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Sample 1st Paragraph for the MA in Early Childhood Studies, Canada, Saudi Woman

I am a young woman from Saudi Arabia who now lives in Canada. As the mother of a premature child, I have become profoundly focused on the area of Early Childhood Studies and I want very much to build on my volunteer experience here in Canada helping out with kindergarten age children. My undergraduate studies in Saudi Arabia were also focused on Early Childhood Studies.

Sample Autobiographical Statement for Admission to a PsyD Program, Russian Teacher, Early Childhood

My journey began at one of the oldest in Russia, XXXX University. I studied Pedagogy in the Department of Education and earned a Bachelor's degree. I chose the education field because of my connection with children and genuine interest in studying child development. What I valued the most was coming to understand the emotional and developmental stages of children. During my internship with preschool children, I witnessed the significant impact families have on child development. One child crayoned a picture of his family with his mother colored in black, locked outside of his home standing in the rain and absent of facial features. At three years old  his mother had left him and he had forgotten how she looked, but still mourned her loss. Children express themselves differently through their stages of development.

It was this child’s painting and use of color to depict emotion that first captured my interest in studying the psychological aspects of color. My senior thesis paper was a labor of love for a full year of in-depth research that culminated in a 65-page paper explaining how color and form impact the emotions of preschool children. I conducted tests on children and recorded their emotional reactions after showing them different colors and form factors. My research discovered that the color and form of objects have a powerful psycho-physiological connection with children.

In addition to my educational experience, I worked as a volunteer counselor for an orphanage in Russia. I worked with children and adolescents who had a problems with rejection, depression, and aggression. I observed first-hand how circumstance and environment were powerful influences on their development. When a child first enters into the home they often experienced many complex emotions and mental health issues. Adapting to a new environment, building new relationships and friends, and preparing for outside life often required the help of a experienced psychologists, which I got to job shadow. I observed the therapy process and how they were able to help a child feel better and restore some of their self-confidence. Many of the children had horrifying life stories and were victims of abuse and trauma. Through volunteering, I learn empathy, compassion and listening. I also developed a profound respect and admiration for the professional psychologists that worked with the orphans. It was with this experience that I knew I would become a psychologist.

After graduation, I realized I wanted to see the world. I traveled on a journey of self-discovery that led me to the Shaolin Monastery in Deng Feng, China where I studied for two months. Shrouded in the legends and mysteries of the fighting monks, the Shaolin Temple is renowned in the world of martial arts. The monastery, surrounded by the Songshan Mountain that escalated to a thorny peak, symbolized my personal path of self-discovering. At 5:00 a.m. daily. I awoke half-asleep, left my tiny room and climbed the Songshan Mountain, training in the endurance of the spirit. Each student was assigned their monk to teach them philosophy, meditation, breathing exercises, and martial arts. Slowly, I developed harmony between my body and mind and began to understand the potential that existed inside of me.

Fascinated and intrigued by Asian culture, I moved to China in 2011 to study at XXXX Language and Culture University. Being immersed in Chinese culture was extremely challenging and rewarding. The more language I learned, the more I could discover thousands of years of Chinese history and culture. Immersing myself completely in a new culture taught me to respect diversity. Despite differences between Chinese culture and my own, I gained an appreciation for the rich complexity of their traditions and values.

After some time in China, I wanted to continue volunteering. My most life-changing trips were to the XXXX orphanage outside of Beijing. Sunvillage is dedicated to the children of Chinese convicts and fights for their survival and development. The goal of the village is to education, rehabilitate, and raise the children into independent adults. The children were from an unfamiliar culture and I had to communicate exclusively in Chinese. Most of the children were mentally and physically abused before coming to Sunvillage. Some of the children had violent tendencies and tried to hurt themselves. Some ran away from the orphanage and repeated the fate of their parents. I often pondered questions about heredity, nature vs. nurture, and the power of family and love. Communicating with the children was also interesting and disheartening. I remember I foolishly asked one child “what are your dreams” and she did not answer, but rather just lower her head. Their world was completely different than mine and I did not know how to interact with them appropriately. I could see their psychological problems and knew I wanted to learn how to professional help them and the millions of other children who suffer mentally.

After years living in China, I met my American husband. In 2015, I began a new journey in my life and moved to the USA. Through the last year, I have been impressed by the ethnic, cultural, and diversity. I see a sparkling mosaic of the cultures that shared many values. I am currently enrolled in psychology classes at the College of XXXX. I am studying Developmental Psychology, Theories of Personality, and Abnormal Psychology. Abnormal Psychology is especially interesting to me. We had to conduct a case study and write a research paper on a specific personality disorder. Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) particularly fascinated me, and I spent hours in the library researching it. Through my volunteering experience, I have observed many children who exhibit BPD symptoms such as emotional instability, feelings of worthlessness, insecurity, impulsivity, and impaired social relationships. Most recently, I began volunteering as a counselor at the Crisis Text Line.  For teenagers and young adults who are in a crises situation it is much easier, convenient, and anonymous to text rather than call. Through training, I am learning how to help people with empathy, counseling, and active listening. 75% of the people I text with are under twenty-five years old and 10% are under thirteen. It is rewarding to know that I am helping people who are experiencing distress, depression, and loneliness.

Sample 1st Paragraph for the Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education

I am aware that early childhood education requires teachers with specific characteristics and skills to successfully engage young children in the learning process. Among the most important characteristics, in my view, are exceptional patience and determination, highly developed observational skills including an ability to interpret non-verbal signals, enthusiasm, an ability to empathise, the desire to develop potential in every child and, most importantly a genuine love of children.  After long consideration and much interaction with young children, I strongly believe that I possess the natural characteristics and now seek to acquire the skills and knowledge to supplement these to become an excellent, effective and caring teacher. Among Master’s Degree programs in Early Childhood Education, XXXX is my first choice for a variety of reasons in addition to the location, most of all the sheer excellence of your program.

Sample 1st Paragraph for Certificate Program Childhood Development

I am applying to your distinguished certificate program in childhood development because of my intense fascination with how children learn at very early ages, before kindergarten. I hope to put the tools that I will acquire in your program to work, teaching techniques that will help young children with autism to develop fine motor and gross motor along with social skills. I aim to come up with solutions by creating short and long term goals, observing, testing and teaching small children, collaborating with interdisciplinary staff, working constantly to decrease negative behaviors and reinforce positive learning. In 2004, I graduated from XXXX High School with my high school diploma. After high school, I attended XXXX College and received my Associate of Arts degree in Liberal Arts in July 2007. Immediately after, I had the opportunity of attending XXXX University where I graduated in 2010 with my Bachelors of Science in Child and Adolescent Development.

Sample 1st Paragraph for the Masters in Early Childhood Studies, Pakistani Raised in Hong Kong

My desire to earn my Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Studies at XXXX University is in some ways a result of experiences and feelings rooted in the challenges that I faced as a small child. I am a Pakistani girl who was brought up in Hong Kong where I was very distinctively part of a minority group and treated that way in school. The eldest of 6 siblings, in many ways, I was also deprived of most of what opportunity was available to me to learn and study since I was given the task as a child of being a principal caregiver along with my mother to all of my little brothers and sisters.

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The Heroines of Early Childhood Studies

There are a number of career options available to you when you study early childhood studies. You could go into early childhood education, becoming an expert educator; you could becoming a family support worker, a primary school teacher, a secondary school teacher or a social worker. You might also move into child psychotherapy, children´s nursing, counseling, educational psychology or speech and language therapy. Here are some inspiring women who are working in this area.

Shauna Tominey

Shauna Tominey is Associate Research Scientist at Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence and the director of early childhood programming and teacher education at the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence, an organization that conducts groundbreaking research on emotional skills and helps schools incorporate best practices to teach children emotional intelligence.

Tominey also directs the Preschool RULER Development Project, a collaborative program between the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence and Stamford's Childcare Learning Centers. The program strives to develop evidence-based initiatives that incorporate emotional education in the preschool classroom. To help fuel her evolving understanding of social skills, Tominey conducts research at the Yale Child Study Center, where she´s working on understanding how disadvantaged families teach their children about resilience.

Tominey's research focuses on creating and promoting stimulating learning environments by encouraging empathy and recognizing the importance of emotions for children and the key adults in their lives.

There has been a recent emphasis that has been placed on the importance of early childhood education. Tominey's body of work helps educators understand how they can truly take advantage of this essential period in childhood development and cultivate emotional skills that help young children turn into successful students.

Tominey holds two bachelor’s degrees from the University of Washington. She also has a master’s degree from Kansas State University, and a doctoral degree from Oregon State University. She has been an instructor at Oregon State University since for over half a decade.

Ellen DeVoe

Ellen DeVoe is Associate Professor and PhD Program Director of Social Work at Boston University. She is considered one of the most influential social workers alive today. DeVoe is recognized for her research on the study of violence exposure on children and her scholarly interest and practice includes domestic violence, sexual abuse, and intervention research with children and families exposed to violence.

DeVoe has also performed extensive studies on the impact of September 11. DeVoe is a certified social worker with the state of New York. She was awarded the Teaching Excellence honor from Boston University School of Social Work in 2008.

Sabrina Sullenberger

After around ten years of teaching at Indiana University, Sabrina Sullenberger joined the faculty at Belmont University. Sullenberger holds a PhD in Social Work from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with research interests in poverty and child welfare.

Sullenberger´s work has been published internationally, with areas of exploration in the scholarship of teaching and learning. She teaches social work by infusing service learning and hands-on assessment and believes in passing the torch of change in social service to her students.

Georgette Mulheir

A popular TED Speaker and pioneer for the movement to end child abuse imposed by orphanages, Georgette Mulheir works as the CEO of Lumos, a non-profit organization founded by JK Rowling.

Mulheir has dedicated the last twenty years to shift resources away from orphanages and toward family services, such as foster care and support.

Her focus is in Central and Eastern Europe, but her reach is international, and since the initiation of her work in Romania in 1993, over 200,000 children in orphanages were reduced to 20,000.

Stephanie Berzin

Associate Professor and Chair of the Children, Youth, and Families Concentration at Boston College Graduate School of Social Work, Stephanie Berzin is the co-director of the Center for Social Innovation, a division working to build evidence-based social preparedness and awareness.

Berzin’s scholarship centers toward research on the social sector and social innovation practice and her research has been published in various journals. In 2009, Berzin was awarded the Frank R. Breul Memorial Prize for her contribution in Social Service Review.

Ruby M. Gourdine

Recognized as one of the social work pioneers by the National Association of Social Workers, Ruby Gourdine is a professor at Howard University with research focus on child welfare, youth exposure to women´s issues, violence and social work history.

Gourdine is the Chair of Direct Sequence Practice at the School of Social Work at Howard. She offers expertise in the area of inequalities of service based on race in the workplace. Her advocacy, combined with her work experience, has given her the role of monitoring social work services for a variety of private agency programs and the DC public school system.

Florence Guinness Blake

Florence Guinness Blake has a reputation for contributing to the cause of nursing, especially, in the area of pediatric nursing. She is committed to the cause of graduate level nursing education, particularly for those who work with children. She wanted to go into nursing from an early age. She completed her Master of Science degree and became a nursing teacher.

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