Aspirations to Achieve my Educational Goals Essay

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After nineteen years of living in a small town named Wasco, known by most for the prison, I moved to Long Beach. I grew up in a strict religion that discouraged questioning and required extreme dedication towards servitude of God. Attending college was discouraged by my parents and the church, as it took away from time spent towards serving God. Living in Wasco was my own prison. Moving to Long Beach meant freedom to me where I was finally able to stretch my constrained, clipped wings. Suddenly, the simplest of questions, for some, such as "What do I want to be?" and "Who am I?" plagued my mind. These answers should be easy to answer and yet, I didn't know the answers. I found myself in the most diverse of cities and my head filled with …show more content…
While working as a waitress, I asked everyone what they thought I should be. I didn't know what I wanted to be and did not want to walk aimlessly through life without a goal or plan to aspire to. My general manager at the time told me, "you should major in accounting, because the money is good and you will always have a job." This advice seemed rational at the time, so I decided to major in accounting and started taking appropriate courses at LBCC. I then left the restaurant industry to work as an entry-level accountant. It was then that I knew a major in accounting was a bad decision for me. I made a mistake in choosing a major because "the money is good and i'll always have a job." Working at a restaurant and my encounters with people as an accountant allowed me to identify that what is important to me is choosing a major where I would attain fulfillment by implementing personal skills that make me unique. I took Counseling 48 with Michael Hubbard at LBCC, where he reinforced what I already knew that I was in the wrong job and major. Choosing a job for the money instead of self-fulfillment was not a part of who I am or who I want to be, hence the beginning of a new chapter. My educational path consists of obtaining a bachelor's degree in psychology and master's degree in occupational therapy which is a major dedicated to helping people

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