LaIndia Santos-Phillips wrote -
Benjamin Franklin once said,' An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.' As a young woman pursuing a career in education, this quote is striking to me, and reminds me of the importance of having knowledge and ensuing a path of gaining knowledge. I will be attending Widener University in Chester, Pennsylvania this Fall, majoring in Spanish Secondary Education. I was able to study abroad in Coronado, Costa Rica, my freshman year of high school at the age of 14. For the summer of 2013, I was a volunteer in the Dominican Republic with a non profit organization known as Amigos. I was sent to a small community in the Dominican Republic, and I facilitated educational activities with the young children, and partook in a community based project with the members of the community. Our project consisted of working alongside other community members and young people in renovating a local building. My experience was extraordinary, and it has changed my perspective of the world I have come to know thus far. My goal is to make an impact on others lives, and at the age of 16, I began to accomplish that goal while in the Dominican Republic. I began teaching myself Spanish as a second language at the age of 10, and now, I am partially fluent and can read and write the language. I feel that as a young multicultural woman, I am well rounded and have took my first step in being a catalyst for global change in today’s society. As the eldest of five children, I want to continue to be a role model. I ultimately plan to work in a low income school, and obtain a job with Teach For America. My long term goal is to teach English in an under-developed or under-privileged school. I know the road of life will be rocky, but fortunately I once heard a quote that said,' Do not let the fear of failure hold you back . You have what it takes to succeed.' I know that sooner or later my hard work will pay off.