My desire to help people find ways to deal with their personal traumas arose from my own experiences.
At five years old, I ran away from both of my parents and went to live with my grandparents. During this time, I experienced a loving and nurturing environment.
My grandparents, however, decided to go to the United States of America when I was 12 years old. I then had to go and live with my father and his new wife. For six months, I suffered a lot of abuse from both of them. When I could not take anymore, I reported them to the school authorities. The authorities took me away from my father and sent me to live in a secondary school.
When I graduated from High school, I went on to the University of Havana where I studied Economics. I received a bachelor's degree in Economics with a minor in Journalism.
I worked for 2 years in a government enterprise. I then found a job with a radio station where, I remained for 3 years. At this time, I had found my maternal grandparents. I lived with them for 5 years until I became a refugee in Panama. Three years later, they gave me a refugee status and sent me to the United States of America.
|UWG 2003 Carrollton, Georgia|
My language barrier, however, prevented me from enjoying many of this country's gifts. While I still have some difficulties with the English language, I am working hard to overcome this obstacle. I left my family in New York and moved to Ohio, where I was a reporter for a newspaper call La Prensa de Toledo for approximately 2 years. I then traveled to Valdosta, Georgia and founded the first Hispanic radio program for all of South Georgia. I stayed in Valdosta for five years and started my own Newspaper for Hispanics called La Explosion. I was happy in Valdosta but I still felt that something was missing in my life.
I took a Psychology class at Valdosta State University and this opened my eyes to my own issues, which were unresolved from my childhood. I wanted to delve deeper into my own spirituality and try to heal some of my childhood wounds. I suddenly realized, as I look around at my fellow students and co-workers, that I wasn't alone. It seemed that everyone was trying to cope with their own neuroses residues from their childhood. At that moment, I felt a tremendous amount of compassion for my fellow human beings. I realized just how much a person's childrearing effects their adult life.
|University of West Georgia 09/2001|
The compassion that I feel for people fuels my desire to develop better techniques for treating patients. I feel that the medical field can sometimes forget that these patients are human beings. My greatest wish is to teach the psychology profession how to treat patients in a more personal manner by implementing Carl Rogers' techniques of empathy and unconditional positive regard.
I feel that lack of communication between people in relationships is the main reason for the higher divorce rate and violence in the world.
My goal is to teach people more effective ways to communicate with each other and better ways to cope with different situations.
Finally, psychology is important to me because it is a tool that will enable me to make a positive contribution to society. This contribution can be made at anytime through modern technology as well as personal conversations. For this reason, choosing psychology as my major and the University of West Georgia as my home was the most logical choices for me. I love the Humanistic and Psychodynamic Approaches, and the loving acceptance that I have experienced so far at this school. I feel that I still have a lot of important lessons to learn both spirituality and academically. For me, this is the only school that I believe can help me in both areas. The professors here are more than helpful and they treat me with kindness and respect. They go above and beyond the call of duty in order to help me better understand the concepts being offered to me.
In conclusion, I would like to say that because of this department's practice of Unconditional Positive Regard, I feel that I have finally found a place where I belong. This department has become the family that I have always dreamed of having...