Who are the staff, faculty or mentors who have been most influential throughout your college journey? Are there any words of gratitude you would like to share with them?
Kelly Dietz was my first mentor at IC, and I'm so grateful for her because I would not be an IC graduate without her support, guidance, and belief in me. Every single faculty member in the Sociology department has had a lasting and impactful influence in my college journey, especially Professor Rebecca Plante who helped to guide me when I was most confused and lost. My supervisors, Ronnie Benion, Yolanda Clarke, Geselle Dominguez and Omega Hollies, helped me to grow as a professional, built my confidence in myself, reminded me what I'm capable of, and provided amazing support to me as a person of color on IC's campus. They served as a consistent example to follow in their lead. I'm so grateful for Sam Bobbe's guidance as a former first generation student and my scholarship director, and she has become a mentor and friend I know I can always rely on.
What do you plan or hope to do now that you have graduated?
I plan to pursue a career in social work, and after a gap year working as a fellow for a NYC non-profit, I plan to go to grad school and receive my MSW, and eventually my DSW. Hopefully, I can provide clinical mental health support to my community for years to come, and eventually teach at a university after a fruitful career.