I watched her body get dragged down the two flights of stairs. I screamed, “STOP,” but my cries went unanswered. He continuously swung and hit her. In shock, I watched my mom pick herself off the floor with a bloody face. Her nose and mouth were bleeding continuously and her face was swollen as if she had an allergic reaction. For hours and hours, I listened to my parents curse and yell at each other like teenagers. Screams lingered through what once felt like home, but now felt cold and damaged. I locked myself in my room leaving my Aunt and siblings to deal with the situation. I never thought in a million years I would be a witness of domestic violence. Watching my dad and mom fight like they didn’t share a family, children, or love for one another, I felt empty and cold. I had never experienced anything like it before; I was confused. As I tuned the loudness and chaos out, I thought of those who experience this on a daily basis. Those surrounded by the fear, the rage, the cries, the hurt, and the abuse every day. In this moment I knew what I wanted to do with the rest of my life.
I’ve always enjoyed helping others. Whether it was staying after school to assist a teacher cleaning a class, running errands for my grandparents, or simply giving a friend advice. But in my moment of shock and sadness, I realized that people go through stressful challenges, such as domestic violence, death, divorce, and a laundry list of other vices, every day. What better way to assist than through social work or psychiatry.
Clark Atlanta has an exceptional Department of Psychology which specializes in educating students planning for professional careers in psychology, social work, and special education services. Clark offers an internship course which allows hands on experience. This is essential for me because it is one of the many ways I learn best. Attending Clark Atlanta University would allow me the opportunity to study psychology while working with an agency to gain experience, with the added bonus of getting to observe professionals in my chosen field of study. Not only do I want to be in a healthy learning environment, but I also want be in an environment that is healthy overall. Clark offers many activities that will help me stay grounded and the competitiveness of students would highly motivate me to excel academically. Graduating from Clark Atlanta University would help me fulfill my life long need to help others. I would be able to gain the proper knowledge and skills to gain my Bachelor’s degree and prepare me for medical school. I have no doubt that my Clark Atlanta education would get me to my ultimate goal of becoming a professional and licensed Psychiatrist. So that those people who suffer from pain, sadness, and angry can get the guidance and assistance they need to continue on. So that a young girl won’t have to witness the traumatic sight of seeing her family fall apart.