Communication and Learning
Communication is the most pivotal aspect of my life. Growing up, my family has never openly talked about mental health. As a result, I have struggled with connecting to others because of anxiety and social pressure. However, seeing my parents being affected by transgenerational trauma, I quickly learned to talk about sensitive experiences with my parents and my friends. In a way, I actively tried (and try) to surround myself with individuals who have a variety of opinions and unique perspectives. Through hearing more viewpoints and experiences, I have more ways to overcome challenges and a deeper understanding of my own personal beliefs. To be able to process and assess my own feelings, through talking to others, has led me to being more confident and compassionate.
Additionally, learning how to communicate effectively has enabled me to achieve my goals more easily. For instance, my ability to communicate fluidly lead me to being a more persuasive sales employee at an optical store. A substantial part of my duties involved interacting with customers. Therefore, I had to be actively listening and understanding of their needs. Overtime, I have become a more profound communicator, yet I continue to work on my skills to achieve growth.