The name is Takesha Lashawn Proctor. I am an African American. African Americans have a very long and rather rich ethnic history characterized by certain points of ups and downs. As of the latest consensus conducted in the United States, it appears that African Americans comprise roughly 14.1 percent of the total U.S. population. This actually means there are a lot of people who has the same ethnic origin as me living in the U.S.
I am proud to be an African American. I am more than aware that issues of racial discrimination and injustices are still present and in some cases, rampant in some, if not most, areas in the U.S. and other parts of the globe. I believe that those dark ages are already over. We can only see them in history and biography books that date back several decades and even centuries ago. Life as an African American has always been better than ever, at least for me and my family. My family and I live a normal and happy life and I think that is another thing I should be proud of.
As a female, I know that I have a unique role and purpose to fulfill in this society. I also have a set of personal goals which I am eager to fulfill and willing to work hard for. I always make myself available to social and cultural group gatherings because I know for a fact and based on experience as well, that I can pick up positive behaviors, beliefs, values and attitudes both from the previous and present generation. Overall, I can say that spending time with other people not only with those who have similar cultural origins with me but also with those who came from other ethnic groups or cultures helped shape the Takesha that my family and friends know of today.
One of the social groups I highly prioritize is my Baptist Church social group. More than 75% of African Americans in the U.S. are Protestants and I think I belong to that 75%. I have experienced dramatic changes in terms of making decisions and on myself since I first joined gatherings from my Baptist Church group. I personally think that that is a good sign to continue investing time and effort in being a part of such gatherings and programs, whenever there are any.
I have been a member of the Healthy Teen Alliance since 1994. I am a very health-conscious person. I am actually well updated with current trends in health, medicine, and lifestyle. For me, health is one of the things that no one could ever take from you besides your knowledge. Being healthy cannot really be compared with having a pot full of gold. And if I were to choose, I would rather choose being healthy for the rest of my life over any amount of wealth in this planet.
I have been into different types of job in the past. I have a rich job experience as a Clinical Nursing Assistant and Clinical Medical Assistant in some of the most credible medical centers around our town. I certainly have learned a lot of things working as one and I can say that it’s somewhat all about experience. I have experienced being a part of a medical team that handles simple to complex medical cases. However, I still find myself lacking one of the most important things in the field that I have chosen—an educational certificate and a diploma.
I am a mother of two children. Now, others may see that as a handicap considering that I work as a CMA in one of the busiest medical centers in town. The opposite goes for me. I actually find my two kids as a source of inspiration. They are the ones that motivate me to keep on reaching my goals no matter how hard they may be. I do not think I will be able to handle the responsibilities and stress that I usually encounter without those two gems. They are my treasures. But truth be told, there are indeed disadvantages that come along with having two children and tons of responsibilities at the same time. First would be the time constraint. I need to carefully manage my time so that both my kids and my career and studies get an equal share of time or so that none of my responsibilities get neglected.
I am actually planning to pursue a degree in Nursing and earn my diploma. I am planning to study at Temple College because I think the quality of education and facilities are up to par with the current state standards. I really think that this is the right path for me and my kids because this would surely open new doors of opportunities for my career as a skilled medical professional. This is actually one of my highest priority aspirations.
I live in a two story medium-sized brick house with five cars. I do not see anything unusual with the way how I handle things, eat foods, make decisions, and my habits. I am just a simple person and I just want a normal life. I do not see myself as too great of a person because that actually conflicts my dream of having a simple and normal life.