Growing up in Brownsville, Brooklyn, an under-resourced neighborhood in New York City, I was exposed to many challenging aspects of our society at an early age. Despite the perceived limitations of my upbringing, I was able to graduate high school with honorable awards and go on to attend Lehman College where I am currently pursuing my dreams of becoming a Nurse.
My passion for nursing is one that I acquired through first-hand experience with a health crisis in my family. Having a sister who is schizophrenic and a nephew who is asthmatic helped me realize my passion for caregiving through the satisfaction I received from aiding them. I have been able to translate that desire to help people beyond my studies and into my pre-professional endeavors as I currently work as caregiver for children. Additionally, I am now preparing to gain my certification in CPR/First Aid instruction. With these credentials I intend on working closely with parents to help them independently care for their children.
As a first-generation college student, and immigrant from Jamaica, I have often felt that I did not have the support system in place to help me realize my goals. During my next two years in America Needs You, I hope to receive support to graduate college on time and to gain the professional resources needed to succeed in my field.