As a student, working full-time, creating a small business, serving volunteer, and nurturing relationships with families and friends, it is overwhelming to experience God in my growth. I am searching new experiences through job opportunities, volunteer hours, grieving through failure, and blessing success. The best way to approach potential career goals comes from an internal perspective: What inspired me to pursue my passion?
The career goals I make are realistic and ambitious because if I do not try to be ambitious, I will not know if I could have done more than the realistic. In the aspect of fear, the word quitter comes to mind. In the vision of joy, the word faithful comes to mind. I want to change the world for the better to not be hesitant to talk about intellectual disabilities, but bring desire to learn about intellectual disabilities so we, as the world, can further their opportunities and understandings. My career goals steam through pursuing an education that thrives in teaching, whether I become a Special Education teacher, Applied Behavioral Analyst or Behavioral Therapist. I could thrive in pursuit of becoming creative with my small business as a published author & illustrator of the book, “Why Is He Doing That?” educating and uplifting children about autism awareness as an advocate. It could turn into becoming a physical therapist and building a studio to allow dancing and creativity for individuals with intellectual disabilities, experiencing challenge and joy. The greater challenge of serving in special needs ministry is the be creative with glorifying the Lord the way the individuals with intellectual disabilities perceives the world is incredibly challenging. The real target is that I do not want to just pursue one potential realistic goal, but thrive in potential ambitious goals.
The steps to succeed in these goals is to take the necessary actions to the requirements of education, internships, and experience to know the inspiration. The most relevant aspirations to my passion for serving in special needs is the desire to study Psychology major over an Education major. The ruling of special needs is through physical, mental, and/or emotional difference for each individual. The individual with an intellectual disability is diagnosed by birth or caused in the future diagnosis. The chances of studying more how the mind develops and works is a greater purpose to understanding behavior, even though I would learn more about teaching in a special education class. The choice was made carefully knowing what I study will still glorify God.
The most relevant aspirations in specifics to areas and subfields are close to Basic Research, Applied Research, and Community. The basic research is the addition to the knowledge base in the field, which is closest to an ABA and Behavioral Therapist. The Applied Research, which solves practical problems, used in business and schools, is a position for Human Resources through behavioral therapist and small business owner. The Community, which is a social cultural aspect of how an individual affects society is applied to special needs ministry, special education, ABA, and Behavioral Therapist. The community is for my ambitious goals to open a dance studio and help families through therapy when a child is diagnosed with an intellectual disability.
The way psychology is intertwined with growth in faith is by prayer and petition. The built relationships through your career is more about improvements than the financial stability. The way my understanding of Gods creation through serving individuals in special needs is not by helping them discover their abilities, but thriving in their disabilities, which is a beautiful gift the world has not grasped as a concept to further the world. God has created His Kingdom in mysterious ways and I believe that disabilities have a greater ability to our world than how a typical person is created. It is by studying psychology that will help them realize how their lives are working differently than many other people, leading them to joy internally and externally. The real target is that I do not want to just pursue one potential realistic goal, but thrive in potential ambitious goals. I want the same exact goal for the people I serve to.
Joyfully, Rachael M Cuellar