The youngest of six and a psychology major, I will graduate in spring 2008. I came into EOP in 2004. Since then I have become a Dean’s List student and a McNair Scholar. I am very involved both on and off campus. On campus, I am the president of Boanerges (sons of God) and have produced several monthly Gospel Kick-Back concerts. As an EOP student, I served as the ESO commissioner of fundraising and organized several fundraising and social events, including the first ever EOP student exchange. I fully enjoyed the opportunities of the Summer Bridge Program, so I continued my involvement with the program by serving as a Summer Bridge residential assistant and as an RA for the EOP Weekend Overnight Program. In 2006, I won the title of Miss Black and Gold for Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity Inc.!
Off campus I am an intern at the Long Beach courthouse and serve as a domestic violence advocate. I am also a college aide at Long Beach Poly High School in a PM-ACE (students with behavioral problems) classroom. In addition, I volunteer at the Women’s Shelter of Long Beach and am actively involved with my church, City of Praise, where I teach Sunday School and participate in the dance ministry.
In addition to becoming a forensic clinical psychologist, I am also an aspiring actress. I have been featured in several print ads, including one for Coca-Cola. I have dreams of attending the USC Clinical Psychology program and earning a doctorate degree. In the long run, I hope to have a private clinic in an impoverished neighborhood.
I was born in Long Beach, but lived most of my life in Compton. In 2006, I graduated from Serra High School in Gardena, where I played football for four years and competed in track for two years. While in high school, I didn't care about school, but when I became a senior, I realized that I was not progressing and I needed to make a change and work toward my future.
I began to search for a profession that I felt would benefit my financial desire, interests and intellect. From that point on, I began to associate with people who had similar standards and who would assist me in building myself up, just as I would do for them.
Immediately following my high school graduation, I began my education at CSULB in the Summer Bridge Program. EOP has been one of my key inspirations to work hard and strive for my future. I am grateful to EOP for the guidance and exposure it gave me during Summer Bridge.
I have dealt with various challenges in my life, but the most difficult was growing up without a father. My father left before I was one year old and that was not easy to cope with. As I grew older, however, my friends and family were always supportive and encouraging. Their presence and support is what got me through the pain of having an absent father and to the point I am today.
I currently spend a good portion of my week studying, working and participating in the Carson Sheriff Station Explorer program and at my two internships with JusticeCorps in the Los Angeles Superior Court and as a mortgage apprentice with Rlender.net.
On campus, I am involved in several organizations. I am a member of the Criminal Justice Student Association, Political Science Student Association, EOP Student Organization and serve as vice president of the Black Business Student Association. I also assist the Associated Students, Inc. in activities. In addition, I am studying to become a lawyer and eventually own a law firm.
Though I feel I have a lot to accomplish and I have just begun, some of my recent accomplishments include being on the President’s List with a 3.8 GPA, Honors Program and receiving The Summer Bridge English Scholarship award. In the future, I hope to attend law school at Duke University.