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Godasi Ndihokubwayo

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Bio

My name is Godasi Ndihokubwayo and I am currently a junior majoring in public health with a minor in communication at Austin college. My ultimate goal is to become a physician assistant and contribute to improving healthcare outcomes and reducing health disparities. I am involved in various on campus organizations and roles that are helping to shape me into the future leader that I aspire to be. I am a member of the Theta Sigma Chi sorority, First year seminar peer mentor, pre-health society club, and a student assistant for Austin college's center for career and professional development. In addition, I have completed internships at the Beacon Homeless Shelter and Hype Freedom Schools which have allowed me to pour back into my community while further strengthening my leadership, communication, and critical thinking skills. At the beacon homeless shelter, i was able to help contribute to improving the overall wellbeing of homeless individuals by providing them with food, water, clothing, mental health services, and assistance with the process of receiving housing. At Hype Freedom schools, I had the opportunity to work with underprivileged youth and promote educational equity by providing academic support and empowering students to reach their full potentials. College has been an eye opening journey for me, allowing me to expand my knowledge, however i am constantly faced with the burden of paying for tuition and other educational expenses. In order to overcome these financial challenges, I have been actively seeking out scholarships and grants to help support my education.

Education

Austin College

Bachelor's degree program
2021 - 2025
  • Majors:
    • Public Health
  • Minors:
    • Communication, General

Jefferson Davis Senior High School

High School
2017 - 2021

Miscellaneous

  • Desired degree level:

    Master's degree program

  • Graduate schools of interest:

  • Transfer schools of interest:

  • Majors of interest:

  • Not planning to go to medical school
  • Career

    • Dream career field:

      Hospital & Health Care

    • Dream career goals:

      To become a Physician Assistant

    • I assist students with resume, cover letter writing, career exploration, and help plan annual career fairs networking events to connect students with potential employers and professionals in their field of interest.

      Austin College Center for Career and Professional Development
      2022 – Present2 years
    • My role was to help kids improve their literacy skills as well as instilling confidence and self-worth in them through various enrichment activities.

      HYPE Freedom Schools: Houston
      2022 – 2022
    • My role included handling customers transactions, preparing food, and maintaining a clean work environment

      Whataburger
      2021 – 2021

    Sports

    Cheerleading

    Varsity
    2021 – 20232 years

    Awards

    • Most improved athlete of the year
    • Stunt performer of year

    Public services

    • Volunteering

      Beacon Homeless Shelter — My role involves assisting with client check in, serving food, cleanup of facility after use, and laundry services.
      2023 – 2023
    • Volunteering

      Boys and Girls club of Denison — I helped clean the facility in order to make it a more suitable environment for use
      2023 – 2023
    • Volunteering

      Austin college service station: "Roo Bound" — I led a small group of students through multiple arts and crafts projects, assisted with supervision, and assisted with curating and executing multiple indoor activities for them to enjoy.
      2024 – 2024
    • Volunteering

      Austin college service station — I volunteered at Gerald’s House for grieving children, Road Runner Food Bank, Bienvenidos Outreach, Watershed Association, and the Santa Fe Humane Society.
      2024 – 2024
    • Volunteering

      Austin college Great day of service — My role involved clearing trails, picking up litter, painting fences, and maintaining overall cleanliness in the park.
      2022 – 2022
    • Volunteering

      Women's Rock non profit organization — I sold stickers, clothing items, and helped organize campus wide talent show/beauty pageant to raise money for the women's rock organization.
      2023 – 2023

    Future Interests

    Advocacy

    Volunteering

    Entrepreneurship

    Priscilla Shireen Luke Scholarship
    My family and I have struggled financially for as long as I can remember. Coming from Africa, Tanzania, to America was a transition that affected multiple aspects of our lives especially financially. The language barrier along with my parents' lack of opportunities to acquire adequate education in Africa placed a significant burden on us as we navigated our new lives in America even to this day. We have spent our whole lives relying on government assistance such as food stamps and other forms of aid to thrive daily. Despite these challenges, I have actively contributed to my family and community in various ways. Throughout my college journey, I’ve had to help my family with expenses such as rent, utilities, and groceries all while maintaining my academic commitments. Watching my parents struggle has been a major driving force in my determination to pursue education and create a better future for not only myself but for my family as well as others within my community. Over the past years, I have participated in various educational and professional opportunities that have helped me expand my knowledge and professional skills and also allowed me to give back to my community and positively impact those around me. This past March, I participated in my school's alternative spring break volunteer program where we traveled to New Mexico and carried out several service projects. During the week-long program, we helped package food for local food banks, cleaned up parks and trails, provided animal care assistance at the Santa Fe Humane Society, and helped clean as well as renovate Gerald's house, Santa Fe's center for grieving children. This past January, I traveled to Ghana as part of my school’s Jan-Term program, where I got the opportunity to experience Ghana's healthcare system firsthand by shadowing and and directly assisting practitioners in minor procedures. Furthermore, I currently volunteer at The Beacon Homeless Services in downtown Houston to help improve the lives of those who have been affected by homelessness. During the summer of 2022, I interned with HYPE Freedom Schools in Houston, where I served as a student leader intern for children in underserved communities. I helped kids improve their literacy skills as well as helped instill confidence and self-worth in them through various enrichment activities. In addition to all of these internships, I am a peer mentor at my college for the 2023-2024 academic year. As a peer mentor, I have the opportunity to guide and support incoming students in their academic and social transition to college life. My ultimate goal is to become a physician assistant in order to provide quality healthcare and make a positive impact on underserved communities. By leveraging a variety of experiences and internships, I have gained a comprehensive understanding of the healthcare system, developed essential skills, and deepened my passion for helping those in need. I plan to continue my involvement in volunteering opportunities post college to further expand my knowledge and contribute to making a difference in underserved communities. My biggest aspiration in life is to create a lifetime of financial stability for myself and my family while simultaneously creating a positive impact in the lives of those around me and I will continue to do my best to ensure my dream turns into my reality.
    Text-Em-All Founders Scholarship
    Winner
    My family and I have struggled financially for as long as I can remember. Coming from Africa, Tanzania, to America was a transition that affected multiple aspects of our lives especially financially. The language barrier along with my parents' lack of opportunities to acquire adequate education in Africa placed a significant burden on us as we continue to navigate our new lives in America. We have spent our whole lives relying on government assistance such as food stamps and other forms of aid to thrive daily. Living in a constant state of lack has been a major driving force in my determination to pursue education and create a better future for not only myself but for my family and others within my community. My ultimate goal is to become a physician assistant and work in underserved communities, providing accessible healthcare to those who cannot afford it. I grew up watching my parents struggle with health issues and not being able to afford adequate medical care, so I understand firsthand the impact that lack of access to quality healthcare can have on individuals and families. Part of their health issues stemmed from lack of awareness and education about preventive measures and healthy lifestyle choices. Underserved communities often lack adequate healthcare resources and support, which leads to poor health outcomes and a cycle of poverty. I am currently majoring in public health and therefore i am continuously, learning about the social determinants of health and ways to address healthcare disparities especially in less privileged communities. I plan to use my knowledge and skills to provide high-quality and compassionate healthcare to individuals in these communities, advocating for their needs and promoting preventative care. Over the past years, I have participated in various educational and professional opportunities that have helped me expand my knowledge and professional skills and also allowed me to give back to my community and positively impact those around me. This past January, I traveled to Ghana as part of my school’s Jan-Term program, where I got the opportunity to experience Ghana's healthcare system firsthand by shadowing and interacting directly with both private and public health practitioners. In addition to shadowing, I got to directly assist practitioners in minor procedures such as sterilizing instruments and taking patient vitals. I gained a deeper understanding of the challenges and disparities that exist in healthcare access and quality, especially in underserved communities. I am a student assistant at the Austin College’s Center for Career and Professional Development. My role includes assisting students with resume-building job or internship searching and helping prepare and set up for career-related events hosted by the center. Working at the Center has helped me gain insight into the intricacies of career development and taught me valuable skills such as time management, teamwork, and customer service. I’ve also learned how to network and connect with professionals in different fields, which will be essential for me as I pursue my own career goals. Lastly, I currently intern at The Beacon Homeless Services in downtown Houston on school breaks. Doing so gives me the opportunity to help improve the lives of those who have been affected by homelessness. My position allows me to strengthen my communication and organizational abilities, as well as my problem-solving skills, all of which will be valuable in my future endeavors. My biggest aspiration in life is to create a lifetime of financial stability for myself and my family while simultaneously creating a positive impact in the lives of those around me and I will continue to do my best to ensure my dream turns into my reality.
    James Lynn Baker II #BeACoffeeBean Scholarship
    The biggest prevalent issue affecting my community is homelessness. Growing up I not only lived in fear of being homeless myself, but I also saw people in my community who had nowhere to turn for help. My family and I have resided in section 8 housing our whole lives and I have witnessed firsthand how this population is affected by being without a place to call home. We relied on government assistance programs to provide us with basic needs such as food and healthcare and therefore I am aware of how important it is to have a support system in times of need. There is an overwhelming number of people who are homeless in my neighborhood, and many of them do not have the support and resources needed to transition to a stable home as well as mentally ill and/or addicted, making it even harder for them to find work and provide for themselves. Over the years I have seen more and more community members fall through the cracks and become homeless due to a lack of resources. I firmly believe this is something that needs to change to better the lives of the people in my community. Over the past year, I have partaken in activities that contribute to helping alleviate some of the struggles that homeless individuals endure. When I'm on my college breaks, I volunteer with the Beacon homeless shelter organization, providing food, clothing, and hygiene items to the homeless. Additionally, when I am blessed to have the resources to purchase excess food items, I create meal packs that I distribute to those less fortunate within my community. I feel that this is one small way I can help make a difference in the lives of those struggling to make it in this world. Other ways that I can help combat the issue of homeless in my community include becoming an advocate for the homeless by continuing to support organizations that offer services as well as advocate for adequate funding for the programs that assist the homeless as well as raising awareness of the issue through social media and other mediums of communication. Programs such as The beacon homeless shelter and coalition for the homeless. I hope that by sharing my experiences and understanding of this issue, others will be encouraged to take action against this issue and help bring an end to homelessness in my community.