Learning that school is something to be glad about was one aspect I will never forget. School helps spark and form the character of discovery in one’s mind. To find problems in the world’s society and attempt to fix them so future generations will not be forced to make that same mistake. Other than social media, education is the most powerful tool to train an adolescent’s mind. Coming from the Nobleboro Central School I have this story. The first trimester was a long one, I had never presented a project before and didn’t know the first thing about talking out loud in front of a class. Also, my English was considerably bad with papers handed in, in rough draft form. My English is still a little rusty, although my past teachers have guided me past the few trimesters preparing me for an average High School paper. Concludingly, the first trimester of public school was a real learning experience with mostly a C average in most of my classes which left room for improvement. The second trimester I had an understanding of school and was trying more and more on improving how I could understand teachers. This time of education at public school was the aha moment wherein I could explore the true reasons of presentations, tests and open book exams. The third and final trimester was a matter of consistency in grades. Because of this, most of my trimester average grades were in the B+/A range. Thankfully, because of this I had finished the 8th grade with most subjects having a yearly average of a
Does the walker choose the path or the path the walker? Believe it or not, sometimes it’s the latter. People often ask me why I chose public service and working for the State Department and I often tell them it kind of just happened. Growing up I had a completely different career path mapped out for me. I want to work in early childhood education and had passion in developing the next generation. After finishing high school, I took classes and researched opening my own daycare. At age 19, I had a successful licensed daycare with one employee and eight students. This was the path I chose and excelled in it and I thought that this career was what I was meant to do.
My professional goal is to apply my knowledge and experience in a way that contributes to the overall success of any mission and safeguards our communities. To that end, I would like to pursue a career as either an emergency manager for a town or city, a senior manager in the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), or a senior manager in the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). I believe my current and past experiences make me an excellent candidate for a senior level management position in any of these areas.
Growing up in the inner city of Los Angeles taught me many things; make sure you’re inside before the street lights come on, never wear all red or blue, and make sure you get a good education so that one day you can leave the inner city behind. I was fortunate enough to have both a mother and a father who stressed the importance of excelling academically because attending an inner city, LA county, public school did not instill a love of academics in myself or my peers. Our teachers had checked out, the curriculum was not inspiring or relatable, and everyday there was yet another fight happening during recess. As time went on I witnessed my classmates and I take completely different paths. The strong support system I had at home proved effective. As I went on to go to college, many of my peers dropped out, the dismal state of our public school system had clearly failed them. During my undergraduate studies, the stories of my old classmates did not leave my mind.
Academically, managing an AP class with five other core classes, along with constantly worrying about the situation at home, my grades suffered tremendously. Even though I constantly came in after and before school for additional help in my studies, my focus on the intense arguments and the mood of our household occupied my concentration and welcomed me to a stage of a depression. Since my house, my sanctuary, was disturbed, my own house became a very frightening place to study; so I walked to the public library. But still, even at the library, all I could think about was “what will happen when I go home?” abstractly enough, I felt responsible.
While reading Too Cool for School by Ellis Cose I have became aware of various aspects of my ‘schooling’ experience. I realized that I may not have had the best schooling experience, but I never pushed up against the system to get any better. Throughout my life I have attended over 10 schools some very high end others bottom of the barrel. Like Cose, I always knew my intellectual abilities, but I was always so dissatisfied with my situation I didn't make the best of it. Instead of soaking up as much knowledge as possible and making a lesson out of my situation I became complacent. I started to slack off and allow myself to become stagnant to what I knew my abilities were. I allowed myself to be a product of my environment when I should I have
Soon enough, I started to believe them; by the conclusion of fourth grade, I felt worthless. When I learned that I would be transferring schools, I saw redemption. That summer, I exchanged novels for magazines; I went on extreme diets to lose weight as if cutting pounds could cut the memories of abuse from my head. Going into fifth grade, I found myself googling “How to be Normal” in an attempt to abandon my identity; fifteen pounds and a miniskirt later, I had all but done so.
A career that has interested me for many years is becoming an Office Manager in the company IHA. IHA was formed in 1994 for families around the Washtenaw County area to be provided with professional physician care. I have worked in this company for five years doing reception work within different offices. I have found a passion to become an Office Manager which would require me to have a 4-year Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration and 2-years of experience in management anywhere. Since I have been there for five years I have learned how offices work within this company which I feel will benefit my future. I strive learns as much as I can in this company, so I can have a great deal of knowledge of what my future employees do in their
It was rough growing up in a single parent household. I was the oldest of three boys. I did not have the best amenities that many of my peers had. While my friends played outside after school, I was in the house, reading, writing and studying. My mother emphasised the importance of education. It was torture; I did not want to study. I wanted the high end clothes, I wanted to play outside and flirt with girls. I wanted to be popular instead of being viewed as the smart guy; the kid that everyone voted as most likely to
My parents’ divorce left my mom in a desperate state. She swallowed her pride and found a shelter through Boston Housing Authority for herself, my sisters, and me to reside. In the shelter, there was only one room and one bed, so I often found myself studying on the bathroom floor. I didn’t want to disturb my younger siblings, but I was determined to get my homework done. I maintained exceptional grades through secondary school despite my circumstance. Nevertheless, I am grateful for those moments. My battle with hunger and bullying transformed me into a tenacious and enterprising woman. If I had not experienced tribulations, I might have taken my education for
My early education has been shaped by a very difficult challenge, but also many positive circumstances have formed my way of learning. I was home schooled throughout my grade school years, but due to financial and family circumstances throughout that period; I was lacking in my education. Throughout, my school years I always felt dumb, and that I could not connect with all my friends who went to “normal” school. Also, I feared how my future would turn out. “Would I be able to go to college? Could I get a decent job? What would happen to me?” This trial of education has been one of the most formative events
I have been working in Emergency Management for nine years. Like many others before me, I was not pursuing an emergency management career, I fell into it based on the skills I possessed and my interests. About six years into my career, I realized that although I was proficient in many of the specific functions I performed, I still lacked the bigger picture. I was not necessarily looking for a promotion or different career, but a broader understanding of how the various components fit into this complex picture. This is why I chose to go back to school, on my own time, and earn my masters of science in emergency management. I did this while continuing in my current career. This is a heavy investment to make and one that took me two years to
The memories of a child’s first day of school to their last fades over time, but several instances in a child’s life will shape who they become. As a child, I attended schools in low income areas and like a handful of other kids at school I lagged in certain subjects. As a struggling student in an overcrowded and underfunded public school, I always found myself seated at the back of the classroom to be forgotten and overlooked.
My path was never set for me growing up. I was not raised by parents who would dress me up in college gear, parents who would research the top schools, or had a school fund account set aside for me; due to this I lived and attended one of the most economically challenged city and school district in the U.S. Although, I was not the most privileged person growing up my ethic background and community influenced me both positively and negatively in ways of culture, language, and my view of the world. The face of my community was weak, old, and crumbled, but it was rich in culture.
Over the last few years, I have had many leadership and community service opportunities. Nobody likes to hear the sound of a siren, but I want to be the one that arrives with that sound to help others. Since joining Northwest Pocket Fire Department last year, I have learned to juggle school along with training meetings and 4-hour night classes at the community college. My training includes working with people in the community and learning life-saving skills. I have also gone on multiple summer mission trips with my youth group. We served elderly and disabled individuals by cleaning and repairing their houses. Additionally, through Venture Crew 900, I have been able to provide community services such as setting up the