My Life After High School Essay

Superior Essays
I knew at a young age that I wanted to attend a university. When I was in kindergarten, my dream was to become a doctor. During career week at my elementary school several parents came into the classroom and spoke about their careers. Several of the parents stressed the importance of doing well in school, going to college, and obtaining a degree. I did not fully understand what this all meant at the age of four, but this idea of attending a university after high school was something I would hear multiple times in my life. My family consists of my mother, father, and older brother. My father did not pursue and education after graduating high school. My brother, who is nine years my senior, a role model to me as I was growing …show more content…
The first few years were tough because my mother had lost her job at UCLA and she was the only one in the household working. After nearly a year of applying for jobs and not hearing back from anyone my mother decided that it was time for her to go back to school and earn a degree. Her dream was to become an educator and she decided to pursue that dream. During the time that my mother was working on her bachelor’s degree, my grandfather was diagnosed with stage four stomach cancer and my mother did what seemed to be impossible to me. She became my grandfather’s primary caretaker while caring for my brother and me and being a full time student. She graduated Magna Cum Laude a year after my grandfather passed away and went on to earn her Master’s degree and fulfill her dream of becoming an educator. My mother was an elementary school teacher in the Los Angeles Unified School District. She lost her job in 2012 during the LAUSD budget cuts and layoffs. She lost hope of finding a teaching job after a year and a half of searching and is now working at UCLA in the cancer registry department. My mother’s journey in education has greatly inspired my own journey. She has been the largest inspiration in my life and I hope to make her …show more content…
After three years at my community college I graduated and applied to a few universities that had interesting programs. I have always felt somewhat disappointed in myself for not completing community college in two years, but after watching a TED talk by Scott Dinsmore, I feel better about my academic timeline. He said, “you don 't have to be the fastest marathoner in the world, just your own impossibilities, to accomplish those, and it starts with little bitty steps” (Dinsmore, 2012, 10:32). My journey through community college was not quick and I was unsure that I would graduate or transfer, but I did and I am proud of myself for that. I chose to attend UCSB for a few reasons. The first reason that appealed to me was the history of the environmental studies program here. The second was due to the wonderful experience that my older cousin had here. The final reason was that my fiancé lives in Santa Barbara and had no interest in moving out of state or to a different part of the

Related Documents

  • Improved Essays

    At that time Julie’s graduating class was the first to earn a 4-year bachelor’s degree at South Alabama. After graduation, my grandma got a job at the hospital and she told me that it only paid $4.84. My grandpa was upset because he told me grandma that the cashiers at Winn-Dixie were making 8$ an hour and she should have just been a cashier. Julie worked for a few years and had 3 more kids: Michal, Jessica,…

    • 1088 Words
    • 5 Pages
    Improved Essays
  • Improved Essays

    My original goal upon completion of a few semesters, was to transfer to a four year university. But, I still had to figure out my interests and decide on a major. Working, going to school, and maintaining a social life as an 18 year old seemed hard for me at the time. I had no idea what the next 7…

    • 1374 Words
    • 6 Pages
    Improved Essays
  • Improved Essays

    Being the oldest of seven, she was responsible for taking care of her younger siblings, especially since my grandma was busy taking care of my grandpa while he was dying of cancer. Luckily for my siblings and cousins, higher education is a lot more attainable because of our financial situation. In fact, for my sister and I, not going to college was never an option. Over the past few decades, the importance of education in our family…

    • 1165 Words
    • 5 Pages
    Improved Essays
  • Improved Essays

    My mother landed her first nursing job by applying after she graduated nursing school and actually received a call the very same day! She was employed as a staff nurse until 2012, when she was injured on the job and had to receive corrective surgery. After she recovered, she was offered her current job as an Administrative Nurse. The most enjoyable part of her job is the patient contact- seeing patients get better. The most important skill in her opinion is that she has to use critical thinking.…

    • 1036 Words
    • 5 Pages
    Improved Essays
  • Improved Essays

    All through high school it was my dream to go to a four year university with a few of my closest friends. We would have visions of our new, grown up lives together. Full of a new found freedom from our parents and decorating our dorm room to look like one giant Pier 1 advert; needless to say we couldn’t wait. Everything was planned to a T, you name it we had a plan for it. During the middle of my junior year, though, I started to question if a four year was the right path for me to take.…

    • 724 Words
    • 3 Pages
    Improved Essays
  • Improved Essays

    All in all, all I could do at the moment was hold my daughter and stare at her in a daze. Weeks flew by and it was time for me to return to Traviss, I had missed more than six weeks because I had a C-section and also because I had to help majesty get into Traviss’s childcare. After being out for six weeks and missing so much work I was…

    • 1146 Words
    • 5 Pages
    Improved Essays
  • Improved Essays

    Then she said “BYE!” Then I left for a couple of weeks, I only stayed at my aunt 's house for two weeks and went to school once a week. The reason I went to my aunt’s house was because my mom gave me an ultimatum so I left. It got boring after a while so I moved back home and went to school every day since I knew I couldn 't live with the…

    • 1130 Words
    • 5 Pages
    Improved Essays
  • Improved Essays

    Doctor Patient Reflection

    • 953 Words
    • 4 Pages

    At the age of seven, I remember going up to my mother and saying I would become a doctor. Like most parents, she dismissed my comment as something that any kid would say at such a young age while still trying to figure out what path to lay for the future. However, it was four years ago that my family and I made the decision to move to the United States and search for better opportunities despite the fact that I had already completed my first year of medical school. The day I was boarding at the airport, I received the long-awaited phone call from the admissions office of the medical school of my dreams. I waited almost two years after graduating high school to get admitted and transfer, but unfortunately, without hesitation, I had already taken…

    • 953 Words
    • 4 Pages
    Improved Essays
  • Improved Essays

    Nobody told her condition to me since I was pregnant, it might affect my health as well as my baby. My delivery got delayed by one more week and on December 5th I gave birth to a beautiful baby boy and we named him Aryan. Mean time my mother cancer got metastasized throughout her body and she was in coma stage. After a couple of week of stay in hospital, doctors told my father there is no more hope it’s better to take her home. With the help of two nursing assistants they took my mother to our home.…

    • 1376 Words
    • 6 Pages
    Improved Essays
  • Improved Essays

    W;t is about a character named Vivian Bearing who had been diagnosed with advanced metastatic ovarian cancer. Ms. Bearing is a college professor who teaches students who are deaf. She has been asked to not teach next semester due to the chemotherapy she will have to be put through. “Always coming in and out of the hospital throughout an 8 month period she won’t have time or the energy to be teaching,” suggested the doctor.…

    • 1114 Words
    • 5 Pages
    Improved Essays