindergarten class of 25 in Memphis, TN. Eleven years later no longer am I teaching school-age children; instead, I am delivering training programs to EMS providers as well as the medical community. Today, I combine both passions to offer students authentic experiences through which to obtain proficient skills in written and oral communications, critical and analytical thinking, problem solving, as well as in negotiation and conflict resolution skills as they prepare for rewarding
Prompt: In 500 words or more, describe your collegiate experience thus far. How has this experience and the knowledge you've gained influenced what you plan to study? How have they influenced your decision to apply to St. Edward's?
I can reach my goals and dreams through discipline. There are many goals that I intend to fulfill. At the end of my senior year I hope to have achieved a 3.75 grade point average. If I successfully obtain a 3.75, it will ultimately make it much easier for me to get into college and further my career. I also want to obtain this just because I do not set many difficult goals for myself, so when I do, I feel that I must complete the goal successfully. I have always had the goal of becoming a Wildcat at the University of Kentucky. Nearly my entire family (on my father's side) has at some point attended the university, therefore, feel that I must attend the university as well.
The stereotypical version of the normal life of a teenager proceeding to college would include high academic standards met throughout their high school career and outstanding outside testing scores resulting in automatic entry into the institution of their choice. Many of these individuals have the support of their accomplished family members in the form of financial support. There are those who have not had the luxuries of any easy upbringing but forced to decide between a life with a college degree or full-time employment. For myself I want to have it all and to achieve that I have taken on both.
As a college student, who looking for building a career through higher education, decisions that I have made have had a lot of effect on my path. Decisions that mostly benefited me and sometimes had led me to tough situations and made me feel that I got burned out. This semester is going to be an example of bad decisions that I made in my entire college experience. I thought I can handle multiple courses and labs along with my working schedule. however I tried, but my plans did go as well as I expected. Although, dropping some of them, helped not to feel such a burden but it was too late. So I got behind but never gave up. Without a good spirit, I started back on. I did my best not to look back and just focused to move
In my household, from the time I was in Kindergarten, my mother expected academic excellence and nothing less. With her help I was an A student, Science fair grand champion, Young authors winner, Community helpers member, Young academic role model and more. At the age of eleven I lost my mother to Invasive Breast Cancer. Being academically successful was her goal for me and up to that point in her life she instilled the values of education and hard work ethic into me. At that young age I had to decide how I was going to continue being academically successful in school and what were my educational goals for myself. Since that day every school year I ask myself that same question,and this year being my senior year it’s more prominent than ever. My short term educational goals are: to apply and be admitted to 4 universities, maintain a 3.7 gpa, pass AP calc and English exam’s with a score of 4 or higher, and graduate with honors.
I came back to the Lutheran Seminary in 2012 after a having a conversation with man that would later become a mentor to me. At his prompting along with many others I made a decision to enter into the ordination process of the ELCA. For me that brought mass levels of trepidation as I had heard horror stories of that process. It became another entity in my life where value becomes evident by participation. I knew the work that would be required and I decided to make that plunge.
As a student at RFUMS, I will use my experiences as a paramedic to contribute to the university's diversity. My paramedic career has granted me the opportunity to interact and treat patients outside of the hospital, offering the rare perspective of viewing the environment from which our patients come from. This has opened my eyes to the barriers those in a lower socioeconomic status face. By applying and sharing my experiences, I can help others understand and empathize with patients. I will embrace and respect the experiences offered by other students, working together to provide exemplary and compassionate patient
My mother accompanied me to the University of Arkansas Fort Smith to assist me in signing up for college classes. “The most natural way to organize the events of a narrative, of course, is chronologically.” (K. Flachmann and M. Flachmann 110). I looked over the course catalog and degree plans and saw a course for emergency medical technician (E.M.T.). I knew immediately that was what I was taking. I was in for rude awakening when class started. It was much more difficult and time consuming than I could have imagined. I did well in high school, and that still didn’t prepare me for the commitment for emergency medical training. I finished school, but you had to be at least twenty one years old to work for an ambulance service. I went to
“Don't be afraid to write crap because crap makes great fertilizer”, said author Jessica Brody, a quote I recently plastered above my computer. Throughout school, I would always dread English. If it were conveying personal thoughts on paper or having to stand up and read a book report aloud. I never felt comfortable. Reading beautiful plays, poetry or stories always brought a sense of jealousy. It was not a subject I was efficient at. My poem would be critiqued while another's is praised. It made me want to hide my feelings. I started to lean towards science as a strong suit to focus on; English was pushed into a corner to evade rather than improve on. My weaknesses, experience and learning passage as a writer is nothing to write home about.
First and foremost, this class brings a sign of releaif. The thought of graduating in a mere five weeks amazing. I have being on my education journey at King University since the beginning of 2015. Thus, having a family of 7, working full-time, tend to make college a challenge that I can almost say, I have conquered. To be honest, I have enjoyed every minute.
Most of the lessons I have learned since getting to college have been the result of pretty strong wake up calls. As far as classes go, I have yet to fail a test but I have come fairly close. I am quickly realizing that I cannot just coast through school at this level. I cannot settle for average grades if I want to get into any sort of physical therapy program. Social aspects have resulted in much more obvious wake up calls. Getting caught drinking was far from ideal. The police making us run was one hell of a lesson. I do not know if it will be enough to make me stop drinking entirely but it will definitely stop me for the foreseeable future. I will also make sure to be a lot more careful about it. A huge lesson I learned from all of that is do not let idiots bring you down with their mistakes.
When I was 29 years old I had my first child in grade school so I ended up leaving so I could have my child and be a mother to my son Kyle. When he turned two and the twins were already three I started to search for a good grade school that I felt was good for me because I still wanted to be a mother, work and get an education. I wanted to go back to school to get my masters degree when I found a school I liked I had to apply and get accepted so I could attend I ended up going to University of Maryland University College. When I started I already knew I had to take around 2-3 years worth of classes like financing and ethics but also had to pay a lot and make sure it worked with my family. When I started grade school it was stressful because
I have never really been a traditional learner. Since around 1st grade I was in accelerated classes with 7th and 8th graders, and I loved the feeling of being in a more mature place of learning. I think being around people much older my whole life, being on my actual academic level seems slow and easy to me. This past year, I thought the solution to this would be to do online school full time, however I've come to miss the feeling of an actual classroom setting because I want to be a teacher in the future. Being in a class room setting and interacting with teachers furthers my career goals because I feel like I'm constantly gaining information on what I do and do not want to do as a teacher.
My college and life goals are to go to a good college or university, such as UCR and to become a Crime Scene Investigator and then work my way up to an FBI agent. My steps to achieve those goals are simple, but could be challenging and I am determined to achieve them.
...new classes, I soon realized what would be the biggest challenge of college: deciding on a major. Yes, I am one of those people who started college without first declaring a major. I soon heard every question, suggestion, and response regarding possible options. I even began concocting false majors to throw some people off. Large-Scale Demolition was a crowd favorite.