Rosa Parks once said "When one's mind is made up, this diminishes fear; knowing what must be done does away with fear". To be a college student in this time can be scary, challenging, and depressing. We're socialized to value money and material as we strive for the abstract idea of success. Those who achieve success are those who chose to break the mold and take charge of their lives. They overcame their insecurities with resilience, grit, and tenacity to realize success is failure turned inside out. As a first-generation student coming from a low-income background, I have experienced dreams becoming reality, and so have made it my responsibility to support students in realizing their strengths.
The world changes so piercing that at times it is difficult to manage and adjust. So, it is crucial for students to learn how to be open to change so they continue to grow as learners. My philosophy of education is humanistic with an emphasis on empowering students. Students thrive best when environments support them to take charge of their lives. I prefer to serve as a mentor or a facilitator for student empowerment. To be confident in abilities, experiential learning with intentional reflection is essential. When students need help the most, I am there to help guide them through the rough patch.
Education goes beyond the classroom. For our relationship to be fruitful, students take advantage of the opportunities available while seeking support and guidance to gain the most from in their endeavors. Collaboration is key. My students learn about themselves and how to navigate through life in harmony with others.