As a learner I realize that it has been a progressive or cumulative effect on the information I have learned, understood, practiced, and applied. When I first started in college I was very quiet, conservative and reserved in the way in which I process information. But as I have continued in my studies I have seen the shift from reserved to assertive but keeping an open mind when it came to learning. So, in the process of time I have changed my learning strategies based on my development as a student and the different situation in which I have encountered over the course of my college years. As a learner I know how to organize myself to meet deadlines and accomplish my goals but at the same time I don’t allow myself to go the extra mile to exceed in my studies. As a learner when I am given new task or assignments, I usually feel confident enough to do them.
I ask questions if I need to and take breaks when needed. I think the best lesson I have learned is that taking your time to do something right always produces good results instead of hurrying to just finish, quality will always outdo quantity. As a learner I would rather do a good quality paper then a rushed paper to turn in something for a grade. I am in the doctorate program not only to learn and gain knowledge but also to take what I learn and make a difference. There are so many issues and problems the world has to offer and not enough people to find solutions. I want to educate people so that they become aware of what’s happening in the world they live in to prevent more problems from happening.
My area of strength is my drive and determination to complete anything I start and my willingness to keep persevering. I have always held on to the statement that nobody has to become the product of their environment. The environment does not make you but you make the environment you live in. On the other hand there are areas that I need growth in such as the structure of my paper, making sure my paper has a flow and understanding to it, making sure I’m not just typing things in my paper to just take up space but typing quality papers.
I am really passionate about mental health and human services, specifically the human mind and mental disorders. I have done previous research for my Masters on consumer participation in mental health treatment plans and the outcomes of their input in the decision making process in their treatment goals. Areas that I am looking to explore are comparing the effectiveness of various pharmacologic treatment and behavioral interventions in managing major depressive disorders among adolescents and adults in diverse treatment settings. So my goal is to produce research in which I can transfer onto paper, that it will be a gateway for future solutions.