Describe the world you come from—for example, your family, community or school—and tell us how your world has shaped your dreams and aspirations.
My life began in a place few people have heard of –Ridgecrest, California—a small town next to a naval base in the Mojave Desert. I live in Bakersfield now, but Ridgecrest will forever be my home and it gave me the foundation of the person I am today. With my mother working on the naval base and my father working in the police force, I was constantly around a military and law enforcement environment. Growing up in a culture that serves others, it became a part of me and close to my heart. This became a bigger impact on me when my brother left ...view middle of the document...
I am not healed now, but I would be so much more broken than I am without her. Seeing how much she helped me and knowing how many people she helps daily is the reason I want to become a counselor.
To add to that, my brother returned from the army during my freshman year. When he first left I did not truly understand what his “job” was, but as time went on and his task became more intense as he was deployed that I understood his actions. He was putting his life on the line for this country and participating in something that was bigger than him. He made a difference and an impact on this country and in people’s lives. Seeing the selflessness in his actions inspires me to do actions that will have a positive impact on people’s life. I thank God that my brother made it home safely and is here with me today. Even though physically he is here and well, mentally he is not the same. My brother suffers from PTSD and it is hard to see the way that it affects his life today. All I want to do is help him and fix the broken pieces of his life. That is where my passion for becoming a counselor for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder victims started.
Even as a little girl I have always wanted to help others in my future. From young till now I have considered different careers such as a doctor, teacher, aiding individuals with a mental impairment, and in criminal justice. All of these, I realized, are jobs that help others. Events in my life and family members have shaped me to want to help others such as being helped myself and seeing the selflessness in people.
Tell us about a personal quality, talent, accomplishment, contribution or experience that is important to you. What about this quality or accomplishment makes you proud and how does it relate to the person you are?
Walking into the gym on an unfamiliar campus my freshman year for volleyball tryouts is where I truly found myself. I went in there with little experience and with the hopes of making the freshman team. It was a long shot but I honestly believed I was good enough to make it. It was not easy by any means but I worked as hard as I could to impress the coaches. Knowing I was not the best player out there, and feeling I was good enough; that gave me the confidence to play hard and give it my all.
The first round of cuts came around, and I could not have been any more nervous but I made it through. It was not final yet so a few days later the final cuts for the team were made, and I saw my name written on the piece of paper taped to the wall. I felt so relieved and that all my hard work was paying off. I didn’t play in many games during my first season, but even if I was on the court or cheering on the bench I was happy as could be. I was just happy to be a part of the team even if I did not have the glory of being a starter.
After becoming close to the coaches and talking with them I realized why they put me on the team. It was from how much heart I had when...