I graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Houston-Downtown. My long term ambition is to help my community. I had the great opportunity of volunteering in the Microbiology lab at Memorial Hermann Hospital in the Texas Medical Center. This gave me the opportunity of working with the PathNet computer software, learning to triage specimen, observing the microbiologists while they were ordering different lab tests for example, tests for urine, blood, C-Diff, CMRSA, MRSA by PCR, learning to prepare MRSA PCR Data Collection Report, filing Microlab Data, preparing supplies for autoclave, finding requisitions, faxing data to other labs. By volunteering, I got the chance to experience working in a hospital setting and understanding part of the process by which the laboratory helps the doctor to diagnose a disease, medical condition or health of the patient.
I am a self-motivated , goal oriented individual who is multi-talented and who possesses great interpersonal skills. My Personal Achievements include over thirty Certificates for involvement in extra-curricular activities. My past extra-curricular activities include being a Volunteer at the Memorial Hermann Hospital (Texas Medical Center) and being Volunteer at the Houston Museum of Natural Science. My skills include Computer Applications, Communication, Teaching, Music and Leadership.
My mother died when I was five years old. I have very vivid memories of her even though I was very young. I think I have memories from (this may be hard to believe), even two or three years old. The reason I remember this period of my life so much, is because the loss of my mom had a great impact on the course my life would take. What I remember most about my mom was that she taught me how to read and write. She also taught me to listen to, and have respect for my teachers and elders. She bought many books for me and she would read to me and encourage me to read aloud to her. I know my mom would be very proud if she could see me now. She, by teaching me to read and write at an early age, caused me to have a passion for books and wherever I go, I try to teach others to value books and education. My mom may have died when I was very small but before she left me, she taught me the skills to survive.
When I came to Houston, I had a lot of challenges in trying to finishing my college education. God kept me focused, I was able to receive scholarships and now I have completed my Bachelor’s degree. I have to give God all the praise for all he has done for me. All my experiences have helped to shape my character, made me stronger, made me more patient, made me better able to deal with people with different personalities. God has given me his peace which has helped me to learn to work well under pressure, and to develop conflict resolution skills, and practice organizational strengthening techniques when working with others in a group setting.
My vision is to help people in Houston where I am presently, and also in Jamaica. In order to best serve the community with my skills, I considered the needs of the communities that I plan to help. The communities are Montego Bay, Jamaica, St. Elizabeth Jamaica, and Houston, Texas. In Montego Bay, Jamaica, many people cannot afford healthcare. Recently I heard that there is a new healthcare plan in Jamaica, however I don’t know how well it is working. One unfortunate thing that happened which caused me to see the dire shortcomings of the Jamaican healthcare system was when my friend’s mom went to the hospital (Cornwall Regional Hospital in Montego Bay) at 6am and died at 6pm because she was not seen by the doctor. Another need of the community which I would like to address is that many smart, talented young people are graduating from high school and college and there are no jobs available and no one to provide direction. In considering the needs of the community of St Elizabeth, Jamaica, I remembered my cousin telling me that the nearest clinic to where they live is down the road (30 miles away). When I think of the needs of the city of Houston, I considered the following issues. There are also many smart, talented young people graduating from high school and college and there are no jobs available and no one to provide direction. Many people living in Houston are also below the poverty line and cannot afford health care, cannot speak English, and do not know how to access healthcare. There are also jobs available but no one to provide direction and teach them how to use their skills to obtain a job. Many programs exist but not accessible to poor minorities (Black, Hispanic, Phillipino, Cambodian, Vietnamese).
I considered my skills and how I may apply them. I have training/skills in Healthcare, Computer Technology Applications, College Administration, Non-profit Organizations and Community Outreach. I thought of ways that I could try to contribute to the community. My goal is to use my skills and resources to implement community outreach programs to address the needs of the communities of Montego Bay, Jamaica, St. Elizabeth Jamaica and Houston, Texas.and especially to be able to assist young people to complete their tertiary education, and to help to all people in the community to access education. In summary, my personal mission statement is to give back to my community and to help others to also achieve what I have achieved.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: University of Houston-Downtown - Bachelor of Science, Biology, General
Track and field, reading, singing, blogs, social media, website creation.
Anatomy & Physiology
Basic Computer Literacy
Elementary School Science
High School Biology
Middle School Science
Study Skills and Organization
Technology and Computer Science