I love teaching and learning. I work very hard to always try to improve everyone and everything around me. By this, I mean that I always offer my knowledge and skills to those with whom I interact and frequently go out of my way to help those who ask. Additionally, I learn through teaching and greatly enjoy helping others increase their skills, understanding, and knowledge of the world.
My background is varied. After high school, I joined the United States Marine Corps for 4 years. After training, I worked for 3 years as primarily a hazmat operator and trainer. I was also deployed to Iraq for a year during Operation Iraqi Freedom.
After the Marines, I moved to the San Antonio region to attend the University of Texas at San Antonio. There, I studied Psychology (major) and Business (minor) with Honors Coursework. I made it a point to attend supplemental instruction classes and help study/teach other students. I often arranged study groups, note or course work exchanges, and one-on-one work with other students. For my electives and core curriculum, I preferred to take challenging classes such as college algebra, bio 1 and 2, general chemistry 1, and honors lectures on advanced psychology processes and pathology. As a capstone, I structured, proposed, and wrote an undergraduate thesis finding a positive relation between test anxiety and trauma-related psychopathology symptoms. I truly enjoyed learning and working in my undergraduate career.
I then attended graduate school at the University of Central Florida studying Clinical Psychology. During my two years here, I studied advanced research methods, psychopathology, and evidenced-based therapy techniques. Here, I made it a point to type up my class notes to email to my cohort to help me and my fellow students learn. I also interned for 1.5 years doing psychological assessment, individual, and group counseling. Within 1 to 2 years, I hope obtain a license as a professional counselor and to continue my studies to a PhD in Counseling Psychology.
On a more personal note, I am excited to work at Varsity Tutors. I like to give back to all peoples and to my community. When I think about my life and my struggles, I know that some type of tutor would have been so helpful for me. I know that my education has helped improve both myself as a person and my quality of life, and I am happy for the opportunity to assist others with their learning and education.
The University of Texas at San Antonio - Bachelors, Psychology, Business Minor
University of Central Florida - Masters, Clinical Psychology