The Short- N- Sweet Version
The Thoughtful Version
Ever since I was a little girl I wondered about other people – their thoughts, their feelings, and their behavior. I can remember distinctively some of my thoughts, where I was riding in the car as a child and I would think, “Where is that stranger driving to and why? Are they going the same place I am? Are they happy or sad?” In my opinion, it is no surprise that I graduated from George Mason University with a degree in Psychology. In addition to my childhood, there are a few key transitions that have occurred in my life, which may have led me on my current path; these key transitions are: early adolescence, late adolescence, and emergence into adulthood.
Within a strict home I was taught various morals and values during early adolescence. It was instilled in me not to be so egocentric; my parents made me fully aware that I was not the only person with feelings and emotions. In correspondence to my parents, my church community lucidly taught me that as a Christian, I must “be of service” to others; that was part of my duty as a child of God. As a result, my value system has tremendously affected my life course, and my choice to “be of service” to others in need.
Similar, to early adolescence, my late adolescence shaped the course of my life. My value system was reinforced during late adolescence by volunteer work. As a result, of my grandmother’s continuous aggravation to give back to my community, I fruitfully enjoyed the benefits of volunteering; in addition to feeling alive I felt productive. As a Children’s Camp Instructor and a Teacher’s Assistant, I helped the youth with math, reading, and writing. In volunteering it was proved to me that other people do in fact need assistance.
In contrast to my adolescence I was exposed to different situations emerging into adulthood. My parents could no longer shelter me from the world and reinforce strict rules and regulations. In the fall of 2007 I attended Virginia Union University in Richmond, Virginia. Within the city walls of Richmond I was exposed to a different way of life. I was no longer in the suburbs of Bowie, Maryland. I saw an abundance of delinquents as well as a lot of mentally disturbed individuals walking the streets without proper medication and attention. I was disheartened. Memories I had as a child riding in the car began to resurface at the age of 18; I wondered about these people walking the streets – “Where were they going? How did they feel?” However, my feelings did not end with mere thoughts, I wanted to take action. I wanted to help. It was evident that there existed a world in need of help. The values that were instilled in me as a child prompted me to “be of service.”
Today, at the age of 23 I am working towards a life of service. As a woman of many talents I know that I am destined for greatness. It is my hope that I can use my background in psychology along with my artistic skills to help others, especially children in need.