My father got prostate cancer in 2002, this pushed me to grow up a little faster. In school, my second grade teacher allowed me to be a "teacher's aid" just so she could keep me close in making sure I was doing okay.
In middle school I was afraid of public speaking, in order to get out of my shell I joined the speech team. In doing this, speeches got a little easier to deliver over time. I was a member of speech from middle school up until my senior year of high school where I served as speech team captain.
In taking AP Language in high school from an outstanding educator who took the time to hone each student's reading, writing, and comprehension skills she was able to help me see my passion that I have for literature and writing.
Being a leader for the KAIROS retreat helped me gain more confidence in becoming an educator. During this retreat, I shared experiences from my own life and in a way passed down the knowledge I had to the students on their own path to graduation.
In this position I input grades, graded papers, and assisted Dr. Masuo during class periods. In helping Dr. Masuo teach her college level courses, she allowed me to teach a few lessons while she was on sick leave.
I taught lessons in aerospace to high school students at my alma mater. This experience taught me how teaching can go beyond just the course content but also make a personal impact on the students.
In serving as Vice President of Committees in my sorority, I was responsible of ten committees that were the inner workings of the sorority. In serving in this position, I was able to see that teaching and providing support was extremely important to me when it came to teaching each committee head how to complete their tasks in their specific roles.
When I was hired as a resident assistant in the freshman towers, I was given the responsibility to develop and maintain a safe space within the community through my interpersonal connections that I made with each resident. This taught me how important it is to be a mentor to students who a little guidance.