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All about me

My name is Brooklyn Evans, and I am a mother, student and passionate gymnastics coach working with children aged 3 –18 years old. I am a studying for a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. I enjoy psychology because I have always been interested in psychology, I enjoy studying the "Why?" of people's behaviour. On completion of my psychology bachelor of arts, I plan to continue working with children. I am planning to continue my studies in the field of social work, working in the area of family counseling or continuing my education by completing a certificate in applied behavioural analysis and working with children with problem behaviours. Distance education through Athabasca University works best for me because I just had a baby, who was born on December 25th. My sons name is Brysen, and he is now seven weeks old, and he is the most wonderful little person. He is already rolling from belly to back and beginning to smile more every day. He is really coming into his little personality now. Brysen is my first child, and I am very much enjoying being a parent. Prior to having Brysen, I was coaching gymnastics because I just love working with children as they are lots of fun and teach you new things every day. Gymnastics was also a passion of mine as a child, and it is such good exercise, so I love sharing this experience with the various ages I work with. I have a strong passion for all the things I do in life, and all of these things I do and experience as a mother, student and worker make me the person I am today.

My experiences with culture

Culture is defined by a person’s language, beliefs, and values (Zimmerman, 2015).  As for my cultural beliefs and values, I consider myself pretty multicultural. I have experienced a lot of different cultures and I believe that they have an impact on how I experience my own culture. I believe culture to be very subjective. It is all about how an individual perceives the world around them. My experiences with Indigenous culture and Dominican culture have been the strongest influences on my worldview. Through my experiences in the city and building houses in the mountains of San Jose de Ocoa, Dominican Republic, I realized that these people are very accepting and inviting. My classmates and I went through hospitals, soup kitchens and schools at each location, and the locals were very accepting of us being there by teaching us their language and inviting us into their living space. In addition to this I have had experiences on an Indigenous reserve in Kyuoquot, British Columbia. The drum has cultural value to Indigenous people, and prior to going to this reserve, we got to experience making drums as something to offer our Indigenous friends. They then used these drums to welcome us in song and dance, along with a huge feast. The people on the reserve and in the city of Ocoa both were living in very poor conditions, but the people still welcomed us and offered us everything they could. This helped me to see how much I should appreciate all that I have, to find appreciation and happiness in the little things in life and to be accepting of everyone regardless of their differences. My experiences with both these places have helped me have an open mind to my own culture and to have a multicultural view on most situations I experience.

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Brooklyn, you sound like a very determined individual with a passion for family and community, and you have a Christmas baby! I couldn’t agree with you more: psychology is an amazing way to understand and help the people around us.Working with children can be very challenging at the best of time, and it takes a very patient individual to be able to work with children with behavioural disabilities. Travelling to different communities, such as the Dominican and indigenous communities, is a great way to become open-minded and understand both individual and community differences. Not to mention, travelling can be a very eye-opening experience that can make a person feel very grateful to be Canadian. Your combined experiences as a gymnastics teacher, volunteer, mother, and student, sound like a great combination that will help any children you work with.

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