"When I read about National Health Corps I knew it was the program I was looking for."
Hometown: Roswell, GA
Educational background: B.S. in Exercise Science; Minor in Health Promotion. Kennesaw State University
Host Site: Florida Department of Health, Baker County
Why did you join the National Health Corps Florida AmeriCorps program?
When thinking about my plans after graduation I didn’t feel that I was ready to go back to school, or start working. I knew I wanted to do something that I believed was meaningful and productive, but I wasn’t sure what. A mentor told me about AmeriCorps, so I started looking through all the different opportunities they had. After researching the various programs, National Health Corps (NHC) stuck out the most to me. I was looking for a program that would let me educate others on healthier lifestyle choices, while learning valuable skills that I could use to better serve others in the future. When I read about National Health Corps I knew it was the program I was looking for.
What are you hoping to gain from your year of service?
Professional and personal development. I’m hoping that after serving with the FDOH I will have a better idea on how the health of communities can be improved. Along with that I hope to gain experience that will help me become a better healthcare professional. I really hope that I can also learn more about myself, and how I can be a better person for others.
What are your plans after AmeriCorps service?
After AmeriCorps, I plan to look for a job as some type of health educator, or pursue a higher education. If decode to continue my education, I would like to work towards a Master’s in Public Health focusing on health education for communities and families.
Where do you envision yourself in 5 years?
In 5 years, I hope that I am either in a job that I love or at least working towards it. I envision myself in a position where I am helping others manage their chronic disease. I want to educate others about the importance of proper nutrition, a positive mindset and other healthier lifestyle choices.