Introduction I am Zuleyma Monjaras, a sophomore at Diamond Technology Institute trying to figure out what's next in my path. I am also a mature, responsible teenage. I believe I more mature and more responsible than most teenagers or even adults. Two of my strongest characteristics I have are being independent and productive. I can get things done when they have to get done and I don’t need someone to depend on. An example of getting work done is my weebly reflections of learning. I have shown that I can get my work turned in everytime. I always make notes or reminders for myself so i’m aware of what I have to get done. My areas of strengths are being flexible, being fair, and being well organized. I am able to adapt to different conditions and I believe everything should be fair. Being organized is a big part of me. I don’t think I have ocd but I always need to be organized in order for me to work properly. Some of my weaknesses are public speaking and being antisocial. I want to meet new people but I’m socially awkward, which also makes me bad at public speaking.
Reflection on goals and 10 year plan from this year Since I've made the action plan I have changed careers and the college I was planning to attend. My freshman year I was convinced I wanted to be a cardiologist and help people, since I had a cardiologist when I was younger. I was planning to go to UCLA and after graduating from there I planned to go to a medical school. After all the schooling I planned to do training in my career, but this year I decided I wanted to switch things up and research another career I was interested in. I either wanted to learn more about crime scene investigators or detectives. I decided on researching CSI. I always thought crime scene investigators had interesting jobs. I decided to look into Arcadia University and I found out I had to take years of forensic science. I had to critically think to make all the decisions I made to decide what I want to become. I had to also communicate with teachers to see what would be the best choices for me.
Identity absolutes There’s things about me that will probably always stay the same. I know I will always be awkward and antisocial. I feel awkward in every situation. I will always stand up to what I believe in. If I feel like something is wrong I won’t stay quiet. I know I’m not the best at talking to people but I know not all people aren’t terrible humans and I would love to help those people any way I can. I love my culture I will always be proud my culture. My culture is something no one will ever be able to take from me. Also, I will never stop listen to the wide variety of music I listen to. Music has helped me through a lot and it’s a big part of me. I have worked had to have good grades in school. Im aware that things in school will get harder over the years but I will always try to stay good in school. These traits are important to me because they make me who I am. I’m not the best at everything but I try to be.
Outside Perceptions People will probably always think I’m unfriendly since I’m shy and don’t try to talk to people. People will also probably inaccurately perceive me because of my grades. I have good grades but I don’t know everything. Some stereotypes that I continue to experience are not being able to understand anything because I’m a teenager, or not caring about others and only caring about myself. Just because I’m a teenager people think I don’t understand what they might be going through but I’ve probably have gone through more than them. Even though I am shy and quiet I care about others but don’t know how to express it. My 10 year plan has shown me that it is possible to have the life you desire. My goals have helped people understand that I can be someone in life.
Goals to cultivate your identity My goals for the next two years are to trying to figure out what’s next for me. I want to keep having good grades, to graduate, get a job, get more than one friend, finding a purpose, standing up for myself, being less sensitive, cutting off toxic people, and the list goes on but those are some of my main goals. My peer group can help me hinder these changes by helping me figure out what I’m interested on, letting me know where people are hiring or helping me find out who's not the best people to hang out with. I know I can graduate but I want to do it with good grades in case I decide to go to a college or university I will have a good reputation. Upon entering 11th grade I want to be more recognized than I’ve been in the past two years. I also want to be able be at school everyday and on time.
Implications for the future Some enrichment opportunities that exist and interest me are cabrillo classes since they’re free for high schoolers. I can easily make some time to go to those classes and they will make me look better when applying to colleges. Jobs that would suit me in the next two years would be any job I could get so I can start saving money for college if I decide to go since it’s very expensive. Having a job would enable me to save money for some educational programs to increase my knowledge. If I had money to go to some sort of science advanced class it would help me a lot in college when I’m trying to get a degree and become a CSI. I am aware that a person who is friendlier and is able to talk to people can be a big help to the community but a hard worker is probably a bigger help. Before entering junior year I hope have have helped improved our community and I have become more social.
Conclusion In conclusion I have grown this year and I have evidence to prove it. I'm still learning and growing as a person but that takes time. I hope for becoming a person I will be proud of.