My name is Karin Shaffer. I went to San Marcos High School and am currently attending Palomar College where I will be for two years until 2020, and then I will be transferring to a university to continue my education. I haven’t yet determined which school, although it is likely to be one of the UC or CSU schools in California. I am majoring in psychology, and later will be focusing specifically on cognitive and developmental psychology.
I aspire to changing and transforming public education. I believe that there are many flaws and many students are left behind or treated badly for having different learning styles and/or education and career aptitudes than the ones that school is typically geared towards. I want to improve education and make it equal and open to everyone.
I am often inspired by people that take a stand against injustices, particularly those that do it peacefully and civilly. I am inspired by people that stand up for what they believe in and don’t back down when others disagree with them. I see many people like this around the world, fighting for better education in their countries, and I want to do the same in mine.
I never doubted that I would pursue a higher education, even something beyond community college. It’s always been a possibility for me, and for that I am grateful for my parents and all their hard work in caring and providing for me and my sister. Figuring out what I wanted to study and do with my life, whether it’s technically a career or not, is what motivated me to go even further than community college.
I have not had to deal with many hardships in life, not like many other people that received this scholarship. However, if I am going to pursue the education that I desire to have, I will need all the financial help that I can get. My family grew up as missionaries in Germany, and once we moved to California, my parents both continued in their careers in education. Seeing as how teachers and others in education aren’t paid very well, and the fact that my dad often only has a part time job, money has been a bit tight. This is part of the reason that I took the cheapest option of an education available to me.
I did well in school, although it was very difficult at times. I took classes that challenged me and did well in most of them. I figured out what I want to do with my life and researched how I can make that possible; my dream and goal is big, crazy, some would say impossible, but I have not backed down because I care too much for the future generations. It may not seem like much, but I consider that an achievement.
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