Becoming a teacher has been the ultimate aspiration for myself since the first day I walked into kindergarten. As a very timid student, it was a difficult task transitioning from being with my mother everyday, to being part of a classroom environment full of strangers. However, my kindergarten teacher helped me through this transition smoothly, and adequately. I very quickly learned to love school. Soon after, I knew I would aspire to become a teacher. I would spend countless hours at home with a blackboard, acting as a teacher to my imaginary students throughout my elementary school years.
My family emigrated from the Dominican Republic when I was two years old. At the time, none of us spoke any fluent English. Due to their limited education, my parents both worked blue-collar jobs — my father as a kitchen steward and my mother as a building maintenance worker. Early on I was instilled with the the importance of an education, and have since been advocating for not only myself, but for my family. Although many people tried to deter me from becoming a teacher due to the lower salary, and in their opinion, a stressful job, I continued with my aspiration.
My interest in education may have been the impetus that attracted me to CUNY Hunter. When I began my undergraduate degree at CUNY Hunter, I majored in English Language Arts, with a minor in Sociology. I had the opportunity to be exposed to a full range of both English and Sociology courses, all of which helped to reinforce and solidify my immense interest in Childhood Education. I 've also had the opportunity to study a broad range of subjects in the humanities, which have been both enjoyable and enlightening, providing me with a new and different perspectives on the world in ...
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...a better teacher throughout my career. I believe it is a function of human nature to want to change the world for the better. In adulthood, I have learned that the improvement of the welfare of the world must begin with me.
As much as I have learned and experienced in my lifetime, I recognize the fact that it is vital for me to continue learning, continue growing and continue giving back to the people of my community. It is for this reason that I wish to become a graduate student at Touro College. I have acquainted myself with the curriculum and background of the school and I look forward to the possibility of excelling in a school that is renowned for their education program. I anticipate a much greater understanding of the field of Education through my education within Touro College so I may give back to my city and community that has already given so much to me.
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