Her appreciation for the literature, music and visual arts must have made a tremendous impact on me as my love for these subjects and academia grew passionately stronger.
All the while, the dull aching of my father's rejection still plagued me. Because the rejection started at an early age, I could not understand it and as a child, I took his lack of attention and busyness personally. But my new family contributed to the self-esteem and security that slowly developed within me and this helped me to find the balance I needed to seek therapy and deal with the rejection that I felt. It was not an easy process and with heart-touching memories, it took many years to process through until I could finally see the through eyes of my father--an extremely preoccupied single man struggling to do what he knew in order to provide for five children. Looking back, I am thankful for my past as it has made me stronger and able to pursue the dreams I have envisioned for so long.
Upon graduation from the Liberal Arts College with a Bachelor's of Science degree in Psychology, I pursued course work in women's studies at Columbia University and the University of Amsterdam. Then I moved from colorful Amsterdam in 2003 and worked with a DC economic development organization, National Capital Revitalization Corporation (NCRC). The company
combined their talents with national and local real estate developers, leading financial institutions, and strong civic leaders. With such a force they were able to strengthen and rebuild the economic fiber of the DC neighborhoods. Through these partnerships, NCRC converted land into mixed-use development, produced affordable housing options for moderate-and low-income households, built retail centers, created jobs for city residents, increased tax revenue, and expanded business opportunities for local small businesses. A great achievement of mine during this time was that I helped develop a program that spurs economic development in Southern part of Morocco focusing on small women owned businesses and literacy. Although Morocco is not a third world country the nomadic Southern Berber area is still lagging behind the major cities. Even though education in Morocco is free and compulsory through primary school (age 15), nevertheless, many children --particularly girls in rural areas-- still do not attend school. The country's illiteracy rate has been stuck at around 50% for some years but reaches as high as 90% among girls in rural regions.
I wish to pursue a degree in Liberal Studies because the field encourages critical thinking. Critical thinking is used in all types of jobs and careers. A degree in this filed with a focus on international women's issues will help broaden my mind, allowing acceptance of others and of situations. Being knowledgeable on a number of topics allows me to think more openly and globally which ties into the technological and global world in which we live and in which business is conducted. It seems that employers would select those in liberal studies because of the advantages such as more confidence in speaking, communicating, organizational skills, writing skills, etc.
Semenuk (1998) states, "The major prepares one to do anything any other liberal arts major does but with deeper insight into issues of oppression and celebration of women. Hopefully, this insight carries over into important issues of other groups -- making one more sensitive and therefore more prepared