Importance Of My Educational And Career Journey

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As an African American woman who has had much academic success in K-12 public schools, the disinterest and adverse belief my K-12 peers had toward education had always been of interest to me. In particular, why doesn’t he like school? Why doesn’t she like our teacher? Why does she think school is boring, hard or a waste of time? My questions then turned into wanting to understand the reasons why some students are separated out of particular classes while I saw the same peers in my high achieving courses. Therefore, my goal became to develop a better understanding and aid organizations and institutions that assist students, and students of color in particular, be able to academically thrive in the face of adversity. It has also been more important …show more content…
I have had various opportunities to work with mentors and counselors that have invested time and energy in helping me reach my goals. I have grown to appreciate having a variety of educational and socio-emotional tools I can use to work on maintaining my intellectual, physical, emotional and intellectual well-being. Developing this awareness of myself has brought me to my decision to assist students, and their families, advance at the educational and personal level. Furthermore, the deciding factor that most impacted my decision to apply to this program, and influenced my career goal, is the knowledge that I could assist students improve the academic performance and emotional well-being by creating a safe space where others can experience the support I was fortunate enough to experience. My long-term career goal is to work more closely with teachers, students and their families. In particular, I look forward to helping address the emotional, social and mental health factors that effect students’ academic progress. I also look forward to assisting others feel empowered to care for themselves and seek resources and relationships that can enhance their own growth. As a student at Alliant International University, I believe there is a clear link between the PPS credential program at Alliant International University and my selected career goals. Primarily, the link includes learning a variety of assessment, diagnosis, and treatment approaches to be used during the counseling process. I believe this program can provide a way for me to bridge what I wish to add to my academic knowledge while also bridging some of the work I have done in the past. Essentially, Alliant will allow me to enhance my ability to engage these students, families and teachers in a professional way

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