I always received great satisfaction from helping others. I remember at a young age, helping my grandmother with chores that she was no longer able to do for herself. As I got older, my grandmother became more dependent on me. I helped her cook, clean, administer medication and made sure she kept her doctor appointments. I now see myself doing these same things for my mother and father as they get older.
I strongly believe that my urge to become a social worker stems from the frightening idea of what would have happened with my grandmother as well as my own parents; had they not had someone helping them. I understand that not every older adult or young child has the good fortune of having family members care for them. I am also aware
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I am most interested in working in Forensics. I feel that my diverse background has enabled me to experience many situations that others may have not gone through. I have lived in low income neighborhoods and have seen families neglect a child or older adult. I have seen the destruction that occurs before, during and after domestic violence. This program will allow me to better understand what these individuals experience when going through the criminal justice system. I feel that this concentration will give me the knowledge and experience needed to help and empower victims. This concentration will allow me to become a well-rounded social worker that can help provide much needed advocacy and intervention to lower income communities that desperately need it.
My personal experiences and challenges have served as a basis for growth and preparation for a life of helping others. Growing up in cities such as Lynwood, Monterey Park, and Baldwin Park have allowed me to experience a wide range of cultural diversity. My childhood and early adulthood experiences have been filled with ethnic diversity. I lived in different neighborhoods that where predominantly African American, Asian American and Latin American. Although I am Mexican American and have experienced much adversity as well as diversity, I feel that being exposed to different ethnic cultures early in my life has allowed me to become a more diverse and accepting