Growing up on the south side of Chicago, I witnessed many of my peers and elders succumb to the negative influences that too often ripped apart the communities I resided in. From Woodlawn, to Chatham, to Morgan Park, I bore witness to the same recurring themes – drugs, crime, and death on a regular basis. I knew I had to fight for a better future for myself and my loved ones.
Awed by the expertise and unconditional enthusiasm of my high school chemistry and biology teachers, I have been inspired to pursue a master’s degree in chemistry. I want to conduct groundbreaking research on pharmaceutical manufacturing or human nutrition. I also want to create effective community-based health programs that will educate and nourish our communities and begin moving them in a healthier direction. I want to give back to my community and change lives the way my own has been changed. By being a member of the Alchemy Society at UIC, assuming leadership roles for the Native and African American support groups, and being an America Needs You (ANY) Fellow, I am constantly pushing myself and growing.
Under the guidance of ANY, I will be able to build a comprehensive foundation for my future success. This team of dedicated professionals will be a main ingredient in my personal and professional growth. By having a mentor and being prepared to exceed professional standards, I can begin to build my network and truly become the leader, innovator, and role model for my community that I aspire to be.