I’m from Ecatepec, Mexico but moved to Texas, when I was fifteen years old to live with my aunt. Got my initial schooling in San Antonio. Through my years in school, I’ve come to realize life in a better way. I have been able to explore myself more, as a person and an able body in the community while adapting to the school environment around me. My part-time job experiences enabled me to connect with people from other ethnic groups. This allowed me to learn better methods of establishing a profound way to socially interact with them, get to know them and work along with them.
A person develops their moral attributes from the society they live in, their surrounding defines the values and grooms your character along. I see myself as a down to earth, friendly, understanding, straight forward person that likes to connect with others. My morale values define my actions and as such I like to help out others whenever I can.
Come from a low-income family background, I found education to a long fetched dream. Public schools were the only option for me to get enrolled in and to learn from but the downside to it only was the unavailability of better education. However, it became quite clear eventually that education to me, was my defining point in this society and the world around me. Just as Steve Goodier states, “Those who overcome great challenges will be changed, and often in unexpected ways. For our struggles enter our lives as unwelcome guests, but they bring valuable gifts. And once the pain subsides, the gifts remain. These gifts are life’s true treasures, bought at great price, but cannot be acquired in any other way” challenges should not be viewed as dead ends but more as promising milestones to cross over. To get myself recognized, I needed something to be present me to my peers later on in professional life. One of the people that truly inspired me, back in school, was Jaime Escalante. His life’s struggle as a Latino trying to aid the under-performing schools in Los Angeles and getting students to pass with record numbers, against all odds, gave me a new boost in life. The words of Dr. Martin Luther King, “Quietly endure, silently suffer and patiently wait” are one’s that are praise worthy and a another true motivation in my struggle to move forward and progress through my hardships.
Choices always define who we are and what we become, therefore being able to make the choice of selecting a career focused study, became my first priority. Selecting a career oriented study, is not an easy task and to have it done properly, one needs to properly research into colleges, their curriculum and see if it aligns with your interest as well. For me, it was rather simpler since I saw my interest shifting towards Liberal studies. I always preferred Liberal studies, since it piqued my interest to read about the concepts and views that Liberalism conveyed. The idealistic approach towards spreading the general idea of equality and liberty, has always been the center of my interest.
Characterizing Yourself Today
Being a liberal studies major is an important responsibility in itself, since it incorporates the values of understanding of various disciplines including history, art, technology and philosophy. Liberal studies enable me to connect with people and to represent my thinking in a clear, concise manner. As a liberal studies major, I consider myself to be able to present my knowledge to people around me. It’ll help me present a view based on the ethnic differences that I see around me, have witnessed as I was growing up and abolishing the misguided concepts towards false identities associated with Hispanic people. Hispanic culture is quite diverse and very interesting. There’s a small portion of the community that distances themselves form Hispanics, however I’ve found the community in San Antonio to be quite welcoming, understanding and friendly but there is still a small noticeable percentage of discomfort present among the people when it comes to Hispanic people. As a liberal studies student and an immigrant that has grown up with the same problems when connecting to people, I’ll be able to bring this issue to spotlight and educate people about my perspective on this race associated issue.
As an interdisciplinary student relates to my understanding and knowledge of Hispanic-American history, philosophy, politics and language development over the years. Acquiring a grasp of the history permits to get a clear insight towards the relationship between Hispanics and Americans, the political issues and the way these two cultures have connected and strived to work together in the past.
I personally think that the field of law and political sciences piques my interest the most and has always been an interesting subject. The reason behind my personal preference to these two is solely because it enables me to fully understand the legal stature of the judicial system, its perspective towards an individual’s right, whereas political sciences allows a better insight into how certain issues can be discussed and resolved, and ways to educate people around me with similar issues to raise their opinion on a proper platform.
Setting life goals is imperative and the ideal time to do so, is at the start of your career studies. This allows for a focused and concentrated aim in life to reach out for. Education has always been my top priority and will remain to be one. Since I believe in the fact that education defines us in our society, among our peers and in the professional market as well. The things I learn today will help move forward towards my life goals. Learning and establishing myself in the field of liberal studies has always been my part of my dream. Being able to learn and excel myself in this particular discipline has allowed me to groom myself as an intellectual individual, to gain a better approach towards the prevalent or rising issues around me and my community. I believe in the words of John F. Kennedy stating, “If by a “Liberal” they mean someone who looks ahead and not behind, someone who welcomes new ideas without rigid reactions, someone who cares about the welfare of the people-their health, their housing, their schools, their jobs, their civil rights and their civil liberties-someone who believes we can break through the stalemate and suspicions that grip us in our policies abroad, if that is what they mean by a “Liberal”, then I’m proud to say I’m a “Liberal” “ and his work as a liberalist has truly been a motivating force for me and others who are in the field of liberal studies. There’s room for more growth and I find it to be an opportunity that has granted me to prove myself and provide a better example to other Hispanic youth around me to learn from.
My education in the field of liberal studies has given me the chance of seeking out a career in the Political and Judicial system. I understand that the market around me is filled with competition, individuals who might be more educated, more skilled and much more enthusiastic than me will be competing for a place in these departments but I am determined and I believe that my determination, dedicated and devotedness will lead me to a starting position in my career.
In terms of applying the knowledge I have gained in my educational pursuit of properly grasping the essence of liberal studies, will be in form of speaking out at political platforms, objectifying the questionable racial acts, bringing forth means to eliminating discrimination among ethnic groups and raising the voice of the oppressed. As challenging as it seems, the further I have devoted myself to it, the more interesting and captivating it has become for me. As a liberal studies student, it is imperative to understand that speaking out on these problems, must always be backed with sound researched results, a proper and clear understanding of them and the reasons behind them being present in our society.
Organizing the Paper as a Whole
Autobiographies are an interesting way to look into a person’s life, their history, struggles, motivation and role models. Being able to relay my autobiography to someone else involves the process of having the reader establish a good understanding of the background. It is a well known practice to walk the reader through each life event, leading up to their education, life goals and career choices. Knowing their interests and the showcasing a proper picture of myself.
Presenting an autobiography literally relates to the practice of painting a picture, starting with a rough sketch and slowly developing it with layers of paint that can be related to life experiences. Each of these layers representing a meaning in itself and adding a completeness to the picture, slowly. In my case, it felt important to allow readers to look into things that motivated me, assisted me in moving forward in my life and reaching the present point.