Pursuing a Ph. D. in Education to help others improve their lives

I was born and raised in Mexico and moved to the United States almost four years ago. I am a person who has always been driven by an eagerness to help others. I would say that my professional and personal accomplishments are interrelated. In my opinion, we are all at the right place at the right time to help others. We should just look around, be aware of it, and make ourselves available. This approach to life was what initially motivated me to obtain a bachelor’s degree in industrial psychology.

During my studies, I realized that working in the clinical area would provide me with the knowledge and tools to help certain people while working in the human resources area would give me a broader spectrum not only to assist patients attending private sessions but also to those struggling in different areas of their lives. Upon obtaining my degree, different job opportunities became available; however, since my research, thesis, and experience at that time had only been in training and developing courses, I decided to go into teaching. The experience has been amazing and extremely rewarding! I have impacted and helped develop valuable and positive changes in my students’ lives.

In 1999 I decided to get a Master’s Degree in Business Administration to expand my knowledge, be able to reach more people and to make a difference from another perspective. Unfortunately, that year would also mark the onset of a chronic disease that has been with me for eighteen years now. Nevertheless, and even though I knew it was not going to be easy, I was determined to attain my goals. Without hesitation, I should say that the whole experience helped me accomplish more than just an MBA. It provided me with better job opportunities as I was promoted to Human Resources Coordinator. First of all, however, I challenged myself in different ways and in turn increased my inner strength, determination, and willpower. Also, I learned how to be grateful and thankful, more compassionate, kind, and see life’s events as opportunities to grow spiritually.

I have worked in the Education field for many years holding different positions: teacher, academic counselor, and principal. I have worked in the Human Resources field as a specialist, manager, and coordinator. One of the aspects of the positions I have held required that at times I have been forced to act as a Mediator. To be well prepared, I received a certificate as a Mediator in 2012.

At this moment, all my life experiences and expertise have come together and empowered me to pursue a Ph.D. in Education, which I began in August 2016. At present, I am a full-time student. I am planning to develop programs for volunteers. Such programs will foster in them the sense of knowing that their work is a golden opportunity to help others improve their lives. Moreover, the courses will enhance volunteers’ true compassion to see patients or people in need in a more dignified manner and assist them in feeling respected.

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