I was born and raised on Staten Island. I am currently a sophomore at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in the Macaulay Honors Program working towards a bachelor’s degree in Forensic Psychology. My original interest in forensic psychology was based on my passion for helping people; especially those convicted who are transitioning back into society. Now I am not so sure about which specific area of psychology I will go in to, but I am still focused on improving the lives of others.
I am currently completing an internship with the Staten Island Mental Health Society working with children affected by Hurricane Sandy. Many of the children are showing symptoms of PTSD, and others signs of ADHD and Autism. I have been working directly with a clinician to lead my group of twelve children through group therapy sessions, sports, and art activities. I am just exploring different areas of psychology to find what field of psychology I am most interested in.
I am excited to be a part of the New York Fellows Program to help better myself as I improve the communities I am a part of. The internships will assist me in networking with professionals in the field of psychology by exposing me to new areas of practice I might not have been aware of. I look forward to having a Mentor Coach and going to career workshops as a way to refine my interests and develop professional skills. The NY Fellows Program paired with my hard work and dedication will give me a head start toward my career goals.