“Why are you crying?”, she asked, as I was holding her hands with profuse tears rolling down my cheeks. Earlier that afternoon, my friend Amy had been looking dispirited so I sat her down and expressed concern. She confided that a fight with her parents had immensely damaged their relationship which devastated her. The next moment, my eyes were filled with tears because I felt the pain that she felt.
At the end of the day, she gave me a hug and thanked me for listening. To this day, that hug has been a reminder of why I want to study psychology. I believe empathy is the main reason. A lot of my friends live with mental conditions such as anxiety and depression. Seeing how those conditions interfere with their daily lives, my heart crumbles. I know there are people everywhere just like my friends coping with mental illnesses and my dream is to help them in the most effective ways possible. Taking this into consideration, I have decided that I want to be a psychologist.
The seed of this dream was planted in my teenage years. In the living room, my dad explained to me what “the unconscious mind” is, while showing me Freud’s iceberg analogy. I gazed at the bottom of the iceberg and was enthralled by the complexity of one’s mind.
Needless to say, that’s when my interest for psychology sprouted. After high school, I flew halfway around the world to the United States, and flipped to a new page of my life studying at Whatcom Community College, a place that will always stay close to my heart. On campus, I was inspired by some of the most determined people, they brought positive impacts to my life. Witnessing how we can influence the ones around us, I engaged in leadership hoping to achieve the same result. I acquired social and problem solving skills as a leader. With leadership comes companionship, I’ve made loyal friends who are the sparkling stars in my darkest night. In each and every friendship I learned a little bit more about myself.
Self-discovery was evident in my academic life as well. I seized opportunities that had allowed me to explore my dream. The more psychology classes I took, the more in love with it I fell, the more I became fascinated by how mind and behavior interact with each other.Gradually, I started envisioning my future in this field, that’s when I realized it’s time for me to transfer and pursue a higher education in a four-year university since my college doesn’t provide a bachelor degree in psychology. With the passion and the belief that there is a place for me in this profession, my perseverance comes from the intrinsic motivation to succeed. I am drawn to psychology, a subject that’s categorized as “soft science” because of how intangible it is.
There’s no absolute answer which makes a psychologist’s work challenging and admirable. Every patient’s case is different even though they might have the same mental disorder. The psychologist has to be professionally qualified in order to diagnose and offer the most effective treatments.
That being said, I believe that the knowledge and experience from a four-year university will further equip me for the future I’m constructing. As I enter university, I want to celebrate the challenges that will come in the way, knowing that they will mature and humble me. I hope to excel in my academic study by learning and applying knowledge more efficiently. Moreover, I aspire to be encouraged and to encourage others.
I am eager to befriend people from different backgrounds that carry unique stories. Coming from Hong Kong, I want to bring a diverse perspective to the campus by being thoroughly engaged in events and clubs. Last but not least, I can’t wait to have fun and live up to my full potential while turning my dream into reality.