The reason I choose to become a Family and Consumer Science teacher began in Hillcrest High School when I made apricot tarts in cooking class. This is when I learned how to cook and use measurement utensils to become a gourmet cook. I wish. I went to York College and received a Bachelor of Science in Community Health Education. In order to graduate I had to complete an internship so I volunteered at Elmhurst Hospital in the Social Work department with the Community Health Educators to become familiar with the type of environment I might work in. After volunteering at the hospital, I received a call from the Associate Director of the Social Work department inviting me to become the Coordinator of the Smoking Cessation Research Program for the upcoming summer semester of 2007. I agreed and enjoyed speaking to patients about their success in quitting smoking. I gave out nicotine patches to the hospital population and on the campus of Queens College in the Student Union Building.
Upon entering Queens College as a Family and Consumer Science major I began working in the SEEK department at York College as a Counselor’s Assistant. I work with the incoming freshman’s inside and outside the classroom making sure they know how to acclimate to the college environment. I made sure the students knew how to use the college as a resource for success. I also conducted workshops on how to register for the classes according to their majors. Additionally I became a Supplemental Instructor at York College teaching the SEEK students self awareness and encouraging them to progress positively.
In conclusion, I’m inspired to be in a position that involves me helping and encouraging others with helping them pursue their success. Whether it’s an individual’s career, daily life style, or someone making a positive choice I like to be a part of it. Learning starts from within. Your mind doesn’t work if your heart is not there.