If you had met me in high school, you would realize I am not the same person I am today. I used to believe that people do not change, they never will. Growing up I came to believe that it is impossible for people to change. This is not true, after being in college for a short four months, I am a completely different person than I was when I left home which is for the better. Unfortunately, I was arrested the first week of school.
I had to take 17 hours to graduate but I knew that if I stayed focused that I would be able to do it. It was a difficult semester because I still lived in Conway, I was working 40 hours a week, and I had 17 hours of classes that I was taking. I knew though it was all about to pay off because I would be graduating soon. It was always in the back of my head that I wanted to get my masters in College Student Personnel. I decided that I was going to do my capstone project over the Student Support Services at Tech because I had been a part of the program since it first started.
I will help my students to find other resources to support their learning process. For example, I can suggest students to search about an idea, fact, or any information from books or the internet. This will help them in enhancing their knowledge and will also prevent them from relying on the teacher support only. In addition to that, I will help them to read and write more and encourage them to practice English outside the classroom. I will also provide students the tools that will assist them in learning and will also build their interest of learning in the classroom and incorporate a variety of assessments that I gained from the assessment ... ... middle of paper ... ...ssible way.
After taking this class, I now know that it means to reflect on your past experiences and use them as advice, connect them to reality and make it applicable to your life, and then engage actively and be persistent and do your best. I believe these steps often lead to success and can be used in problem solving. I plan to continue my liberal education by doing things I wouldn’t have done before taking this class. This includes studying abroad, being enthusiastic about Gen Eds, and by living out the 4 agreements. I have dreams to go to spain and learn about my major as well as a different culture on the other side of the planet.
Honestly speaking, I was an eager child to attend school. Around middle school and high school I became less focused on school and more focused on whether or not people liked me and baby sitting my mother's alcoholic boyfriend. Focusing on these things instead of my school work I ended up doing poorly in both my education and personal life. Coming from a household where neither adult had attended college it was not expected of me to attend either. Not only am I in college now but I plan on earning two degrees.
Studying abroad provides social work students with the opportunity to develop knowledge of international social work, global citizenship and well cultural competency (Das & Anand, 2014). Globalization will allow students to learn more about the world; world-wide studies. Intercultural competence enables personal growth and professional development from ethnocentrism to intercultural sensitivity (Tesoriero, 2006). Personal growth will more than likely occur after students travel to other places; i.e. they will learn how culture can influence a person’s daily routine.
My educational goal, as well as that of my family, is to graduate high school and move onto university where I can stud... ... middle of paper ... ...ry to help them have a better understanding of the matter. I aspire to help others no matter what the field is. It doesn’t work some of the times due to how I explain things. But the beauty of failing the first time is to continue another time until one improves. The purpose of university is to learn and improve.
My hope is that I am able to look back on the friendships and connections I created, and the life lessons I was confronted with. Living a whole semester in a different country will bring along the involvement of learning how to live within a society that differs from what I’m use to. I expect to use my new cultural experiences in hopes that it will assist me down the road when adjusting to new environments and situations. Lastly, I hope that I am able to gain experience that can be utilized within future professional work. Being able to utilize my experiences and knowledge gained from being abroad in a future job would be great.
Finally the extra work was reflecting in my grades. My parents were glad to see that my education had some meaning. That summer after school I just wanted to find a job and start making some money. Going to college for anther four year was something I thought I could not handle. I final got a job at UPS unloading trucks.
When I come back from study abroad I want to promote the experience with everyone. If anyone asks me about my program or my host country I will gladly answer any questions they might have. I would want to participate in the Study Abroad Fair and represent the program I was apart of. Since I took an internship I will have experience getting a VISA and have an understanding of how my host university’s program works. I can be an advisor for students looking for any guidance on their journey to St. Mary’s.