I grew up on the Southside of Chicago and I am currently a student at the University of Illinois at Chicago. I am studying psychology and intend to pursue a career as a clinical psychologist. I have begun to develop my professional credentials by working part-time as a respite care provider where I assist autistic children in gaining insight and defining goals to achieve personal and social development and adjustment.
My passion for clinical psychology originated in high school when I took an advanced placement psychology course. The course explored the mechanisms behind poverty, wealth, and education. The curriculum shed light on many of the challenges my mom and family have faced through the years. I learned that all my life we have been oblivious to the fact that my mom was suffering from bipolar disorder, a disease that psychologists have studied and been able to manage successfully. This helped me realize that I wanted to pursue a career in psychology in order to assist other families in dealing with the types of challenges I faced growing up. In addition, in this career, I would be able to utilize the skills I have earned by being the oldest of six siblings and my experience serving three years on the charity committee at the Ronald McDonald House.
I am excited to be a member of the ANY program because I believe it will allow me to develop personally and professionally and achieve my dream of becoming a clinical psychologist.