University of Houston-Victoria
Career Education Counselors Role
Dr. Mary Natividad
February 13, 2011
I was born and brought up in India also known as Republic of India. India is the largest subcontinent in South Asia which consists of six other countries including Nepal, Pakistan and Bangladesh. My family is oriented by the Indian culture and lifestyle. In India, Kerala (my home State), is the first State to achieve 100% literacy. It is known for its natural beauty and nicknamed as God’s own country. India has a population of 1.18 billion (April 2010 Estimate) and 29 main languages. Life in my birth country (India) is fascinating as people from various different communities, ethnic and language groups, and religious traditions live together in unity. Indian population is polygenetic and is an amazing amalgamation of various races and cultures. The cultural anthropological studies reveal the fact that there are over 4000 ethnic groups and 1635 dialects in India. 41. 03% Indian population speaks Hindi, the national language of India. Indian tradition and culture is demonstrated through the language, food, religious festivals, jewelry, music, dance and sculptures. Being a child of Christian missionary I have had the opportunity to move to different States in India and live in their cultures from my early childhood. My High school education was done in Kerala, my home State and moved to karnataka, another South Indian State, for four years to do my undergraduate program in Cultural studies. After the graduation I moved to Uttar Pradesh, a North Indian state, with the employment. These experiences provided me opportunity to understand the cultural differences within my country. Now I live in Houston. Houston is a city with large number of Asian Indian immigrants. Therefore, we have Indian associations and community groups in Houston to foster the Indian traditions and culture, and to transfer the Indian heritage to the second and third generation Indian immigrants in Houston. Family of Origin – Genogram (Appendix- A)
I was born and raised in a small town in Kerala, India. My parents, also born and raised in Kerala, India, have been in Church ministry for last fifty-five years. It has been a challenge for my father and mother as they have endured many struggles such as poverty, lack of support from family and friends, and extreme opposition from other religious fundamentalists and further social pressures to conform. Such events enable me to understand the struggles and emotions that people in such situations experience. My father is so gentle and soft-spoken. He comes from a farmer family. I have never seen my grandfather. I was told that he was a hard-working farmer. He owned 10 acres of agricultural land. He had begun his day daily by 4 am and after the Morning Prayer he used to go to the land for his work. His children, including my father helped him in the work of agricultural cultivation and production. The trait of hard-working from my grandpa and the spiritual discipline of my grandma, later, influenced my father to be a strict religious and hard-working person in his family. The strict discipline received from my father helps me a lot to be self-disciplined in my daily personal and professional work plan. My Father, after his High School graduation, became a Christian minister. My mother, a house wife, is so loving and caring. She respects my father as he, in turn, loved her. It was also the cultural trait in India that woman to be submissive to their husband. While my father was busy with his church ministry responsibilities, my mother took care of the house and was always concerned with our school work, our homework, projects, and tests My elder sister, who is an accountant, was just like a mother for me as she was 12 years older than me. She was a woman of patience and...