In what ways has your academic and practical experience prepared you for becoming a counselor/therapist? I found all of my psychology courses very interesting and informative, but there were three that were especially beneficial in preparing me to become a therapist. The most crucial was Abnormal Psychology. In this class I learned to identify major mental disorders, understand their etiology, and gained some practice in diagnosis at an undergraduate level. Developmental psychology is another important course I took.
Portfolio Task: Module 1 Effective Study Skills are the sole foundation for a solid education(540 words) Many academic students making the transition from normal studies and everyday life skills to studies for their chosen profession start to fall behind, this is because the study time increases along with independent working , this is due students not knowing how to approach the new demands (Gettinger & Seibert – 2002). In addition students do not know how to approach the new demands required for independent study.– Metacognition is the awareness of one’s own learning and thinking process, that enables each student to take responsibility for their learning, allowing them to set goals, self assess and implement, however the metacognition side is not taught in the early years. What a student perceives as study skills will depend on the individual, what is effective for one will not be for the other. Study skills are developed through frequent use and become a natural action; skilful reading develops by constant reading and writing by writing. As the mind becomes more fine tuned the student will realise they can apply more to analytical and critical thinking - “Constant practice and critical reflection is essential if the student wishes to succeed” (Cottrell, 2013 P66).
Although it may be asking a lot, what the knowledge seeking intellectuals of America simply want is the chance to learn in a school system that has intentions on moving forward from educational turmoil. A simple way to make progression towards change is standing up and voicing what can be done. Michelle Rhee, 7th superintendent to the D.C. school board, sees what is happening to education and by her lonesome, takes the issues head on. Rhee is the symbolic “superman” in D.C. that has come to save it from the problems plaguing its schools. Her efforts have clearly made much progress but, without the help of others, she stands no chance in evoking reform or initiating recovery.
I look forward to the countless opportunities to become intellectually engaged in an attempt to understand and solve complex problems as they relate to leadership and K-12 education. Drawing from the doctoral dispositions (Grand Canyon University, 2011b), I am here to reflective on my practice by asking questions of myself and others. I will learn to self-reflect and continuously search for new meaning, new truth, or new knowledge in order to grow and develop as a practitioner-scholar. Doctoral Motives of Study Leonard, Becker and Coate (2005) maintained the most powerful reason for individuals to obtain a doctorate degree as personal ambition. Findings identified personal ambition as a more powerful force than both career advancement and personal growth combined (Leonard et al., 2005).
Bandura learned a lot about value and importance of self-direction from this time in his life (Aboud, 2005). After graduating high school, Bandura started working in Alaska during the summer (Aboud, 2005). Then he decided to go to the University of British Columbia (Aboud, 2005). He took an introductory psychology course because it fit into an early timeslot thus allowing him to work in the afternoon and became hooked (Aboud, 2005). He graduated three years later in 1949 with the Bolocan Award in psychology (Aboud, 2005).
The School seems to have older methods however the Obis have a passion for modern methods. Micheal says “Ndume School is backward in every sense of the word”(162) and tries his hardest to change that completely. Micheal is pleased to hear “All our colleagues are young and unmarried,”(161) he tells Nancy “they will give all their time and energy to the school”(161) however Nancy is not pleased to hear this news. Nancy had already imagined herself as the “admired wife of the young headmaster, the queen of the school” (161) she wanted everyone to know who she is and look up to her, Nancy was a bit of a showoff. The Obis have their ideas and don’t want anything to ruin that, even their own self deconstruction.
In a professional, volunteer, extracurricular, or academic setting, describe how you overcame a challenging situation within a team. What did you learn about yourself from this experience and how will you use this insight while working in teams at Fuqua? “Team Work” is something that I learnt in my undergrad days where I organized a lot of events. I would like to describe one event in particular where I faced a lot of challenges. During my final year of college I had an opportunity to organize a national level event which aimed at developing young entrepreneurs and creative thinkers.
I was at the top of the world when I knew I got the course. I hope that I can become a professional and certified counselor. Besides that, I wish that I can further my study in USA and get a PhD in Counseling. Before entering university, I used to work during the school holidays. I started to work since I was 14 year-old.
The pursuit of our desires, to be more simplistic is going after your desires. The pleasure and satisfaction from the pursuit of your desires makes you stop and realize how proud you are of the journey you made. For example, you work really hard and have perseverance. On a more personal note, I have a concussion and I have been struggling with school work; however I did not let my injury stop me from pursuing my goal to get myself better and get better grades in school. My injury occurred on May 28th 2012 and I started to struggle in school instantly.
Overtime I grew frustrated and noticed that the only way I’d make it in this life is to settle my nose down into some state educational program to get a paper that shows my worth to this earth. When I say worth I don’t want to make you think in terms of money, even though that’s exactly what school and learning is about for many people. The more you know in your field of study the more you make salary-wise. I just want to know more so I can help people and friends figure out what they want out of their life and how to fulfill their personal purpose. When working with people you must understand when and how to communicate.