Since age 14, I have been diagnosed with bipolar II disorder. I was able to experience suicidal thoughts, angry, and sad emotions all within 15 minutes. I have been hospitalized, put in juvenile detention, and sent to all kinds of psychiatric/ behavioral professionals. I have met professionals who only cared about the paycheck coming out of it, only cared about pleasing the parents, only cared about prescribing medicine. But I have also met people who made me stop and think, wow, this person really does care if I do wrong, do right; lets me learn from my mistakes and let me know; hey, you’re not in this alone. These kinds of people are the ones who strived to make a difference in someone’s life, whether big or small. Those are the professionals that I strive to be in life. Helping someone who was like me when I was younger; jumbled emotions and feelings, knowing no one really can understand you. Helping them understand there IS someone rooting for you and someone who truly understands. I have a story to tell and I want to interpret that through listening and actually doing something about it. I plan on earning a Master’s in Social Work to go more in depth in the field and have many more opportunities available to me. My ultimate goal is to have a private therapy practice focusing more on the root of mental instabilities and solving problems through Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT).