Throughout my life, I had many challenges I was raise by a single mother which has its challenges. At the age of 13 I was brought to New York City and I was forced to learn a new culture, language and customs. I was taught to be independent and work hard. Returning to college as an adult, with family and children, it’s a challenge but being able to complete my degree has being a long time goal. Being able to give my children and myself a better life it’s something I have to do.
I.My Early years
•Being Raise By A Single Mother
•Moving to New York City
•College As an Adult
•My Academic Goals
•Life After Graduating
My Early years
I was born in the Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic and lived with my mother and grandmother. Being raised by a single mother has its challenges. My mother worked lot of hours; thank God she had my grandmother’s help. My mother work very hard, she had to wake up at 4:00 AM everyday to go work. She at times held three jobs to make sure that I could go to a good private school and have everything that I needed. In Bronfenbrenner’s ecological theory, the microsystem consists of our primary daily environment: family, school, neighborhood, religious, and group affiliations (Witt & Mossler, 2010, Chptr 2.8, para 2). As a child Microsystems, which consist of family, neighborhood, religious and group affiliations has been the most influence in my life. I was raise by a single mother, I taught to be independent and work hard. My mother was extra strict with me I was not allowed to stay out much. Although School was the number one priority for my mother, I was taught to do chores around the house, learning to cook, clean and other household responsibilities which were also essential to learned. My mother was the strongest influence. As a child she taught me values, to be responsible, respect other especially older people, to work hard, honesty and to have faith in myself. My mother knew where I was, with whom and what I was doing. She monitored my every move, making sure that wasn’t doing anything wrong. Another influence in my childhood was my school, I went to Catholic school from kindergarten to the 8th grade, and the staffs at the school were very strict. In school I learned honesty, co-operation, and obedience. My mother always says that if you really want something you have to work really hard for it. She also taught me how to be responsible and committed. I learned that no matter how hard things get, there’s always light at the end of the tunnel. Being raise by mother and grandmother helped shape the person I am today. I’m work hard, I’m responsible and goal oriented thanks to the values instilled in me by her. Now that I’m adult and a mother, I see myself passing on these values that I learned to my children. I also see more clearly now the reason why my mother instilled these values to me. Even the smallest things I was taught plays a very important part of who I’m today something I live by. My Childhood
I came to live to the United States for the first time at age 13. The process of moving was very stressful, painful, overwhelming, and exciting all at the same time. It was stressful and painful because I was leaving my mother behind to come live with my father, stepmother and my half brothers and sisters. Coming from an only child household to live with 5 other siblings was very hard for me. It was stressful coming to live to a different country with different languages, customs, style of life and even a completely different weather. At the same time it was exciting to get to experience living in another country and meeting people from all different background, since New York City is known for having people from all over the world. I was moving to a new place not knowing anyone or how to get places without getting lost. My...