My Autobiography - School Experiences Influencing Life Chances & Choices
School has impacted my life to a huge extent providing experiences to cope with the real-life problems, understand the basic requirements, develop and improve my skills, and motivated through different classroom activities. My teachers created certain situations in the classroom in which we performed different activities based on the themes provided by them. These activities had helped build my vision how to tackle different scenarios and how different alternatives can be created and best chosen in a given situation. I was provided with huge opportunities during my school life. We played different games to encourage creativity in us. I was tested through regular assignments that were also beneficial throughout my educational period. My teachers encouraged me to engage in creative activities, enjoy the experiences at school and, with their help; I developed a broader spectrum of activities. At school, I improved my communication skills, enhanced clarity and precision. The ideas given by me during studies were welcomed by the teachers and the school regularly took my feedback to assess the development of my skills and abilities. I can safely articulate that my school experience has broadened my vision, built my skills, and influenced my life chances and choices.
Experiences in Life Giving Message to be Cautious or Risk Taking
Risk aggravates and increases different types of responses for which a person should make a decision whether to take risk or be cautious. Life experiences have taught me to respond to a situation in different ways. In other words I have a set of alternatives offering me distinctive solutions to tackle a situation. I can ignore or take safety precautions by thinking different alternatives. I could minimize the risk by taking every possible precaution and weighing pros and cons of the action to be taken. I have the option to rely on other people's experience or on my own understanding. Experience has told me that although it is always tempting to take risk for getting huge rewards but the consequences attached to risk should also be predicted and assessed and only then calculated risk should be taken. Several day-to-day activities are risky in nature and should be dealt accordingly. The safety precautions should be taken as demanded by the situation. It is pertinent to mention that efforts should be made to minimize the risk as much as it is possible even in minor affairs during routine life. It means that activities involving considerably high level of risks should be avoided, but experience has also taught me that it is better to understand the benefits attached with risks and only then decision should be made.
Goals Set by my Parents and School a Place of Freedom or Fear
Accomplishments especially in education can be understood better based on the goals set for the children by parents and also level of parent's aspirations. These goals and aspirations are directly related to the academic activities of students and contribute heavily towards accomplishments during education and also in the future life. It is pertinent to mention that parent's ambitions and goal setting influences level of success in studies and their intellectual achievements. My parents determined and set goals for educational accomplishments to develop values and support my belief about my abilities and intelligence. School has always remained a place of freedom for me where I enjoyed different activities set by the teachers. These activities were designed to improve my skills, develop my vision, and prepare for the future life. I was always encouraged to enjoy freedom despite certain fears that I had. I was made to understand that risks are always there in the life, whether at school or outside world, but we have to be prepare to tackle them as rewards are attached to risks.
My Dreams when I was Younger
Dreams of a young person are dynamic in nature as they are continuously changing. Dreams at times are fragile in nature while they could also prove beneficial for any young person to achieve success in the future life. One of the biggest challenges in my life is to make a decision about career that follows after completing education. This, in fact, is a demanding situation in life as I have no idea of what it would be. In this regard, goals set by parents to accomplish along with necessary freedom at school supported me to a huge extent. School made me think positively, understand the nature of risk and developed belief that risks are attached with rewards.
It is pertinent to highlight that every young person is overwhelmed by different alternatives available based on the stories of future success or failure. My parents provided me a favorable environment supporting my dreams and their inspirations. I believe that parents and teachers are the people who form dreams for future to help a young person and develop confidence that he/she can fulfill dreams. However, excess of imagination is detrimental instead of beneficial. Every young person should feel that he/she is being valued and admired. The culture in which I grew had always emphasized results and accomplishments. I was taught that we should always affirm the fundamental value of a human-being as exclusively valuable. The sense of belonging developed especially by my parents has filled a feeling of safety, security, and comfort in me to accomplish the goals set by them.
In the paper I have strived to describe briefly my autobiography related to some special areas. These areas include the experience I had in my school life and how education has influenced my life chances and choices. I have narrated my experiences that gave me message to be cautious or take risk in a particular situation. At the end I have mentioned the goals set for me by my parents and also the dreams I used to have during young age.
I am Gene Geralde Gonzales, I was born on May 2, 1971 at Baguio City, Philippines. We are seven siblings in the family. I am the seventh child. My mother’s name is Fe Geralde Gonzales, she is from Cebu City and my father’s name is Mario Dy Gonzales, he is from Legaspi, Albay. I took my elementary education as well as my secondary education at Saint Louis School of Campo Filipino located at Naguilian Road Baguio City. I have a happy childhood living with my parents and with my siblings. During weekends, we usually spend our day in the park. And we help each other in our daily activities. My family is a happy and a loving family.
During my high school days, I usually spend my free time in the library together with my friends. Our school is exclusively for girls and because of that I find it hard to communicate with the opposite sex. We usually spend our summer vacation in the hometown of my mother, which is located at Minglanilla Cebu City. My hobbies are reading books, biking, watching movies and also cross stitching. I also spend my free time hanging out with my friends. My dream was to become a nurse. I was able to pass the entrance examination given at Saint Louis University and I had my first year as a nursing student. I wasn’t able to pass one of the major subjects. I have to transfer to another school. I had to take a summer class for my back subject at Pines City Educational Center and from that time I continued my studies and graduated in the year 1992 with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. After graduation, I have my self review and took the exam for Civil Service Professional Level, wherein I was able to pass the exam. By the year 1993, together with my college friends we went to Manila to have our review and took our board exam for nursing. While waiting for the result of the board exam, I worked as a volunteer nurse at Antamok Mines.
My interpersonal skills and nursing skills were developed during my stay at Antamok Mines Hospital. After I passed the Board Exam for Nurses, by the year 1994, I worked as a private duty nurse employed by Miss Cheen Tan, wherein I took care of her father, who is 82 years of age and with Parkinson’s disease. I assisted him with his daily activities, give him bath and feed him, and also I make sure to take all his medications in time. My salary as a private duty nurse is not enough to support my family financially so I decided to apply as a caretaker in Taiwan. By March 1996, I went to work in Taiwan. It was my first time to live away from my family. I had a hard time in adjusting to a new environment, with different culture and dialect as well. After six months, I can communicate with the family members of my employer in Mandarin, their native language and also I can do well with my daily activities especially cooking their Chinese dishes. I worked as a domestic helper and as a caretaker. My employer has seven family members. I took care of my employer’s mother who is a stroke patient, 87 years of age and a hemiplegic.
I assist her to sit in the wheel chair and also give her daily bath. I worked there for three years. My employer wanted me to extend my contract, but unfortunately that time only three years is the maximum unless I changed my passport and use another name. I enjoyed working in Taiwan because my employer treated me not as a domestic helper but as one of their family members. I went back home to Philippines. By January 2001, I applied in Dubai as a private duty nurse, employed by Sheikh Marwan Maktoum Bin Al Maktoum. I worked in a royal family where in I took care of their first child. We are three people looking after her, two registered nurses and one registered midwife. I worked there until December 2004. By February 2005, I was hired to work as trainer at Philippine Caretaker Training Center. It is a training center for females who want to work in Hong Kong, Malaysia and Singapore as a domestic helper.
I worked there until June 2006. By July 2006, I took a month course of reflexology at AKSEM Homes Foundation and by August 2006 I worked there as a reflexology therapist until December 2006. On January 1, 2007 I was employed as a trainer at Cebu Asia Training Specialist Inc. located at Dian, Makati City. It was a training center for females who wants to work as a domestic helper for Hong Kong. By September 16, 2007 until October 25, 2011, I worked as a staff nurse in Dar Elhekma Clinic located in Salihia Street, Riyadh Saudi Arabia. After working in Saudi Arabia for 4 years I decided to go home since both of my parents passed away in the same year. I spend my whole life working for my family especially for my parents, because they are sick and they need to take medication for their maintenance. After I came home from Saudi Arabia, with my savings my family house was renovated.
I have to work to support myself and my two sisters; by August 13, 2012, I was re-hired as a trainer in Philippine Caretaker Training and Assessment Center Inc. I worked there until June 29, 2013. I resigned because of the poor management; the manager tends to bring down the staff instead of encouraging them to grow professionally. My plan is to save for my future since I have no family and I am single.