Ever since I was a young child, my parents always told me to try my best in school, they always told me this for the reason that they never had the opportunity to have a good job because they never finished school. This event is shaping me to care a lot regarding my education. In addition to that, another event that has shaped me to become the person I am today is that since my parents don’t have good paying jobs they have to work hard to take care of me and my siblings this event has caused me to become a hard working person and to seize all opportunities to live a good life because I don’t want to struggle like my parents.
As a young girl growing up in Haiti, I experienced first hand that the path my parents chose for themselves was not the life that I wanted for myself. I was able to relate closely to Richard Rodriguez in “The Achievement Desire” because he faced many struggles that I too faced as a young girl. My parents always pressured me to work hard at school, I was always suppose to have my homework for Monday done by Friday night, which made
My parents always encouraged my siblings and I that we were capable of doing anything that we set our minds to. It didn’t matter where or what we wanted to do; all that mattered was if we had the passion to do it and succeed. From that, I was always set on becoming a doctor. It didn’t matter what kind; I just knew I wanted to help people. From a young age, I knew that my parents worked hard so that my siblings and I might have a better life than my parents. Both of my parents came from Vietnam with little to nothing. They both got jobs at Excel before they were twenty, and, after ten years, they met each other and got married. They and bought a motel and restaurant, and managed that for another ten years. They were
As a Junior in High School, I am currently considering all of my career options. I am thinking of all the things that I can do in my life, and it is crazy to think of how big of a decision this is! During my childhood, I wanted to be a Physical Therapist. As I have grown older, my career thoughts are a little similar but have moved some. Currently, I want something to do with agriculture and/or nursing.
I want to be a part of Arts 360 because I believe this will allow me to greater understand, and expand my understandings and opportunities in the art field. I find my love of art to continually grow as I experience and learn more about various aspects of the field. I want to grow in my understandings of arts administration. I would like the exposure to see the various jobs and tasks that are within arts related fields. I really want the opportunity to network with people from diverse artists and creators. Also, I love that this program will allow me to meet other peers who share a love and appreciation of the arts. The art field is so competitive, so to join a group where everyone wants to succeed at their craft is
The statement ‘without good parents, a child cannot achieve the American Dream’ has arose, a statement with which many agree with. This statement, however, is not true. Defining the American Dream reminds us of the influential message our political leaders send out when in crisis, “reminding Americans of their can-do spirit, that individuals have the power to bring about change”. One’s ability to achieve the coveted American Dream has nothing to do with a person’s upbring, but rather has everything to do with their attitude and their ability to work hard. Whether you raised in a broken home or raised with the perfect suburban family the fact still remains that your upbringing does not define you nor your abilities. You do.
When I was a young girl, I remember seeing the determination my parents had. They fought to provide a better lifestyle for me and my sisters. Every day was figuring out how they were going to put food on the table and to ensure homework was done. On the weekends, my parents made me dedicate time to read books or do something educational. I hated it and always complained, then they would lecture me about how hard it was for them to get an education and how good I had it compared to living in their country, Cambodia.
I was introduced to the world of art by my elementary art teacher. During my fifth grade art class, my art teacher pointed out my talent and offered me to take Windows Art prep class. Windows Art prep class prepared students with the portfolios for middle school Windows Art. After I got accepted to take Windows Art, I had to decide between two middle schools. I decided that I want to try out and during two years in Windows Art class I developed an interest in art.
My parents’ words haunt me every time I would want to give up. They followed me everywhere like a dog following its owner. These words made me realized that I wanted to overcome my family’s current status. I want to be able to be better than my parents. I want to be able to not worry about money or resources on a daily bases. I want to be able to in return help my parents with their problems like they did for me for many years.
Growing up I've been asked a thousand times what I wanted to be. I never thought to this day I would still want to be an interior designer. When I was little my goal was to be this huge designer everyone knew. Now I'm trying to make that dream come true. My career pathway is business management and administration. Taking this pathway will help me achieve my career goal because it'll teach me how to own a business by the certain classes offered to me.
When was a small child, I had a lot of imagination and was burning with creativity. My sister and I had a composition notebook full of ideas for our own tree-house. Even though they were crazy and unrealistic, we still put a lot of passion into them. There is this odd thing I do when I listen to music, I started jumping around in my room with my arms spread out like a bird so it looks like I'm flying. My mom calls it "Dance Fantasies!" and she would wiggle her fingers while saying it. Today, the book is long gone, my sister is a freshman college and I'm a high school Senior. Our minds have drifted from all those insane projects we did as kids. Nowadays, I have thought about putting my imagination and creativity into my future career. I remember when I was an eighth grade I thought about what I wanted to do once I got into high school, and I narrowed my options down to Culinary Arts.
As a child, everybody believes that their parents are the best in addition to being capable of anything, myself included; but as I grew older, I came to realize how much of what I believed was just a fantasy made up by my naïve concepts of the world. My mother and father constantly tried their best to feed all three of us while providing the few luxuries they could afford. At times, I considered dropping out of school in order to work with my father to bring in more money for the family, trying to give my brother the most comfortable life we could all provide. This situation arose due to the lack of education in my family, as my father didn’t attend high school, furthermore my mother didn’t graduate from high school. This vicious cycle has been running in my family for generations, constantly feeding the lack of educational opportunities that parents are able to give to their children. Several instances shaped me into who I am today including my childhood, my aspirations, and my successes. I happily took the challenge of attempting to graduate debt free from a prestigious college or university, a goal I am still working towards that today by trying by best with my studies.
Growing up in a household with a mom who is an interior designer specializing in kitchens and bathrooms I was always encouraged to step out of my comfort zone when it came to art and design. I would always finding new ways to make my room look better by searching for new art to put on the walls or a new rug to add some more color to the room. My family recently remodeled our basement and my mom allowed my to help with the design process. Being able to put my ideas and visions onto paper was very fun for more. I loved seeing how the floor that I picked out went really great with the cabinet color and how the color of the sectional and the accent colors in the room felt great with the wall color. One thing that I am very passionate about is design. I could spend hours picking out the best bedspread that would look great in a room or even something that is as simple as the throw pillows for a couch. When I am bored or have down time I love to go to stores such as Home Goods to look at all the fun new things they have. I could spend countless hours in Home Goods walking around and envisioning what room that certain piece of furniture would look the best in. One of the many things that I am most curious about is the new up and coming trends that are happening in the interior design world. I love to going onto the Houzz app and browsing around looking at the creative designs that others have
In my family, ambition is one of our highest values. If it wasn’t for the struggles in which my parents endured throughout their lives thus far I would not have the life chances I have been blessed with today. I have never had to worry about if I was going to be able to eat at night or where I was going to sleep each day. I have never experienced discrimination based on the color of my skin and my only worry about discrimination will ever be in regard to my gender. I have never experienced the struggles my parents and millions of other people have had to experience growing up. My parent’s perseverance through the good and bad times in order to achieve social mobility has always allowed me to live a good and comfortable life and for that I have always been grateful. Neither of my parents had the easiest upbringing and hearing about the experiences they have had in order to be where they are today is remarkable to me.
Currently I am exploratory with my major, but I have an idea of what I would really love to do with my life. The major I would more than likely go with is construction. I love to build things, especially wood projects or remolding. My dream career would consist of building houses as my everyday job. I would someday dream of owning my own contracting business, either back home or in Colorado.