Briefly tell us why you chose your program:
A deep awareness of why I was dealt certain hardships helped me realize that counseling is the vocation for me. I was planted in social poverty and typed as an outcast so that I could move beyond this label into a place of interpersonal prosperity. The diverse culture along with the education I receive within the Applied Psychology department will present numerous career opportunities after attaining my M.A. in Counseling for Mental Health and Wellness. IAn NYU degree will help me to reach my professional career goals, which include conducting research, international study, private practice, and continued work in the nonprofit sector.
A book I would never sell:
Racial Cultural Dynamics in Group and Organizational Life: Crossing Boundaries, by Dr. Mary M. McRae and Dr. Ellen Short
My inspiration is:
My father. He died in 2006 from a rare illness called Wegener's Granulomatosis. He always believed that I could achieve great success in life. I know that he would be extremely proud of how I am advancing my education.
Something I collect:
DVD's of my all time favorite movies. The Color of Purple, Philadelphia, and Glory are a few.
Why I went to Graduate School:
In order to be a professional counselor you need an advanced degree. I also have an intense intellectual curiosity about human behavior and desired to study more about the subject.
The best gift I've ever received:
A few days before my father died, he gave me the opportunity to wash his feet because they were in tremendous pain, as a result of his illness. The relief he felt throughout his whole body was evident as I massaged and cleaned his feet. I will never forget that moment. Some might say I was the giver in this situation, but I know I received an internal message that I will carry with me forever.
The longest paper I've ever written:
I titled it, "Contributing Toward the Healthy Psychosocial Development of Queer Youth." It was only supposed to be eight pages and ended up being 20. I'm glad my professor accepted the beast. I made an A on it.
The professor who influenced me the most:
I must list two: Dr. Jaqueline Mattis and Dr. Mary McRae.
My favorite coffee:
If I could take a year off I would:
My mother has sacrificed so much in order for me to achieve my educational goals so I would go back home to help her in any way that I could.
My secret passion is:
Listening to rain.
The best invention ever is:
Where you grew up:
What are your plans after you graduate?
Working as a counselor, becoming more involved with HIV/AIDS research, and pursuing a doctoral degree in counseling or social psychology
Honors, Awards, and Achievements:
NYU Steinhardt Graduate Scholarship, The Department of Applied Psychology Conference Scholarship, The NYU Wasserman Center for Career Development Funded Internship Award (Fall ‘10), Student Counseling Association - Faculty Liaison, Teaching Assistant for MA Level Group Dynamics E63.2620 (Fall ‘10), Consultant-In-Training - MA Level Advanced Group Dynamics E63.2625 (Spring ‘11).
Community Service and Other Activities:
AIDs Interfaith Network, Inc. Dallas Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA)