In the first months of college, I wasn’t so sure if I wanted to pursue architecture, finance, or engineering; I was utterly lost, unlike many of my peers. Over the months, I pondered on what I wanted to do for the rest of my life. Then, I realized I was never interested in obtaining a job where I would sit at a desk and stare at some numbers on a computer screen for 9 hours every day. Through my daily routine and utilization of time, I realized I found less joy in the courses I applied least outside of the classroom, yet was intrigued that with the many hours I worked in the studio. I could work on a skill in which I could use in the career I wanted; a path in which I could leave a legacy through molding the world the way I wanted to see
I knew I wanted to be successful in life. I wanted my son to be proud of his mother. There was a strength in me I knew exsisted. I wanted to make an impact on my life and the life of others and I knew education was the key. I worked and continued to do research on healthcare careers and schools I could attend. After researching the different professions, I knew I wanted to be a Dental Assistant. I decided to move back to San Diego to pursue my new career.
I was indecisive of my future career path. My mom would tell me the classic “You should be a lawyer” or “You should be a doctor.” I would go along with her idea for a couple weeks until I jumped off the bandwagon. I wasn’t passionate about either of those fields; I was interested in both math and science and as a young girl. As I got older, I became invested in technology due to my love of gaming, but I didn’t know that people devote their lives to technology until I interned.
In August of 2007 I decide to further my education and attend classes at the University of Phoenix. I was in customer service as a bartender and waitress and have three children. I had my children young but knew I had the potential to improve the quality of my life and apply personal experience in my field of interest. Since personal experience was not enough, I knew I had to get the credentials to pay forward.
From there I moved to vehicle maintenance department working on cars and trucks. I have done several other jobs in the USPS that made me a resourceful and reliable employee. Though I enjoy the opportunities that USPS gave me, I would still like to go back working as an Electronic Tech.
Last summer, I hiked the Appalachian Trail with my wonderful partner Travis—who graduated from WCU with a Bachelor’s in Psychology. This was our first big hike together on the AT; spanning over 400 miles in just about 30 days. It was an incredible experience that grounded me and influenced a new-found discipline that only genuinely wholehearted, physically-taxing effort can provide. I was enlightened to my own personal values, goals, and abilities in such a way that I could analyze them as a network, as opposed to individual aspects of my life. I uncovered my path to continue wholly dedicating myself to my studies and my ambitions; I found what was truly important to me and what I truly wanted. Within this experience, I resolved to have “West Chester University” on my
Fear and anxiety plagued my mind during this transition, however my wife and daughter kept my mind at ease. The information and instruction that was provided from the Professors at Durham Tech galvanized something deep within me. I began to strive for goals that I thought were unattainable as a naïve adolescent. Instructors encouraged me to work hard and to be persistent when it came to the immense obstacles of my course work such as giving a presentation at an honors symposium as an honors student. After countless years of self doubt and negative feelings towards education as a whole, for the first time in my life, I felt like college was an option for
According to this week’s lecture, this topic covered the significance of California, why is it a diverse state, and how does it attract many people from outside of California. Throughout this main idea, California is a number one largest history in the United State and this what brings people from others including outside of the country to explore California. California has been important through the huge change in this state that everyone had notice way back from the past and many great places to visit.
I was born in Merida, Mexico. That special day my father was in prison, he would leave our family by my fourth birthday. It would take me eight years to reunite with him in America. With two sisters and a single mother, I became the man of the house at a young age. Neither of my parents finished a high school education. I held my first job at age seven cleaning windshields at stoplights for any available change, in an effort to alleviate my mother’s burdens. My life experiences have taught me resiliency, hard work, and determination.
As for my story, I decided to follow my sister’s path to the hippie utopian society of CU Boulder after graduation. I spent a semester as an undeclared astrophysics major trying to find my place. While the campus is breathtaking and the Flatirons are nothing short of spectacular, the atmosphere just wasn’t for me and by the end of the semester I decided to leave. For the next seven months I used the time the best I could. I backpacked the Grand Canyon, camped on the Big Sur coast, hiked the arches of Moab, and almost got eaten by a bear in Grand Teton National Park. Despite almost dying, these trips helped me realize that happiness was much more important to me than money. This idea brought me here. I decided to bring my childhood dream of becoming a pilot to life and major in aviation and aerospace science here at MSU.
I have never been away from home for no more than a couple of weeks at most. Home, the light ocean breeze, warm sun, and the oh so ever green mountains always waited for my return. Up until a couple of years ago, I never imagined leaving my home in Hawaii.
Everything started to look up as I changed, tweaked and learned more. I became friends with so many great people as they helped me beyond measures to adjust to such a big change. On another note, my family began to get in a routine as my dad also gained a better paying job in Danville, as well as both of my parents becoming less stressed out. Eventually, everything began to flow smoothly
Upon completion of my undergraduate degree in Aviation Management, I will pursue a career with a major airline. Not only will I realize a life long dream but also it will be a personal accomplishment in an academic road that was often complicated. Ideals may change, values do not and some things just take a little more time to achieve.