Self motivated, industrious, dedicated, determine and God fearing individual are attributes that reflects my own characteristics. My religious background began in the Church of God in Christ where the Old Testament was the primary teachings that shaped my life’s values and forms. Upon publicly stating that I believed in Jesus Christ and that He died for my sins, I was baptized and thereafter considered “saved and sanctified.” This is one of the factors besides culture, my Sunday school teacher and family that lead me to believe that “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Pursuing my doctoral degree is one of the things that will shape my future in helping me to be an effective leader. This personal reflection encompasses several areas of my past and current life. The elements of discussion include early influences for engagement in a doctoral program, level of preparedness and current higher education position, anticipated outcomes of the program, and life beyond the PhD and advanced studies.
Earning my bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice Administration and Planning was one of my greatest achievements. I thought that acquiring this degree will be enough educational experience to embark upon my career. However, I have soon learned that a bachelor’s degree will open the doors to numerous opportunities, but keeping these opportunities open will require further education. I began wondering about the range of my abilities when I attended University of Phoenix, in a pursuit of a masters’ degree in Criminal Justice. I emerged not only with a well rounded experience, but also a more secure person with a new outlook of a brighter future.
My professional work history varies throughout different fields. After obtaining my undergraduate degree, I started my career as a case worker. There, I provided counseling for twenty-two children, their families and foster parents. I also coordinated...