Hello! I was born and raised in Memphis, TN. I attended Xavier University of Louisiana, in New Orleans, where I graduated with a Bachelor’s in Biology, a minor in Chemistry, and honors in Theology, Philosophy, and English. My goals for the future are to become a doctor and merge my love of medicine with computer science. By spring 2018 or Summer 2018, I hope to have taken the MCAT and also taken courses at Tech901, a nonprofit aimed at “training current or potential Memphians for a variety of information technology jobs and to work with employees to increase the Memphis technology job base”. I am interested in becoming a software developer or an application coder. Eventually, I would like to combine my love of medicine and computer science to create machines and software in the field of biotechnology or nanotechnology. As for medical school, I have not decided which medical school I want to attend, but I hope that any medical school that I attend will be close to the Memphis area. With my interest in medicine and technology, I want to be an ally in the black community so that African Americans will not be reluctant to go to the doctor when sick or ill. I also desire to provide ample services and up-to-date medical software and machines to the underserved populations of Memphis.
While I am studying to reach these goals during my gap year, I have chosen to do yearlong service with Church Health through AmeriCorps VISTA because I needed this opportunity to help me to recognize that I was given this chance to realize my capabilities, to expand my knowledge and life views, and to help in serving a demographic that I have always been a part of, the underserved, working middle class of Memphis. So far, this opportunity has been awesome! Bonding with the other VISTAs, who are striving to make an impact through their future endeavors and career goals like me, has been both a learning experience and inspiring.
I love my department, Faith Community Outreach, because of their mission to ensure that congregations and organizations, in the Memphis area, are trained to spot illnesses in order to recommend courses of action, plan healthier meals, connect people with health resources, and help to reclaim the biblical commitment to mind, body, and spirit. My department is small, but they make a big impact within Church Health and the Memphis area through their work. My supervisors, Lauren and Sterling, have been great in making sure that I am comfortable at Church Health. In the end, I hope to gain lifelong friendships and relationships, with the VISTAs and other Church Health personnel, as well as more knowledge on policies in healthcare in Tennessee.
When I am not being a VISTA at Church Health, I like to unwind by watching movies, listening to music, or drawing. I also love to hang out with my best friends from high school and catch up with my friends from college. Since I’m an introvert, my favorite place in Memphis is anywhere I can gather my thoughts, come up with ideas, be productive, or recharge (majority of time it’s at my house). My friends describe me as a very sarcastic and funny individual (I actually don’t know how true this is because I really don’t think I’m funny).
My favorite quote, currently, is written by Oliver Goldsmith. He says, “Life is a journey that must be traveled no matter how bad the roads and accommodations”.
I think that life isn’t supposed to be an easy route and I have just now started to figure this out. I wish I would have known this last year when I was suffering from after-college angst, but I know that God has a purpose for me and it will be impactful and instrumental in helping somebody.