I was born and raised in the Gage Park neighborhood of Chicago. My parents lacked the opportunity to attain a high school diploma. As immigrants in the United States, they encountered many hardships due to this lack of education. Aiming to improve the future of their children, my parents work hard to unconditionally support the education of me and my siblings. I am currently attending the University of Illinois at Chicago as an Honors College student working towards a degree in psychology and a minor in sociology. After I complete my bachelor’s degree in psychology, I plan to continue my masters in social work.
I am driven to pursue a career as a social worker because many minorities in the Chicagoland area lack access to healthcare. Additionally, a language barrier within the Hispanic immigrant community can limit access to education, family, and health services. My ability to speak English and Spanish fluently and my desire to help my community have led me to aspire to become a health care social worker. As a social worker, I will be able to ensure that minorities receive equal and necessary access to healthcare.
As a first-generation student, I am very fortunate to be part of ANY where I will receive intensive mentoring and professional development workshops. I am confident that ANY will help me uncover my true potential through personal and professional development.