My mother followed the footsteps her mother set forth, and became a teacher herself. Her energetic spirit and passion for all cultures, religions, and the importance of education made every moment into a learning experience. Both my grandmother and mother provided the best they could to ensure I too reached my educational goals.
Even though I had all the support and resources available, there was a time I struggled within school. I was once the child sitting across from a school psychologist. My confidence was shot, but I knew I could not give up. With the support from my family and continued effort, I have continued to do the best I can.
Growing up, I always knew I wanted to give back and work with children. However, as new experiences entered my life, my vision began to become more focused. Throughout high school and college, I was accepted to an apprenticeship program at the Monell Chemical Senses Center. Becoming a research assistant, under Dr. Julie Mennella, was one of the best educational experiences of my life. I gain an incredible amount of knowledge within the sciences and working with children and adolescents. In my senior year at the university, I began to truly focus on my career path, and all possibilities.
It became evident after extensive research that with a strong background in the sciences and psychology, and the desire to want to help children both academically and emotionally, school psychology was the perfect match for me.
To this day, I have no regrets in the career choice I have made. Continuing the investment of my education is one of the proudest choices I have made. I chose the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine based on its excellent reputation, diverse student body, and experienced faculty. As a student at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, I am confidant I will be well prepared and well rounded to face numerous challenges. I look forward to the future, and the potential impact I will make.