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My Dream Job Essay Psychology

I have an extensive amount of jobs that constantly cross my mind but there are only two that I would have to consider calling my "dream job". One day I dream of owning a restaurant in San Clemente, California. It is a beach and the environment is soothing and peaceful. I would like to have a restaurant because what else do people love more than food? I would like for my customers to feel at home and have them so relaxed that they forget about the rest of their day, but this is only half of my dream job. The other half is to one day have a child, a child that I would love, guide and teach to be strong, so strong that one day after I am gone and the world has changed they will prevail and make their life worth living over again and again and they will forever leave their mark in time.

Raul Cardenas, Weslaco High School

Teacher: Dr. Jean Bovee

As far as I can remember I have always wanted to become a medical doctor. More specifically, a cardiologist. I love the thought of saving a person's life. The road to becoming a doctor is a long process, but worth it in the end. Having the feeling of accomplishment and knowing that I have made an impact on a family's life, would be the greatest satisfaction for me.

Carissa Villarreal, Weslaco High School

Teacher: Dr. Jean Bovee

I do not as of now have a dream job, but there is a job I would like to give a shot. I would like to try being a band director because I would like to see how good I could teach music. I’m in band so it would be a good challenge.

Johnny Thompson, Weslaco High School

Teacher: Dr. Jean Bovee

I have always wanted to become the #1 Hispanic dancer. To twirl, twist and jump on stage is a way for me to feel free. Having no fear to get on stage and dance my heart out is my main priority. My dream job also consist of teaching those that are special ed, to teach them to dance and let them realize that just because they have disabilities it doesn't mean they are limited to do what they wish to do. To some, dancing is just you moving around but to me it means a lot more. Making my dream job a reality will be the best thing that could ever happen to me.

Gabriela Becerra, Weslaco High School

Teacher: Dr. Jean Bovee

When I grow up, I want to be a realtor. I think that would be the perfect dream job. It would be amazing to sell houses to people, and help people find their perfect home.

Valerie Gonzalez, Weslaco High School

Teacher: Dr. Jean Bovee

My dream job is to be a professional chef; I would like to own my own restaurant and to be my own boss. To have the talent of being able to cook finger licking meals, in my opinion, would be amazing. People would spread the word and make me famous; others would travel from other places just to try the exquisite food being furnished by my talent. Most importantly I would be happy, making others happy, while doing what I love the most, cooking.

Sandra Martinez, Weslaco High School

Teacher: Dr. Jean Bovee

Well my dream job is to be a free lance photographer because you go where you want, when you want, and you take pictures of events that are extraordinary and capture them forever. Also it’s an adventure   

Dominic Ortiz, Weslaco High School

Teacher: Dr. Jean Bovee

My dream job is to be a naval doctor. I want to be this because to know that I would be the one to help save the lives of the people who defend this country would be rewarding. I would love to be the one to be able to tell the sailor that he didn't risk his life for nothing. I want to be the person that helped the people on the front lines. Navy Medicine is my dream job; I want to save lives, but not just any life, our sailors' lives, the ones who protect freedom. 

Sierra Pena, Weslaco High School

Teacher: Dr. Jean Bovee

My dream job has been to be a Vet. I have always loved animals, since I was little. I never liked to see animals sick, hurt, or anything. I want to help them, so they won't be sick or hurt, and so they can feel better after their visit.

Jessica Diaz, Weslaco High School

Teacher: Dr. Jean Bovee

I would like to be a doctor because I have always wanted to help people.

Nora Katana Sims, Weslaco High School

Teacher: Dr. Jean Bovee

I want to be a teacher because our future is in the hands of our children. Children are the future teach them well and let them lead the way.

Claudio Carreon, Weslaco High School

Teacher: Dr. Jean Bovee

My dream job is to become a professional international model. I would love to travel the world and model all the different and wonderful designers’ clothes. Modeling seems so exciting and outgoing.

Caitlyn Skalitsky, Weslaco High School

Teacher: Dr. Jean Bovee

My dream job is to be a veterinarian because I love animals and it pains me to see hurt or sick animals going around. If it were up to me, there wouldn't be any sick or hurt animals anymore because I'd treat them all

Isabel Oliva, Weslaco High School

Teacher: Dr. Jean Bovee

My dream job is being a lawyer, because if I was a lawyer then I would get paid a lot of money, and my uncle is a lawyer so it would be cool if I get to work with him because he hardly loses a case.

Daniel Tobin, Weslaco High School

Teacher: Dr. Jean Bovee

Ever since I saw how happy people can get on their wedding day I knew what I wanted to be. Bringing people joy on their special day makes me feel satisfied. Being a wedding planner would be my dream job. Just helping them prepare for the big event gets me excited. Making couples achieve one the happiest moments in their life gives me great pride.

Clarissa Castillo, Weslaco High School

Teacher: Dr. Jean Bovee

Every since fifth grade I have been in choir. I have learned to love classical and opera music, that’s why my dream job is to be an opera singer. I would love to be an opera singer and travel the world. I would love to sing in London and be known as a world famous opera singer.

Diana Garza, Weslaco High School

Teacher: Dr. Jean Bovee

I have always wanted to be a professional photographer. The reason why I want to be a photographer is because ever since I was 5 years old I love to take pictures of people, and of nature, or simply I would just take random snap shots of things that I thought were cool. From then on my mom thought it would be a good Idea that I dedicate my time taking photography classes. I loved those classes but after a while I stopped going since I saw photography a different way than my teacher. He saw it as a job, and well let’s just say that I saw it as art, and the way of capturing the beauty of something and keeping it for a very long time. Don’t get me wrong I still take pictures but now I do it as a hobby.

Tatania A. Zuniga, Weslaco High School

Teacher: Dr. Jean Bovee

My dream job would be being a professional photographer or a movie producer; I’ve always imagined myself doing the photo shoot of the cover of Seventeen Magazine and Vogue or producing the latest Nicholas Sparks movie.

Johanna Rodriguez, Weslaco High School

Teacher: Dr. Jean Bovee

Well my dream job would a graphic designer for video games, because well for one I like to play games and I think it would be pretty cool to actually make them as well and let other kids have fun playing them just like I did.

Michael Morales, Weslaco High School

Teacher: Dr. Jean Bovee

My dream job would have to be being CEO of a major company. Making a lot of money, making all the decisions, and not having to look up to anybody else. That would be an awesome feeling.

Jacob Martin, Weslaco High School

Teacher: Dr. Jean Bovee

My dream job is me becoming a part of the Air Force. Why? I would like to feel like I did something for my country and know I can accomplish anything in my path.

Diego Gonzalez, Weslaco High School

Teacher: Dr. Jean Bovee

My dream job would be to work with the President. Working with the President would be my dream job because I want to see all the hard work and decisions he has to make. I'm not very into politics but being able to work with him will teach me all I need to know.

Andrea Lopez, Weslaco High School

Teacher: Dr. Jean Bovee

My dream job would be to become an astronaut. My passion for space is an unbearable feeling that lies deep inside my heart. The mysteries that have been asked by millions of people have not yet been answered by NASA because of technology. Later on in the future, technology will be advanced and there will be answers to questions. I would like to be that one person to look down at young children and answer all there doubt's over space.

Gemma Mandujano, Weslaco High School

Teacher: Dr. Jean Bovee

My dream job would have to be a veterinarian; I'm an animal lover. I care for animals so much; I would do anything to save their lives. This job will never suit me because I'm the type of person who can't handle dissecting animals.

Alyssa Ramirez, Weslaco High School

Teacher: Dr. Jean Bovee

My dream job is to coach the U.S Olympian Track team because it would not only be a great experience, but also a great chance to meet up with some of the best athletes in the world.

Brianna De Leon, Weslaco High School

Teacher: Dr. Jean Bovee

My dream job is to be a lawyer because to me it's the greatest way to be a productive member to society. It's a very stable job which is what's best if the economy is unstable. Besides that, I think it's a way that truly helps people with their legal problems.

Irene Infante, Weslaco High School

Teacher: Dr. Jean Bovee

My dream job is to be a criminal profiler. I'm very intrigued with the crime units, and catching those who do wrong. I want to put an end to the disgusting things these peoples do, and nothing makes me happier then knowing children around the world can be safe, and that women can walk outside not fearing men coming behind them and doing the bad things that they do. I believe in a world where people can be free, and if not, everyone owes it to each other to do the best they can. We owe it ourselves to do the right thing, and the more years that go by the more society forgets that. I believe in putting criminals away, and doing the best I can to put them in a place where they either change, or they get out of our world.

Sydni Salinas, Weslaco High School

Teacher: Dr. Jean Bovee

My dream job would be to work for National Geographic. I would be the one taking all the animal pictures, traveling around the world to do what I love. To see many different animals I have never heard before. To keep them safe and keep track of what they are.

Angelina Vasquez, Weslaco High School

Teacher: Dr. Jean Bovee

My dream job is to be a famous tattoo artist because I love art and it would be really amazing to get to permanently ink my skill on someone's body. Having the opportunity to make someone happy with my skill would be really great for me. I really want to prove to people that my artistic creativity is outstanding enough to really want me to tattoo them. Whether it's just some tribal tattoo, or a butterfly tattoo, or a sketch of a relatives face, I would really love to be a part of their experience of tattooing.

Erica Montes, Weslaco High School

Teacher: Dr. Jean Bovee

Though I plan to study law, oddly enough I think my dream job would have to be a food critic. I love food, and tend to savor every flavor, and to have a job where I would be able to get paid to eat and critique the food I eat seems to be too good to be true.

Katarina Rodriguez, Weslaco High School

Teacher: Dr. Jean Bovee

My dream job is to work for NASA. Ever since I was a little kid I was amazed on how the rockets would soar up high in the sky. With so much thrust and power, it excites me. I want to be an aerospace engineer for them. I want to help make better rockets to use less fuel or maybe build a rocket that doesn’t use fuel at all. I hope one day I can become what I’ve always wanted to be.

Andres Dena, Weslaco High School

Teacher: Dr. Jean Bovee

My dream job would be to work as an actress. Yes the money and the fame is wonderful but I have a different reason why I would love to be an actress. My reason is because with every script I receive and every character I play I get to become someone else. I get to have this whole other life and I am no longer Alexis Guerrero the famous movie star, I am anyone I want to be.

Alexis Guerrero, Weslaco High School

Teacher: Dr. Jean Bovee

My dream job is to be a professional photographer. I remember when I was 8 years old; I'd always steal my mothers' camera and take pictures of nature and life in general, and spend hours concocting the perfect moment to take pictures. To be a photographer, you must have the three P's: patience, passion, and perfection. I would love to be a celebrated photographer, not for the fame, but for the recognition of capturing people's most cherished moments to preserve them for a life time.

Amee Jocelyne Garcia, Weslaco High School

Teacher: Dr. Jean Bovee

My dream job is to be a chemist. I want to find knew discoveries in healthcare and medicine. I want to be the one to make the cure for all the diseases that are threatening families all over the world. I want to be able to help these people get better and see them live a longer and happier life without worrying about their health.

Tatianna Pena, Weslaco High School

Teacher: Dr. Jean Bovee

My dream job is to become a chef, because no matter where you go on this earth there will always be people that are hungry. I want to own a restaurant and raise enough money to go to parts of the world and cook for them so they won’t be hungry for at least one day.

Danelle Potter, Weslaco High School

Teacher: Dr. Jean Bovee

My dream job would be a "Large Animal Veterinarian" because I love working with livestock and would greatly enjoy helping them in any way possible.

Kevin Zimmerer, Weslaco High School

Teacher: Dr. Jean Bovee

I plan on going to go to school to become an anesthesiologist, where I will help many people. Other than that I would want to be an actor, which I do currently pursue, even though those two career paths are complete opposites.

Matthew Lopez, Weslaco High School

Teacher: Dr. Jean Bovee

My dream job would to be in the LPGA (Ladies Professional Golf Association). I have been playing golf since I was in middle school and I believe it would be an honor and privilege to have this job for the rest of my life, and I intend on making this reality. I have always wanted to be a professional golfer because to me it is not just a game, it is my life and all I ever think about, and that is my dream job.

Petra Bazan, Weslaco High School

Teacher: Dr. Jean Bovee

When I am older my dream job is to be a CSI agent because the things they do are very interesting to me and this kind of job is a type of job I would love to have this kind of job because I am interested in all the things they do and the way they get the job done.

Andrew Cavazos, Weslaco High School

Teacher: Dr. Jean Bovee

My dream is to be an elementary teacher. I love children; it's amazing how much they can learn in a short time. Having this job will also help me have time to plan my own family, which is the most important thing to me.

Violeta Rico, Weslaco High School

Teacher: Dr. Jean Bovee

My dream job is to be a veterinarian! I love animals very much and I know I would never get bored of being a vet, taking care of them would never be a bother to me. Ever since I was five years old, I said and knew that I wanted to be a veterinarian to help and care for every animal that I got in my hands on. And to be honest, the pay is very good and life would be great knowing that I have money for my family and going to work loving every moment. My dream job is not far away and I will try by best to accomplish college and be a vet one day.

Laurie Solis, Weslaco High School

Teacher: Dr. Jean Bovee

My dream job is to be an Aerospace Engineer, the reason why I want to be an Aerospace Engineer is because I have always dreamed of working as a mechanic like my dad, yet living in my favorite NFL football teams' hometown, Houston. Not only will I would have been able to live there and be an a mechanic, but work with NASA, sadly I cant no more due to the organization being close, and earn lots of money just to fix space shuttles and more cool scientific machines.

Lucio Pena, Weslaco High School

Teacher: Dr. Jean Bovee

My dream job is to be an astronaut. I've always been fascinated by space, the stars, supernovas, black holes and who knows maybe even aliens. I would love to explore space. That is my dream job.

Emerie Sanchez, Weslaco High School

Teacher: Dr. Jean Bovee

My dream job is to be a Psychologist. When I was little I had a walking disability, so I know what its like to get picked on and because of that I had trust issues for a long time. I had no one to help me through those times but I want to be able to help other people deal with their problems and not feel so alone. 

Kimberly Segura, Weslaco High School

Teacher: Dr. Jean Bovee

When I found out you could be a chocolate taster for a living I flipped. I think that is the job for me because I love chocolate and could eat it all the time. Getting paid for it is just the perk of what you do everyday.

Lucero Hernandez, Weslaco High School

Teacher: Dr. Jean Bovee

To be a Composer or a Band Director, because I want to show people that music is not just noise to the ears. It tells a story behind each piece of music, also because music is everything to me. I want doing this career, for the rest of my life and I'm sure I will.

Abigail Gonzalez, Weslaco High School

Teacher: Dr. Jean Bovee

My dream job is to be a neonatal nurse for the newborn babies. I love babies with all my heart. I know how to take care of them, know how to change them, love them, feed them, and put them to sleep. I have that magic touch. Literally, I'll pick up a baby who is fussy and right away they will stop crying. I love babies. Someday I hope I will reach my dream job once I finish college. Then I will have reached my dream job.

Celina Casanova, Weslaco High School

Teacher: Dr. Jean Bovee

My dream job is to become a surgeon. I would like to be this because I will love to be able to help people that are badly injured or those that need a transplant of some sort. I would also like to be a surgeon because I like seeing blood, well just as long as it isn't mine. I really hope to accomplish this goal in the future.

Jackie Ruiz, Weslaco High School

Teacher: Dr. Jean Bovee

My dream job is to be the CEO of a major company. It doesn’t really matter with whom as long as I get to help out a whole bunch of people. I would give my hardest workers big bonus. I would donate a lot of our company’s money to people who are in much need.

Dudley Shine, Weslaco High School

Teacher: Dr. Jean Bovee

For my dream job I would like to be a marine biologist, being a marine biologist to me has so many perks including being near water, studying the vast life of the ocean, and just having a fun job in general.

Bryan de Leon, Weslaco High School

Teacher: Dr. Jean Bovee

My dream job is to be a doctor. I want to be a doctor because I get to save lives, get to help sick people, and help people live longer. I have always wanted to be a doctor, since I was young, and that dream still lives. With the help of my teachers, I know I can make that dream happen.

Brenda Cardenas, Weslaco High School

Teacher: Dr. Jean Bovee

My dream job would be to become a pediatric oncologist. I have always loved helping out others, and I love children. I want to become an oncologist because Cancer interests me and studying this deadly disease would be one of the many things I love to do in life. I’ve been interested in cancer as soon as my aunt was diagnosed with breast cancer; I wanted to know why it happened and how it happened. I began studying all about cancer ever since that day, and I wouldn’t want to be anything else besides a pediatric oncologist.

Amber Germain, Weslaco High School

Teacher: Dr. Jean Bovee

My dream job is to become a lawyer. When I would watch television, lawyer shows would be on and they made it seem so awesome, being proven right when everyone thinks your wrong, it’s a wonderful feeling to have. I have had a way with my words that let people into my mind and they feel what I feel. I hope that my creative ways will indeed help me in my future job choice and make me a brilliant and compassionate lawyer.

Ashley Green, Weslaco High School

Teacher: Dr. Jean Bovee

My future job will be being a basketball player because basketball is a really good sport and I have a lot of love for that sport. When you’re a professional basketball player you get paid a lot for playing a basketball game. So you get to take care of your self and your family when you have a lot of money. So that’s why I want to be a professional basketball player.

Joseph Torres, Weslaco High School

Teacher: Dr. Jean Bovee

My dream job would be playing for the Los Angeles Lakers. This would be my dream job because the Los Angeles Lakers are my favorite basketball team and my favorite thing to do is play basketball. If I could get paid millions of dollars to do something that I love, it would be awesome.

Daniel Rodriguez, Weslaco High School

Teacher: Dr. Jean Bovee

My dream job would be playing for the NBA. Playing basketball is one of my hobbies and getting paid a lot of money to do that would be fabulous. The excitement that comes with playing with the greatest basketball players in the world must be unexplainable, and having fans support you throughout your career just makes it that much better.

Alejandro Valdez, Weslaco High School

Teacher: Dr. Jean Bovee

The job of my dreams would be working at a police department as a blood splatter analyst. I would choose this career as my dream job because I’ve always wanted to be a part of a forensics team since I was small.

Jose Olivo, Weslaco High School

Teacher: Dr. Jean Bovee

My dream job would have to be becoming a veterinarian. I've always loved helping animals, since I was little I'd care for homeless animals and the animals I had. It's a challenge as well because animals can't tell you what hurts or what's broken so you really have to understand their body movements and their facial reactions.

Jennifer Villanueva, Weslaco High School

Teacher: Dr. Jean Bovee

My dream job would be a Car Architect. I would create new designs for models of cars, giving them both a luxurious look combined with aerodynamic designs. It’s a very good career because they offer a good amount of salary. It’s not a simple job because there is a lot of mathematics involved, along with working with other people including engineers, mechanics, and critics, who then do not have the same ideas as the designer. Therefore, working at a Car Architect would be something I would love to do everyday.

1. Motivation

We all know that there will almost always be something to do that sounds much more appealing than our studies, so why do we study if there is something better? Motivation, that’s why. Everyone has their own motivating factor that keeps them in line with studying. Mine is pretty general and that is my future.

I have dreams of becoming a psychologist and helping people throughout my life. I also have a huge passion for American Sign Language. I plan to merge these two goals into one for my future career. I don’t want to be just any psychologist, I want to be a psychologist that is open to Deaf people and hearing people alike. I want Deaf people to feel comfortable coming to me without the need of a third person interpreter who is usually a stranger. Many Deaf people feel uncomfortable visiting a psychologist because of the need for a third person. I plan to make a step towards breaking that barrier by being able to signor speak with any patient who comes to me.

With all these huge goals I know that I have to be very on top of studies and make sure I continue to stay on track and do my best. All of these reasons put together make up my ideal future and therefore my motivation to study.

~ Hannah Reis, Palomar College

2. My Dream

We live in a world filled with hurt and suffering, and a place that is not equal for all. My dream is to leverage my unique set of skills, abilities, privileges, resources, and knowledge in a way that increases equality and privilege for all (not just people with white skin). I am pursuing a degree in Industrial and Organizational Psychology which combines psychology and business.

I feel most alive when I am volunteering with my family at The Christian Children's Home of Ohio (CCHO) which is a non-profit orphanage for children. I love working with the children there, and it hurts my heart when I see them being forced to leave once they are eighteen without any further aid or support. Due to this fact, I have decided that after I get several years of work experience applying psychology principles to the business world, I want to start my own non-profit organization that aids young adults who grew up in foster care or orphanages. Once they have turned eighteen the government will no longer provide very much aid to them; I want to supply them with the additional skills and services that they need to make it in the real world, and give them the emotional support that they may not have.

One of the main services I want to provide them is taking them to do mission work because the best way to grow as a person and gain perspective is through service and travel. When college gets hard, I hold on tight to this dream because I know my studies will help me achieve this dream.

~ Alyssa Powers, The University of Akron

3. A Catalyst for Change

The incredible transformation I have experienced in my own life from the power of the therapeutic relationship motivates me to immerse myself in my studies and move closer towards my goal of becoming a psychologist. Recognizing how the quality of my own life has been profoundly enhanced by self-reflection, the invaluable lesson of how to learn from suffering, and coming to a deeper understanding of who I am, encourages me to try and be a catalyst for this kind of change in other’s lives. I’m motivated to empower people to feel confident enough in who they are that they don’t feel the need to bring others down.

When life as a student feels exceptionally challenging, I remind myself of the impact that the work I wish to practice has on people’s lives and those around them. I strongly believe large scale change happens on the individual level first, and if we want to see a world where we value the earth and all the people living on it, we have to do the work with ourselves first. I want to help people in their transformation towards becoming more unconditionally loving, tolerant, and compassionate people. I think when people are more comfortable with, and accepting of, who they are, they are consequently kinder and more loving towards those around them. Encouraging this kind of growth first on an individual level, and ultimately on a global level, motivates me to not only get through, but thrive within my program.

~ Hannah Freund, California Institute of Integral Studies

4. Reshaping Mental Health

People who are given psychiatric diagnoses experience some of the worst prejudice and discrimination. They are more likely to be the victims of violence, have a harder time securing jobs and housing, and constantly come face-to-face with the harmful stereotypes that state that these individuals are violent and unpredictable. As such, much research needs to be done to understand the cause of such distress, as well as to develop effective interventions and achieve healthy minds.

Our current mental health paradigm positions mental distress as biological in origin and best treated with medical interventions. However this paradigm has conversely led to an increase in stigma and an increase in the number of people on disability for mental health related reasons. I was one of the fortunate few who was able to pursue a college degree despite being given a severe diagnosis and a hopeless prognosis. However, I know that much of my success has been due to luck and privilege, and the opportunities that I have been afforded are an exception, not a rule. I am striving to change that.

It is my hope that, through increased research and advocacy, society can come to understand that extreme distress is often a message about something that is wrong in a person’s world, and as such, is profoundly meaningful and can be understood. Furthermore, by understanding the psychosocial origins of distress – trauma, poverty, inequality, etc. – we can refocus upstream and create policies that protect against these stressors in the first place.

~ name withheld, Mount Holyoke College

5. C's Get Degrees

It is said that “C’s get degrees”, but that isn’t enough for me. C’s show an average amount of work, an average amount of time, an average amount of effort. “Average” is not something that I want to be known as. I want to be known as the girl who kept moving forward, went above and beyond, and never looked back. My driving force is making my family proud and reaching my ultimate goal—becoming a school psychologist.

I am the very first in my family to attend college. Every time the topic of school or my future is mentioned, I can see on their faces that they are overwhelmed with pride. When I received my Associate’s degree, seeing my grandpa cry made me realize how special my academic journey is to them. They have given up so much and have supported me in every way, making them proud is the very least I could do in return.

Becoming a school psychologist has been my dream career since I was in middle school. The thought of being able to connect and help a child grow both academically and socially is the greatest reward I could ever receive. Every time I am procrastinating typing a paper, not studying when I know I should have, or wanting to give up on a difficult problem, I think about my end goal. Making a difference to even just one child with make all of school worth it.

~ Haleigh Cordeiro, California Polytechnic State University

6. Find Your Unconscious

Psychologists have discovered reasons, stages, and correlations among our biopsychosocial make-up. Over the centuries, they have managed to explain why humans experience what occurs in everyday life. They provide answers when we have questions about ourselves; it is for this reason that I strive to major in psychology.

I believe that I can make people in my environment, as well as myself, healthier by providing some sense of clarity whenever life situations become foggy. My dream is to someday become a successful industrial-psychologist. Why not a clinical psychologist? Working one-on-one with individuals who are struggling would definitely bring me pleasure. However, I believe that I would have a greater impact within my society by helping larger groups. This dream of mine to become an industrial-psychologist would allow me to make the environment of common day people the most comfortable and enjoyable one.

Through the study of psychology, I will be able to know what qualities are the most necessary to enrich the daily lives of people and ensure that I apply them to my work. What drives me? The fact that I have seen psychologists help my family make sense of one of the most difficult things that we have gone through. Psychologists helped my sister facing anorexia nervosa deal with her disorder and helped my family become a strong support system to aid my sister’s recuperation. I want to know that I can help other people, psychology will open the doors to this dream of mine.

~ Iridian, Cal State University of Long Beach

7. My Dream

Over 22 million children in the United States do not live with their biological mother and father and reside with their grandparents. This means that 3 percent of children living in America face the same situation as me. My father and mother were teenagers when they had me, so raising a baby girl was a difficult task for them. Neither of my parents went to college either, so having me took a toll on their lives. For the both of them, college was an opportunity to better their education and be successful, but with me, that would have been harder for them. Living with my grandparents was the best option for me.

I am currently experiencing teenage life and I can understand why raising a child, when you are only a child yourself, is a daunting responsibility. I commend my parents because they choose to provide a better life for me. They wanted to prevent me from facing adversity, they shielded me from their struggles. When I enter college, my goal is not just to pass my classes, it is to make something of myself. I know my parents would want that for me.

My dream is to work up to my doctorate and become a psychiatrist, fulfilling every opportunity and experience that comes my way. Psychiatrist Carl Gustav Jung once said “I am not what happened to me, I am what I choose to become”, and through my hardship, I choose to overcome and prepare for my destiny.

~ Nina Grizzle

8. Art Therapy

My love for psychology began my junior year when I took the AP course. What was supposed to be a schedule-filling elective credit accidentally grew into a genuine fascination. I found myself going above and beyond the curriculum purely out of curiosity. My interest in what we were discussing in class every day would often send me down long, thought-provoking paths that motivated me to hunt down explanations to the answers of questions I didn't know I had. But once I had the answers, they seemed to be demanding further explanation, and I was always more than happy to oblige.

With my future education in this field, I hope to further develop new methods of art therapy that will aid those suffering from different mental disorders and cognitive declines. I feel that experimenting with the effects that art has on people's brain chemistry will open up a new type of therapy that can be clinically prescribed. According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, approximately 43.8 million adults in the United States suffer from mental illnesses. This new form of therapy could possibly improve the mental state of the millions of people impacted while inspiring the creation of art.

~ Taylor Himes, University of Texas San Antonio

9. If You Put Your Mind To It

For as long as I can remember, I knew that I wanted to make a difference in the world. I knew that the first step was to attend an accredited university, and that university happens to be Michigan State. I went into college with the dream of becoming a doctor, however, I had a change of heart.

At the beginning of my freshmen year, the unthinkable happened. My dad committed suicide. My world came crashing down. It was a complete shock. My dad always kept all his feelings masked. I never knew what he was going through, and everyday I regret not paying closer attention. Not a day goes by where I don't think about him. If only I had known. I could've done something. That experience then motivated me to change my major to psychology.

I always wanted to make a difference, and now I know just how I am going to be able to accomplish that dream. I want to help people who are going through what my dad endured. I want to be there for them, to help them overcome their inner demons. I want to let them know that their lives are worth living. Losing a family member to suicide is one of the most detrimental events that anyone can ever endure, and if I can one day prevent someone from experiencing that, then I would have accomplished my goal; I will make a difference.

~ Kayla Harper, Michigan State University

10. Motivated by God to Help Others

I’ve heard from so many different people how difficult college can be. Late nights, big tests, difficult and early classes, that doesn’t even sound like fun. The only thing that keeps me moving towards college is the idea of being able to help other people when I graduate.

In December of 2016 I travelled halfway around the world to the Philippines. While I was there I met 15 wonderful children with horrible backgrounds. The love these children missed out on for so many years is heartbreaking. My future goal is to study Psychology and Religion at Liberty University.

The dream that keeps me motivated to go back to school is the idea that I could help so many people, not just children, but anyone who needs someone willing to listen and talk about their problems. People need more people to care and who want to listen. If people would feel the love that God made for them this world would be a much better place.

~ Trinity Rake, Liberty University

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