Being the eldest of three sisters, it was always paramount for me to be a trailblazer. The values and morals instilled in me while growing up in Jamaica made the transition to New York City run smoothly. Knowing what was expected of me, I had to prioritize. Education is a priority. Currently, my undergraduate studies are at Lehman College, where I am a full time pre-med student pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree.
My first clinical experience helped me determine my career goals. I worked with ailing individuals at the Jewish Home Life Care, a nursing home in the Bronx. For two years I saw the effects of Alzheimer’s disease and other organic brain disorders on the residents. They could not help themselves and were totally dependent on the staff. I continually tried to initiate dialogue, but they hardly spoke. Some were contracted, others looked pale, several could only breathe with oxygen tanks, and many looked significantly malnourished. This reality allowed me to develop a mindset of making a difference in the health field. Working there, I was not in a position to make the impact I wanted, but I knew that it was a step toward my ultimate goal. From then on, I was determined to become a competent and empathic physician.
I am extremely honored to be an America Needs You 2015 Fellow. This will prove to be an amazing way for me to broaden my horizons through networking, meeting new individuals, and having a mentor. I look forward to the opportunity to grow as a person and as a member of the community.