Communication is essential in everyday life as we continuously interact with fellow peers, teachers, and loved ones.
Therefore, communication can be defined as the process of transferring information, meaning, and understanding from sender
to receiver. Yet, the main purpose of communication is to clearly understand the information being given. Furthermore, if
communication cannot be effectively understood by both the sender and the receiver, it can lead to a variety or problems such
as frustration and resentment.
My strength in communications is perceived in my confidence to verbally communicate with others. I came from a unique
high school, International Polytechnic High School, which emphasizes on international and global studies, project-based learning,
interdisciplinary course work, and team and communication skills. The intense and rigorous work I did during high school has
allowed me to become the effective communicator I am today. During my freshmen year of high school, I can vividly remember
going into my psychology class where we were assigned specific topics within a five member group. Additionally, we were given
only one hour to prepare for the presentation. During each presentation, we were critiqued by our peers and our teacher through
commendations and recommendations. Although I was given critical criticisms with my verbal communication, it has allowed me
to learn how to become a better communicator. Thus, I have been able to present with others through such comfort and confidence.
This can be reflected upon my numerous presentations I have performed among my peers, teachers, and family as I was often
praised for my competent verbal skills.
Furthermore, this quarter has been such a challenging and yet wonderful learning experience. I applied to the Summer
Academic Enrichment Program (SAEP), an intense five week summer program that teaches advanced research methodology, analytical,
and communication skills. There was 57 applicants with only twenty positions. The most critical component of admission into
the program is the interview process. During the interview, I felt very confident, perhaps overly confident. As a result,
I was put on the wait –list. I was devastated when I found out the results; however, I did not let this stop me from
learning how to become an effective communicator. I meet up with the interviewers and asked for my weaknesses during my interview.
I soon realized that I was physically too comfortable while verbally communicating. For instance, my posture leaned towards
them while conversing. Also, I lacked confidence in presenting to them what my specific future endeavors were. I truly believe
that in order for one to be successful in life, one must learn from their failures through critical criticism. Without failures,
we cannot become successful. As a result, I used the suggestions that I learned from the interviewers and applied them to
future interviews. For instance, I applied to numerous summer internships for GSE Abroad, Disneyland, and Health Insurance.
All of which I was offered a position. In addition, I have attended numerous networking conferences to meet professionals
with similar interests, who I still maintain a relationship with. Although I was disappointed in myself for not getting into
SAEP, the experience has allowed me to become a stronger communicator.
Even though communicating with others is easy for me, I am not as great when it comes to writing. I tend to cringe
at the very thought of it. I was even hesitant upon beginning this paper. Yet, I was able to finish this paper illustrating
that the goal is easily attainable. As mentioned in Fiedman’s article, “What Do You Mean I Can’t Write?”
the article emphasizes that to become a promotable executive, one must be able to write effectively. During high school I
easily wrote A papers, yet as soon as I entered UCI taking Humanities Core, I received my first C. I was shocked. I immediately
meet with my professor and asked her what I lacked. She told me I lacked the basic structures of writing--the ability to organize
and provide clarity. Therefore, I continuously worked with my professor to master these skills and I was able to get an A
by the end of the year. Although I know the criterion for an A paper, I still need to master the ability to write effectively.
Furthermore, I believe that the most critical part of communication is to clearly understand the information received.
For instance, I was a very accident prone, which is justified by the numerous scars I have on my body. Anyways, when I was
living in LA, I lived in a very steep hill. And since it was LA, I was only limited to rollerblading in front of my house
as well as my aunt’s house, which was next door. Yet, as kids we never seem to listen. So, I got up to the half way
point, rollerbladed down the hill, and got the nastiest bruises on my thighs. Therefore, I believe that understanding the
information given is significant for all college students [as well as children] to know in order to avoid emotional and physical
Twenty-first century organizations are known for their complex tasks and objectives. Therefore, it is not surprising
that diverse teams of different knowledge, skills, and attitudes are needed to make decisions. Yet, the more diverse a group
is, it is likely that there will be a greater conflict. Thus, it is absolutely crucial that anyone in hopes of becoming a
manager must learn how to understand different types of groups and how they function, and how to effectively lead.
As I have previously mentioned, I came from a unique high school which based its curriculum around group based projects.
Due to this constant exposure of working in groups, I believe that I am a superb dynamic team member who respects others’
unique beliefs and values. The ability to respect others can be reflected upon my high score in the assessment, “Are
You A Team Player?” The test assessed one’s ability to follow group norms while respecting the distinct
differences among others. These norms are essential since there are various interpersonal relationships involved, which creates
complexity for groups to achieve their goals. I find that whenever I am part of a group, I identify all of my group members’
differences, and learn to respect them. In return, they highly respect my individuality, values, and beliefs. My personal
experience upon the reciprocity of respect shared within the groups has allowed me to work in groups with high degree and
trust. As a result, I tend to follow the norms and standards of groups I work with by putting team goals ahead of my own.
Additionally, I can easily identify when a group member seems uncomfortable during meetings or is not saying anything. To
make them feel comfortable, I encourage them to raise any issues of concerns or any suggestions they might like to add. This
encouragement allows members of a group to work in a supportive atmosphere and decreases the chance of any conflict. Thus,
it is vital for a group to work in harmony in order to achieve a group’s specified goals.
Though I display a high level of regard among the different beliefs and values of each of my group members, I tend
to suffer from the pressures of conformity, also known as groupthink. Groupthink is a mode of thinking in which agreement
among members of a group become so dominant, that it prevails over other alternatives. This mode of thinking proves to be
dangerous since I tend to rationalize that a specified choice is perfect and mindguard any possible alternatives that may
conflict with the specified course of action. Since I have identified that pressures of conformity is detrimental to a group’s
success, I can easily overcome groupthink by encouraging each member to critically evaluate the proposals and to provide more
suggestions. Therefore, the openness to express differences of opinions and being receptive to novel approaches can minimize
any groupthink tendencies.
Self-management analyzes one’s ability to manage their own behavior by prioritizing one’s time, assessing
one’s work ethic, understanding ethical issues, and having a tolerance for ambiguity.
Throughout my life I have consistently shown effective time management skills, a high level of high work ethic, and
a clear understanding of ethical issues. Living in a Westernized society where everything is sequential like a river, I find
it imperative to keep track of my daily appointments through a planner. This quarter has been by far the most challenging
in being a researcher, undergraduate teacher’s aide, and a student. The duties and responsibilities held by each role
is challenging in itself, but learning to balance it proves to be a daily test for myself. However, I still manage to meet
all my expectations. Thus, I have learned that time management is necessary in meeting all my daily goals by putting “first
things first.” The notion “first things first” is one that I live by and emphasizes the listing of daily
goals from urgent to the least urgent. For instance, whenever I have a test the following day, I ensure that I first review
my lecture notes and reading materials; catch up on reading from other classes; and still make time to work out. I strongly
believe that the ability to meet daily activities, or short term goals, can lead to the ability to meet long-term goals. For
instance, I intend to go to graduate school. In doing so, I must do well in all my classes as an undergraduate by prioritizing
my time to study for tests and catching up on reading. Therefore, the capacity to manage my time is needed in accomplishing
my short and long term goals.
Another necessity to becoming an effective self-manager, is the ability to have a high work ethic. The “Work
Ethic” test measures one’s level of work ethic. This particular inventory allows one to examine their
self motivation. As illustrated on the test, I have a high work ethic. To many, I am perceived as a perfectionist. Due this
perception, I have been able to do well academically and achieve all my goals. Thus, I have taken pride in striving to do
well in everything. Also, it has made me attentive to minor details. Although perfectionism provides me with the ability to
accomplish tasks in such high regard, I find it difficult to be fully satisfied. As I mentioned earlier in the communications
component of this paper, I have often asked peers, loved ones, and professionals to provide me feedback. Also, I fear on novel
experiences because risks are not guaranteed to perfection. Therefore, having high standards in all my daily rituals can result
to an overall dissatisfaction. Thus, I must learn that I am only human and that no one is perfect, and that even Superman
had his flaws. As cliché as that sounds, it is something I must learn to override and hopefully I can be fully satisfied with
A significant factor in self-management is one’s ethic. Ethics provides businesses with a framework for managers
to operate their firms efficiently. The ability to have a strong ethical foundation is imperative as we live in a global economy
with cultural differences. I have little tolerance for any business with low levels of ethics. For example, I was offered
a six month internship to work at Disneyland. Disney’s college program originated in Florida’s Disneyworld, and
was brought to Disneyland at the beginning of last year. I was instantly thrilled when Disney hired me. Yet, after mentioning
this program to my mentor, he brought up the Disneyworld intern controversy. The Disney intern college program provides students
with the ability to work as a cast member for 28-33 hours a week, while being compensated for a small salary. Also, admission
into the college program allows students to take college credit classes. Although this may seem like a promising program,
many critics point out that Disney uses college students to get younger employers and to get of senior employees. Additionally,
students within the Disneyworld college program are notoriously known for their high rates of drop out. Consequently, the
ethical dilemmas that rose from Disney had altered my choice in not becoming a part of the program. As a result, I would never
work with a company that had ethical issues that did not coincide with my own beliefs and values.
Even though I can successfully prioritize my time, have a high work ethic, and have a fair understanding of ethical
issues. However, I lack the ability to have tolerance for ambiguity as shown in the “Tolerance of Ambiguity”
assessment. Having a tolerance of ambiguity is significant within a business organization. In order for an organization to
be successful, one must have a tolerance of ambiguity to be flexible, innovative, and dynamic. Yet, I lack these skills because
I love the comfort of having everything guaranteed. This is displayed as I accomplish specific tasks during precise times.
Furthermore, this allows me to get many tasks done throughout the day. Yet, I tend to ignore possible surprises that may occur
during the day. As a result, I am left with dissatisfaction in not meeting all of my goals. I now recognize that I need to
be more flexible and realize that life is not guaranteed because if it was, we would all be bored. Flexibility allows one
to be innovative, a challenge that I can learn to grasp.
We often think of leadership as the head CEOs, yet being an effective leadership can be displayed through all levels
within an organization. To become an effective leader, one must be able to exert their power effectively to implement the
organization’s goals, while motivating people to do their tasks. Thus, the balance of maintaining these components proves
that leadership is a challenging position.
I firmly believe that I am a great team member, but an even better leader. French and Raven’s “Personal
Power Profile,” examines one’s power or the ability to exert influence among others. After taking the
test, I that I use the reward power most often. Reward power rests on the belief that a manager must give others a reward
through some type of compensation such as promotions, benefits or time off. This compensation system encourages employers
to work. When reflecting upon my leadership styles during the course of my high school, I can see where I used the reward
power. During group meetings, I would reward group members for meeting specified goals by taking a fifteen minute break. Although
this is a great way to motivate others, I realize that the system can backfire. This is often shown as group members divert
their attention from their responsibilities and duties to the rewards they may attain for getting it.
Although I have mentioned that effective leaders are ones that can motivate effectively, it is crucial that leaders
learn to manage human relationships. Today, organizational leaders are often exposed to a global environment with cultural
diversity. Thus, sensitivity to cultural diversity provides leaders with challenges as well as opportunities. The “Global
Readiness Index” assesses one’s ability to be culturally sensitive. I received a high score in my ability
to be receptive among the various cultural differences and the ability to work effectively across all cultures. This is true
as I was put into a situation where I was in a group of two other Filipinos and one Caucasian. I immediately knew that my
Caucasian group member was uncomfortable with the arrangements. However, her different ethnicity did not stop me from learning
about her culture. I soon learned to respect her values and beliefs as we began to work more closely together, and more importantly
effectively. By learning how to be culturally sensitive, I have learned how to manage effectively. This is furthermore displayed
in McGregor’s self-fulfilling prophecy of Theory X, or the assumption that people inherently want to do well, and will
do so using creativity in the workforce. Even though I may show a high respect to other cultures, I lack global experience.
Being adaptive to the characteristics of other cultures is needed to be globally competitive. To solve this, I intend to study
abroad one semester in Europe and to learn more about their unique cultural values and beliefs.
Conceptual skills encompass a variety of components such as creativity, problem solving and critical thinking, and
decision making. Hence, conceptual skills are necessary for all individuals to grow regardless if their managers or not.
I have been blessed with the talent of being creative. Creativity is needed in order for managers to maintain a successful
business. According to Ettlie and O’Keefe’s ”Innovative Attitude”test, I scored upon
the top quartile. While applying for UCI’s Peer Educator Program for the upcoming year, I was asked to think of a creative
way to get my group members to learn my information. I instantly thought of a creative activity based on Mike Deblieux’s
“Do Tell Training Model,” which implements the importance of effective communication skills and the understanding
of the information. Therefore, I applied the model to a simple task such as teaching someone how to put a cell phone on silent.
In doing so, I used the model by performing the action, verbally instructing, and then allowing the other to perform the task.
This model allows both the sender and receiver to mutually interact with one another for a common goal – to clearly
understand the information being sent. Thus, I was able to think of a creative activity.
Additionally, I am a keen problem solver. I can assess a problem at hand and analyze the problem needed to fix it.
Therefore, I am a proficient systematic thinker who analyzes things in a logical sequence. Through each step, I am able to
collect and analyze information. I know when to use my intuition and not rely on all my decisions due to it. However, I tend
to overly analyze too much. By being too critical, I am often fixated on problems which disables me from getting the task
at hand solved. Consequently, I am often indecisive. Even though I am a great problem solver, I am not a great problem seeker.
A problem seeker refers to an individual who can proactively fix a problem. Thus, I overly analyze things that results in
indecision to get anything done.
Professionalism refers to one’s capability to be presented in a positive and managerial impression. Although
this is a subjective topic, I believe that I am a regarded as a highly self-empowered individual. This is perceived through
my continuous networking with professionals among the field of industrial organizational psychology. I have attended numerous
conferences and meetings such as Professionals In Human Resources Association monthly meetings and the Claremont Graduate
University Panel. Also, I have undergone a variety of interviews which has allowed me to gain insight on my strengths and
weaknesses. The ability to recognize my faults has allowed me professionally grow. Thus, I perceive the world as a large buffet,
we need to pick and choose what our real passion is in order to become satisfied.
Professionalism comes with time through numerous critiques with fellow professionals. I recognize that although I
may be an exemplary professional in comparison to my peers, I still have a lot to learn. Professionalism comes with time,
and how one approaches and learns from opportunities will shape one’s future success.
I entered UCI in high hopes of becoming a clinical psychologist. During my senior year of high school, I did research
on autism. I instantly grew in love with autism, or so I thought. In the start of the school year I did an internship in the
Pyramid Autism Center, but I soon realized it was not my true passion. Rather, it was a safeguard since I was knowledgeable
about it. Since I tend to over analyze my life consistently, I vowed to myself that I would pursue a career that I was truly
infatuated with. In my quest to find a career, I was thrilled to learn that the career center held a psychology panel that
consisted of: a school psychologist, clinical psychologist, music therapist, and an industrial organizational psychologist.
After the meeting, I introduced myself to the industrial psychologist. After conversing with her, I immediately became interested
in her field and talked to her for an hour. I soon learned what industrial organizational psychology is. Industrial organizational
psychologists are interested in making organizations more productivity while ensuring workers are given a satisfied environment.
I was fortunate enough to remember that a faculty member was in a pursuit for a doctorate degree in industrial organizational
psychology. Thus, I immediately contacted him and now I am doing a literature review examining organizational leadership.
Organizational leadership examines how leaders affect the business environment.
With this great epiphany, I sought numerous conferences and programs that would further my career goals. As mentioned
earlier, I attended the Professionals in Human Resources Association monthly conference, the Claremont Graduate University
Panel. Also, I have attended the UCI Social Sciences Alumni luncheon. Furthermore, I was offered a position to become a Peer
Educator next year where I hold workshops that provide psychoeducational services to the UCI student body. This program will
allow me to gain more skills in being an effective team member as well as leader. Also, as previously stated, although I did
not receive admission into the Summer Academic Enrichment Program, I have sought for a variety of summer internships. I have
been offered a position for the GSE Abroad Program and the Disney College Program. However, I do intend to reapply for the
Summer Academic Enrichment Program next summer. Additionally, I have applied for the Target College Internship program, and
will have an interview later this week. Thus, I intend to do a summer internship that will hone my professional skills to
further my career goals in becoming an industrial organizational psychologist.
In the course of my undergraduate experience, I aspire to meet my professional goals. In doing so, I will be double
majoring in psychology and sociology with a minor in management. By receiving a double major and minor, I believe it will
provide me the best preparation into graduate school. However, this will further my undergraduate experience by an extra year.
Also, I am planning to continue my research since research allows one to gain a one-on-one interaction with a distinguished
faculty, develop skills and knowledge needed for one’s career goals, and applies research methods into real-world applications.
In addition, I plan to do numerous business internships that will allow me to take charge of my learning and add meaning to
my academic study through real world situations. Furthermore, I want to go abroad for a summer which will allow me to constantly
challenge myself in exciting ways while gaining a new form of independence. Double majoring and minoring, researching, interning,
and going abroad will allow me to be a great candidate for my dream school: Claremont Graduate University. Claremont’s
industrial organizational program trains students to use psychological and organizational theory and research to improve the
organization and employees. By meeting all of these goals, it will allow me to a highly competitive applicant into the business