Reflection: This assignment has allowed me to sit down and really think about what I consider to be my strengths. At the same time it has also allowed me to recognized my weaknesses and in the process I came up with solutions to how I can improve myself. There is always room for improvement and I have learned to recognize that. The Skills mentioned below are what I feel sets me apart from other people.

Description: Five of my strongest skills are: teaching, adjusting, performing, organizing and talking to people. The purpose of this assignment is to reflect on our strongest skills and decribe how they fit our personality.

  1. Teaching is what I consider to be my #1 skill. It is my skill because it is my passion. I feel like I have the ability to simplify complex material and turn it into a way that is fun to learn. I currently teach Filipino American History and Identity to 9th-12th graders at Balboa High School in the Excelsior District. The reason why I feel like I am good at it is because I can draw connections to the subject and their personal lives. It is where I feel like I actually make a difference in the world.
  2. Adjusting is something that I learned to do when I moved to San Francisco. I was raised in Los Angeles and when I moved up North for college I had to start a brand new life by myself. I don't have any family out here, so I basically had to learn how to live on my own. I learned how to take care of myself when I am sick and learned how to be independent.
  3. Performing is another skill of mine. Ever since I was younger I have always been performing. I find comfort and joy being on stage. At the age of eight I started doing some small acting at my church festivals. Then, I joined choir in the 5th grade and stuck to it even until college where I have been apart of the SF State Gospel Choir. In the Fall of 2009 I took a Theater Audition class where I was critiqued on my acting and taught better methods to perform.
  4. Organizing is something that was forced upon me when I was younger and is something that stuck with me until the age of 21. I used to dread it when my aunt would make me clean the house and make sure all my stuff was tidy and organized, but it really benefited me once I moved to college. Being organized gives me peace of mind and it allows me think in an organized matter also.
  5. I have always loved talking to people because I love getting to know others- even if I have no idea who you are. I get this from my mother because no matter who she was around, everyone loved to be around her. She was very personable. Early in my years, I learned that talking to people benefits you so much. By talking to people, I've learned to build relationships and have even been able to make great friends. Talking to people can also benefit you in times of need. I have learned that sometimes in order to get what you want, it's not necessarily what you know, but who you know.

My experience in taking Liberal Studies has definitely been very challenging for me, but I truly believe that the ways I was pushed to challenge myself allowed me to be a stronger student academically. For instance, I absolutely dreaded the Disciplinary Research Project, but in order for me to continue in the field of research I had to learn how to do it someday. This is the only class that did not let my mistakes go unnoticed, but it was always for my own benefit. Through that assignment, I was exposed to what it meant to do real in -depth research. This class also allowed me to explore my future. Up until this class, I never really understood what I really wanted to do in life. But because of assignments like the Intellectual Autobiography and the eFolio, I really forced myself to sit down and think about what I can do to make a difference in the world. Altogether, I loved this class really enjoyed everything I go out of it!