Highly motivated professional, driven to help others overcome personal obstacles. Known for being detail-oriented, organized and conscientious. Comfortable working autonomously or in a team-based setting. Strong record of establishing solid relationships with clients, co-workers, administration and local agencies. Responsible self-starter, who communicates well, and is dedicated to improving the well-being of others.
By nature, I am a very curious person, and my aspiration to study psychology has stemmed from my interest in why people behave as they do. Why do some individuals come out virtually unscathed after the most difficult of times, while others succumb to severe depression, or engage in other harmful behaviors? Do we act the way we do because we want to? Does free will make us who we are? Are our personalities embedded in our genes? I want to understand as much as I can about how the mind works; why one helps or harms; why some cope easier than others; and what causes psychological illness.
My personal philosophy consists of an understanding that our time is limited; why spend it living someone else's dreams. Be careful not to be silenced by other's thinking; take care not to let other's opinions drown out your voice. Have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. Stand up for yourself. Be kind. Be a pragmatist and constantly try new things in a quest to see what works best. “If at first you do not succeed, try, try again”. Maintain an unquenchable thirst for knowledge, as knowledge leads to endless possibilities. Always be a critical thinker. However, don't discount the existentialists' views that there are some things we just cannot control; some things that cannot be changed. Life is full of hurdles and struggles, and even though our lives are not always going to be optimally satisfying, never doubt they can still have meaning.
At the end of the day, I find satisfaction when I am able to make someone else's day a little bit brighter, and my intention is to someday leave this world a better place than it was when I came into it.
Advocate Christ Medical Center
Advocate Christ Medical Center is part of Advocate Health Care, one of the nation's leading health care networks. They are a not-for-profit, 788-bed, premier teaching institution with more than 1,500 affiliated physicians. They serve as one of the major referring hospitals in the Midwest for a number of specialties, and provide emergency care to more than 105,000 patients annually. They are considered one of the busiest Level 1 trauma centers in Illinois.
I worked for this organization for two years as a volunteer in the emergency department.
Dravet Syndrome Foundation
The Dravet Syndrome Foundation is a not-for-profit organization, with a mission of aggressively raising research funds for Dravet syndrome and related epilepsies; to increase awareness of these catastrophic conditions; and to provide support to affected individuals and families. They have successfully connected scientists with physicians and researchers to work toward findings better treatments, and possibly a cure.
I have worked with this foundation for over 10 years in multiple capacities, such as Research Newsletter Editor, Event Photographer, and Event Planning committee.
Student Community (StuCo)
StuCo is a small group with a mission of helping children learn that they can be the most influential force in our community. Children are challenged to grow through encouragement and accountability. This occurs through weekly gatherings, relational small groups, serving opportunities, and life-changing special events and retreats.
I work as a volunteer Co-Leader a few times a month.
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