College: Stony Brook University (transferred from Hostos Community College)
NYNY Internships: CUNY Institute for Health Equity
I was born and raised along with four siblings in Kingston, Jamaica inside a household run by my single parent mother and my paternal grandmother. When I immigrated to the United States in 2007, my ambition of attending college to acquire professional development was forefront. However, I encountered many difficulties with enrolling because I was under-qualified. I was then introduced to the GED program and without attending any prep classes, I successfully acquired my diploma on my first attempt at the exam in June 2009. Subsequently, I enrolled at Hostos Community College of the City University of New York in spring 2010.
I am currently pursuing an A.S. degree in Community Health at Hostos. Disparity in the access to health care for underrepresented groups drives my ambition of becoming a medical doctor, specializing in both Epidemiology and HIV Medicine. Seeing the ill-effect that chronic illnesses have had on these groups compels me to give all of myself in helping to create access for those affected. I am very excited about my new journey with NYNY and I am confident that with the support the program offers and with hard work and dedication on my part, I will accomplish my goals.