I was born into a traditional Hispanic family in Puerto Rico, a territory of the United States. This conventional family pattern follows a patriarchal hierarchy in which the father is the head of the household and responsible for all major decisions for the family.
My father served the US Army where I had the opportunity to study in several schools during my early childhood. This allowed me to become fully bilingual. In elementary school, I studied in three different schools: Kindergarten in my home town, Naranjito, Puerto Rico; first grade in Fort Bragg, North Carolina; second grade in Fort Buchanan, Puerto Rico; and I returned to my local town of Naranjito to finish fourth to sixth grades. Later, my family settled in Naranjito, which provided me with an opportunity to continue my studies in middle and high school. I graduated from high school with a GPA of 3.30 and with 2,789 in the College Board. I completed my associate degree studies while attending full time. I completed my baccalaureate degree in Secretarial Sciences in 1996 while attending part-time at night at the University of Puerto Rico in Bayamon. As education has been a major goal in my life, I continued my pursuit for personal development by obtaining Master’s in Business Administration with a major in Human Resources while working full-time and raising a family as a single parent. I completed this two-year program within 18 months achieving a GPA of 3.71.
The demanding requirements of military life, adapting to different cultural values and various issues facing a single parent raising a family forged in intrinsic desire to seek after additional education, stability, and own development. These experiences continue to inspire me and provide the momentum toward broaden individual development, such as pursuing a law degree. I have found the strength to follow my own natural interests, set higher standards and achieve these goals. Even with the vicissitudes that life brings, I have not deterred from achieving my personal goals and thus become aware and determined to follow my vocation in the practice of law.
The idea of living in an unknown environment facing brand new challenges has always enticed me, especially when I had to relocate to Germany for three years, which was a life-changing experience. Now more than ever, we have many challenges and requirements to be able to perform responsibly in our society, professionally and for myself. I have grown spiritually, individually and skillfully in the last few years of my life.
Personal satisfaction also plays a key role in my career decision. True job satisfaction springs from the opportunity to grow and learn within an organization. I enjoy acquiring new skills and information, which help me to adapt to the fast-changing world. I currently volunteer for the Directorate of Human Resources on assisting written and verbal communication for an employee who is hard of hearing. I also volunteer for the Staff Judge Advocate as a...