With my ambition and perseverance, I overcame obstacles including severe migraines and self-doubt. I learned to focus on what I felt was best for myself and pushed through every hardship. Knowing that a large amount of my peers often do not think of a future after high school and endure obstacles of their own inspired me to take action and become a College Summit Peer Leader. Being a peer leader gives me the opportunity to take the experiences that I have learned so then I can encourage my fellow peers to face their obstacles head on and ultimately instill hope and guidance into their lives. I enjoy helping others with their life struggles which leads me to the decision that in the later future, I would love to study psychology. This will enable me to further understand other’s emotions and how to go by helping them through their
Since a young age, I have always felt a special connection with children and how they are affected by physical disabilities and psychological disturbances. In this instance, all I can do is volunteer at different organizations to achieve my life purpose. Helping children feel better has always been what makes me feel glad. Currently, I am in the second semester of my psychology major, which I plan to extend to the fullest. Becoming one of the most distinguished women in child psychology in my residential area, being able to help children overcome traumas and frustrations, would stand for my goal completed. My belief is that every bit of who you become as an adult is because of how you felt as a child. I want to be there for those low-income families with children with behavioral disorders, who are not able to help pay for the consultations. When I have enough funds necessary my plan is to establish my kids' organization focused on helping children with a mental
For a majority of my life, I wanted to be a pediatrician when I grew up. I had wanted to be a pediatrician due to my passion to work with children, in addition to enhancing the lives of children. As I continued to grow up, I realized that science is not my strong suit and I would never survive medical school. I do not recall how I learned about the profession of social work, but around the eighth grade I have known that social work was the profession that I wanted to pursue. The idea of helping others is what initially struck me as compelling because I did not understand social work in it’s entirety, but I knew that I would relish a life of helping other individuals.
To me psychology in itself is a beautiful mosaic piece hanging in museum and a Mozart’s symphony piece paying in the background. My interest in clinical psychology dates back to my years in high school, where I excelled in psychology. When I was a senior, I took a second-year course in psychology at my high school. This advanced-level AP psychology class was engaging and interesting, and earned an A. Since then all I can remember, I have been motivated to understand human thought, feeling, and behavior. It seemed only logical that I pursue a career in clinical psychology.
I am currently a Psychology major at Brigham Young University. I am graduating in April 2017 with a Bachelor’s of Psychology and a double minor in Family Life and Gerontology. This coming December 2016, I will be applying to the Masters of Social Work program at both BYU. I hope to become a medical social worker and be employed in a hospital as a child life specialist or a therapist for cancer patients and families. I’m attracted to social work because I served a service mission for 18 months in Guatemala teaching ecclesiastical principles and providing service to hundreds of Guatemalans. I left my heart there and came back with a determination to help those in need. With my educational background and my ability to speak Spanish, I am confident that I will be able serve many people in need. I have been able to volunteer as a Hospice Relief Supporter, a volunteer teacher at the Utah State Hospital, a volunteer at the crisis line, and as the Volunteer Coordinator at Camp Kesem (a free summer camp for children whose parents are affected by cancer). The more I volunteer, the more experience I gain and the greater my desire for social work grows.
One of my goals for this interview was to learn how Dr. D’Costa became the child psychologist she is today. To learn more about this, I asked her what she majored in, what classes she took, where she went to graduate school, and why she chose to specifically become a child psychologist in India. Firstly, I learned that Dr. D’Costa originally planned to major in biology to become a family doctor. However, after taking a psychology class in her sophomore year of college, she decided to change her major to psychology because she decided she was more interested in helping people with their mental health rather than their physical health. Throughout her time in undergraduate studies, Dr. D’Costa took a variety of classes in all different areas of psychology. However, by the time she reached her senior year, she decided to apply for counseling psychology graduate programs. Although she spent her time in undergraduate school in the United States, Dr. D’Costa decided to attend Martin Luther Christian University in Shillong, India to complete her graduate degree. Dr. D’Costa
Consequently, I cannot say with any degree of certainty that I know what I want to pursue as a career. These past few weeks, however, have led me to believe that I want to be either a Child Psychologist or a Pediatric Genetic Counselor. The first and most evident link between these two careers is the aspect of working with adolescents. I am passionate about children and have extensive experience working with them in the past. I believe myself to be particularly well suited to working with adolescents, but even more importantly, I greatly enjoy it! Both of these careers also employ some measure of counseling and interacting with people who are in need of assistance. However, a Pediatric Genetic Counselor would work primarily to assess children for risk factors for a variety of inherited conditions; then they would advise the children and their families and provide support and coping mechanisms, whereas Child Psychologists work to evaluate children for mental and emotional disorders without specializing in genetics. Both of these careers intrigue me, and I hope to further narrow down my career path as I learn more about each individual career, as well as Psychology as a whole. Either way, an undergraduate degree in Psychology will greatly assist me in reaching these
In five years’ time, I will have graduated from Indiana State University’s Honors Program with a bachelor’s degree in psychology, and be actively pursuing my goal of becoming a psychiatrist at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine. My passion to become a psychiatrist stems from a love for psychology that I developed during my sophomore and junior year in high school.
From a young age, I have always been passionate about helping others. In the future, I see myself as a counselor or therapist; a professional that others can rely upon in the community. As an international student, I hope to gain a bigger world view and use my abilities to support others on an international and global scale. One of the most frustrating parts of growing up, is the inability to aid those in need. Witnessing first hand the tragedies many of my close friends had to go through, prompted me to spend many nights researching different coping strategies and related support to help them. When a laugh and a smile became not enough, I made a promise to myself to become someone others could professionally turn to. Taking AP Psychology
Henry David Thoreau once said, “Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined.” Ever since I was young, I have repetitively told myself this for my everyday future. Being a senior stepping into the real world in just a few months is intimidating, but a challenge that I am more than ready to face head on. In this upcoming fall, I will be attending The University of South Dakota striving for a bachelor degree in a mental health field of study. I believe that I have chosen this field of expertise because of the influence my parents have had on me, and possibly, most importantly, always pushing me to be a better, more understanding human being.
As I graduate from Concordia University with a double major in psychology and behavioral science, I have many career and educational paths to pursue. One career goal in the forefront of my mind is a clinical psychologist. I have an interest in this career field because I have a strong interest in the diagnosis and treatment of severe mental illness. In order to be able to do such things in my future, further education is needed. Thus, postgraduate education is a strong interest of mine.
I crave a new beginning, to grow beyond words and no longer hinder myself. My father passed away shortly before my thirteenth birthday. Since I am the youngest of two children and having the burden of a broken family already the loss was almost unbearable. My older sister to this day has coping issues, she was barely sixteen at the time. It was through the compassion of trying to keep her together that my passion for psychology evolved. Psychology is used everyday and though it may seem so simple it is truly empowering. My goal is to continue my education and become a child therapist. I currently work in a daycare and witness the behavioral differences in children daily. Examples of these are children who are being emotionally neglected and
When I first started my college journey I initially majored in Biology. Not knowing what I wanted to do, I was influenced by my advisor to enter the biology field. After my third year, I decided not to pursue biology anymore, and that’s when I discovered my passion for the Psychology field. After receiving my undergrad in psychology, I knew that I wanted to get my masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, but I had no idea of how broad this area is. This week assignment granted me the opportunity to interview someone who has been in this profession for 25 plus years who has worked in all sectors when it comes to mental health counseling. It allowed me to learn the pros and cons of this field and it even gave me more insight and clarity on exactly what I wanted to do. I found this week assignment to be very informative and I believe it is necessary for anyone that’s interesting in entering in this field. I am grateful for the knowledge and advice that I received during this week assignment.
At this point in my life I am eager to continue my education in the hopes of mastering my purpose of helping others. I realize that by way of consequence of difference, the intersectionality of many factors of an individual’s life can lead to negative experiences and this is an aspect of society I hope to change. Also, my dream of opening my own psychology office would not be possible without furthering my education. This degree will allow me to counsel at risk youth and make a difference in their lives. I know that continuing my education through this program will prepare me for the professional practice I will encounter daily and help to lay the foundation of my future as a helpful member of society.