This is an end to a chapter in my life but it is also a key for a new one! This studying journey has ended only to open new doors and opportunities for me. It was also a great way to create a community of people from different parts of the world; to discuss issues with and to learn from.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank my colleagues, Dr. Darragh Ernst, and all my other professors for their support. The feedback, comments, and the interactions we had helped me understand a lot and helped me become the person I am today. I appreciate my colleagues’ and professors’ understanding of different issues. For example, when we all started sharing our biases, no one was judging. We all expressed and discussed in a respectful manner.
I really cannot believe that this program is over, it wasn’t too long ago that I started reading the APA manual. It felt so hard and I was overwhelmed by the amount of information and instructions. I couldn’t navigate through the blackboard and all the assignments, but eventually, I did. I learned that we are all able to learn something new. All we need is practice, reading, and persistence. There is nothing we cannot do; nothing is impossible if you are determined!
As many of you already know, I majored in Graphic Design and worked at it for years. I had a change in heart and ventured into education. The degree at Walden really helped me in improving my skills as an educator. It also taught me how to become an advocate and a voice for children. Just like it’s stated on the website, a master’s in early childhood studies, really helped me “gain a deeper understanding of how to help prepare young minds through study and experience” (Walden University, n.d.).
I gained a lot of knowledge and perspective with regards to diversity and children. Diversity is more than just people with different colors who speak different languages. Children are individuals that need to be given a great deal of attention but also we should not think of them individually. Their families and their environments should be considered part of them and their development.
My goal is to become the advocate I dream of becoming every day. I always say I want to make education better in my country, I want all children to have access to proper education and proper healthcare.
This week was an amazing one for so many reasons:
-I submitted my final paper (a milestone)
-Saudi Arabia appointed its first Saudi female ambassador (another milestone, but on a national level)
-It was my birthday
-I achieved so much at work the past week
All of those great things gave me hope that we can and we will be able to make a difference in the world for our children.
I really do hope that all of our goals become true and that we all overcome our challenges. We are all advocates for children and with our determination, we can help them and their families.
Thank you again and I really hope that our paths cross and we get to meet one day.
Walden University. (n.d.). MS in Early Childhood Studies. Retrieved from https://www.waldenu.edu/online-masters-programs/ms-in-early-childhood-studies