Hodalis

Hodalis

I was born and raised as first generation Salvadorian American in Queens, New York by a strong, independent, single mother. I am a student at Queens College and my hard work and dedication to my studies has earned me a spot on the dean’s list for my first two semesters. I am working to graduate with a Bachelor’s degree in either Speech Pathology & Audiology or in Education. After obtaining my Bachelor’s, I dream on extending my education by obtaining a master’s degree.

Ever since I was 15-years old I knew that I wanted to be a speech pathologist after witnessing one at work in Miami Jackson Hospital. It has always been a passion of mine to help others, and I especially enjoy helping children. I started college with the intentions of majoring in speech pathology but, after taking introductory courses, and working at a childhood enrichment center, and at a summer camp, I began to notice my growing interest in education. As explore both career paths, I am certain that in either path I will fulfill my personal goal while doing something I love.

My goal is to help children succeed in life. It may be in a hospital helping them with their speech challenges or in a classroom helping they learn. I know I can reach my goals with the help of the America Needs You Fellowship Program. I hope to learn and develop multiple skills throughout the program that will help me succeed in the future. I know that with mentor coaches, internships, and Saturday workshops, America Needs You will help me achieve my goals so I can help others achieve theirs too.

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