This experience led me to carry out several ventures. One of my first ventures was helping in food bank where I helped to pack food and transport it to several organizations and people in need. was hard to balance my school work with volunteering since I had to go in the evenings, but I developed the grit and passion to work hard! I started feeling a sense of accomplishment and gained responsibility.
The time is now to become a Special Education Teacher. I believe the best fit for my academic and vocational goals is the UWM Exceptional Education Post-Baccalaureate Teacher Certification Program. I have been a teacher of students with special needs for the last couple of years in alternative settings.
Junior year. My junior year I realized things about myself that I hadn’t previously known. Things I’ve never done before and things people thought I couldn’t do. Situations I thought I wouldn’t be in and there I was. Junior year, I did it.
A experience that forever changed my life and outlook on life happened last summer. Last summer I went to Colombia for a week. The trip included myself along with eleven others. While I was there, I helped out in a church, a boys farm, and a youth retreat.
In high school, I had a very positive experience throughout, but perhaps the most memorable experience would come from my involvement with the FFA. I remember the Ag classes was unlike any other classes on campus because we would go to the school farm to learn from hands-on experiences. My teacher Mrs. Keverline would become more than just a teacher for me she would become a role model. Mrs. Keverline would help me improve with showing pigs as my SAE project, she teaches me about the importance of agriculture, and lastly, she helps made me into the public speaker that I am today. In FFA I had the opportunity to do public speaking competition or event and at the time I was scared to do them, but glad I did because it helps me out in the long.
Looking back on high school, one memory usually stands out. For me, it was when our band marched in the Tournament of Roses. Preceding the Rose Bowl in Pasadena every January, we were thrilled to be in the parade. Considered one of the best bands in the state, the parade officials contacted our band director. The problem was only paying for the trip. However, holding spaghetti suppers and car washes, the money was eventually raised. We went to California two days early to visit Disneyland. Covered with thousands of flowers, we also got a sneak preview of the floats. Reporting to the parade site at 6:00 a.m., our place in the parade was assigned. Marching the six-mile route, more than a million people would watch us. Watching the parade on
Most people have some sort of experience or memory that has had a profound impact on their life. A parent passed away, a competition was won, or an obstacle was faced. My most impactful experience is much simpler, yet just as important as these moments. Summer camp. I know, it does not sound like anything big, but my years at a small summer camp in Maine made me who I am today.
My first memory is when I got to fly down to Atlanta, Georgia for the National 4-H Congress during Thanksgiving break. This was my first national 4-H event that I went to and it was really different from the regional and state events that I have attended. I got to meet so many people from all across the country and even Puerto Rico! It
I have had multiple experiences in the past few years of my life that have greatly impacted me and changed the way that I go about life. During my Junior year, I learned that I had been granted the opportunity to attend the California Boys State program. This program took place during the summer after my junior year, and it was one of the greatest experiences I have ever had. I met hundreds of new people from all across the state. During the program, I made many great friends, and I still talk to a group of around fifteen people from the program. While talking to other people from what seemed so far away, it really opened my eyes to the scale of the entire country, or the world. For once, I truly realized that everybody has their own problems and their own life. Every person that I talked to had a different story and it was very stunning.
An experience that has provided me with the most growth as a person is my involvement in mentoring an at-risk teen in Athens, GA for 3 years. Mentoring has improved my leadership and interpersonal skills. It kept me accountable to living at a higher standard in order to be a positive role model for another person. I also developed a greater appreciation for diversity from spending time with a person from a culture much different from my own. Overall this experience instilled a passion for all people regardless of race, ethnicity, social status, gender, or age. A genuine interest for others motivates me to learn more about human behaviors and pursue a career in counseling. Another experience I have that has provided me with opportunities to grow and improve is my experience as an intern at Jay’s Hope Foundation. The Jay’s Hope Foundation offers many different avenues of support to children diagnosed with cancer and their families. I was able to be in direct contact with families facing life-threatening situations. It was a very emotionally heavy internship, but I learned so much and was encouraged by the resiliency of the children and families. At Jay’s Hope, I learned the importance of teamwork, I developed flexibility, I became more organized, and I gained more confidence in my ability to
Winter break was around the corner, and I had made each child a small plaque with their name on it. As all of the children gathered around to collect their plaques, one student said “I'm going to keep this forever.” That's when I realized, moments like that is why I do this. When I finished my degree at Cortland, I became a family life specialist at The Children's Home of Wyoming Conference. In this position, I taught, and provided care for underprivileged children, who had nowhere else to go. While there, I started a craft club, took children to the library, taught them life lessons, and took care of their general well- being. There are many stories to tell from the two years I spent there. Although some memories stick out more than others. I will never forget one of the little ones that I had a special bond with. She was having a very tough day at school one day, and would not settle down for any of the teachers or our staff. Other measures were going to be taken, when I asked if
Life experiences, thus far, have taught me the importance of adaptability, patience, perseverance, and understanding. I was raised in a culture which is very different from the mainstream norms and was financially unstable for the first half of my life. By fully integrating myself within the diverse nature of the United States, I was able to ordinary member of society.
Kindergarten: Mrs. K Working alongside peers who were very different than me, but were also similar. In Kindergarten, I was placed in an experimental classroom that was designed to integrate students with special needs into the mainstream classroom. I remember students receiving extra attention, but the teachers were always focused on each and every one of us building that connection. I still talk to Mrs. K every few years. She built a very special connection with her students.
I am currently a student at Western Michigan University studying Early Childhood Professional Education. I am looking into jobs for this upcoming fall semester, and if given the chance, the Children’s Place Learning Center would be a great opportunity to continue gaining experience for my field of study. I am
Dominican Republic If I had to pick on thing that impacted me the most during my high school career, I would have to choose my Dominican Republic mission trips. I got the privilege of serving the Dominicans twice during spring break my junior and senior year. I had served on mission trips in the United States before but I had never been out of the country not even for vacation. Needless to say, the traveler in me was definitely excited about explore a different country and flying over the ocean for the first time. However, this excitement did not compare to the fullness I felt while serving in the Dominican. We had 3 main projects while in the Dominican and each one stretched my faith and my comfort zone in a different way. While we were