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When I go to the pediatrician, I find that they still inquire, "Are you social and do you have friends?" to test our mental health, or “Do you partake in after-school activities?” If counselor appointments were expected regularly, much as medical visits, much could be accomplished. As a result, my desire to work as a child psychologist has changed to assisting children with their mental wellbeing. Dealing with our ever-changing culture has become a part of my mental health as a black woman in America. People of color are disproportionately affected by discrimination, intergenerational trauma, and hunger. In my community, mental health care is in high demand.

Education

Tufts University

Bachelor's degree program
2022 - 2026
  • Majors:
    • Clinical, Counseling and Applied Psychology
  • Minors:
    • Human Development, Family Studies, and Related Services

high school of health proffesions and human services

High School
2018 - 2022

Miscellaneous

  • Desired degree level:

  • Graduate schools of interest:

  • Transfer schools of interest:

  • Majors of interest:

    • Psychology, General
    • Clinical, Counseling and Applied Psychology
    • Behavioral Sciences
    • Neurobiology and Neurosciences
  • Not planning to go to medical school
  • Career

    • Dream career field:

      Medicine

    • Dream career goals:

      Child Psychologist

    • Student

      Summer Youth Employment Program CTE ISP
      2021 – 2021
    • Practice Transformative Intern

      Maimonides Medical Center
      2021 – 2021

    Research

    • Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences, Other

      I-Create Youth Research Program — Student Researcher
      2021 – 2021
    • Neurobiology and Neurosciences

      Neuroestablishment — Student Researcher
      2021 – 2021
    • Health Professions Education, Ethics, and Humanities

      Polygence — Student Researcher
      2021 – Present

    Public services

    • Advocacy

      Daily Dose — Founder
      2020 – Present
    • Volunteering

      Future Destinations — Co Founder
      2020 – Present
    • Volunteering

      Cancer Research Awareness Group — Research Director
      2021 – Present
    • Volunteering

      Cancer4Less — COO
      2021 – Present
    • Public Service (Politics)

      Next Gen Politics — Podcast Producer & Social Media Team
      2021 – Present
    • Volunteering

      7 Cups — Verified Listener
      2020 – Present
    • Volunteering

      Am4teens — Co Chief of Social Relations
      2020 – Present
    • Public Service (Politics)

      Next Generation Politics — Summer Civic Fellow
      2021 – Present
    • Advocacy

      Purpose Project — Fellow
      2021 – Present
    • Advocacy

      Social Change — Intern
      2021 – Present
    • Volunteering

      Be Confident Organization — Vice President
      2020 – Present
    • Advocacy

      Yvote Changemaker Institute — Intern
      2021 – 2021
    • Volunteering

      College For All — Scholarship Coordinator
      2021 – Present

    Future Interests

    Volunteering

    HM Family Scholarship
    Going to the pediatrician, I noticed that they would ask questions to assess mental health such as “Are you social and have friends?” or “Do you participate in after-school activities?”. The concern about my emotional well-being in addition to my physical health was helpful, but the interactions were brief. This did not help me and my needs were not met. I felt like although it was not the main concern of the checkup, it should be one of the important factors. My mental health can easily be reflected in my physical health. Imagine if psychologist visits were required annually just like the doctor. I want to study mental health and child psychology in order to give other children the support I needed as a child. I was someone who constantly masked my mental concerns by distracting myself with school. I repressed these negative memories because they would bring up overwhelming emotions.. Being a black woman in America, my mental health has consisted of dealing with our constantly evolving world. I felt the ripples of events shown on national news networks because I could relate it to what I have seen in my community. As I sat in a protest, I realized how issues such as racism, intergenerational trauma, and poverty disportionately affect people of color. Mental health care accessibility is needed in my community. This summer, I took initiative in beginning my path to becoming a psychologist. Through the 7-Cups internship program, I became a spokesperson for people who needed emotional support and human connection. From a girl in Pakistan talking to me about feeling invisible and powerless in her family to creating an eating schedule with another girl, I am able to assist people any way they need. Taking Psychology at Lehman College allowed me to understand how human behavior is interconnected with the well-being of our community. It taught me about understanding why people behave the way they do, how they react to the world around them, and what factors may influence this. I created a website “A Daily Dose of Everything” which has allowed me to create a space for people who struggle with mental health. By providing resources for those with PTSD, depression, and anxiety, I was able to bridge the gap in my community, allowing others to start a process of recovery. I want to be the person that I wished I had during difficult times. I’ll listen to the voices and needs of marginalized students before they manifest into long-term mental disorders. Representation for me is not only about being a voice for marginalized students, it’s also about being the person low-income minorities can talk to because it’s hard to open up when you don’t feel like anyone can relate to you. We don’t have a support system and that’s who I want to be. It matters who you talk to, who understands the struggles you face, who you open up to. My goal is to form a united community that strives for change. On my journey, I plan to study psychology with a specialization in adolescents as well as work in different sectors like high schools, family homes, and hospitals. Becoming a child psychologist is about giving someone the resources I didn’t have to be able to ask “Are you okay?” and get a genuine answer. It’s about being able to relate to my patient and talk about how it is like living as a black woman in America with divorced parents. It’s about eradicating the stigma that has been created in our community.