“Poverty is not just lack of money; it is not having the capability to realize one’s full potential as a human being” - Amartya Sen. In the city of Philadelphia there are roughly 1.5 million people and 25.7 percent of those people live below the poverty line. Philadelphia remains the poorest city in the nation despite its high level of business and real estate values. Growing up I was raised by my grandparents, and money was a daily struggle. There were times when we would have to scrape around the house to find change to get the necessities that we needed. We endeavored daily to make enough money to survive. However, we have gotten the support that has helped us immensely such as appropriate winter attire and medical assistance to help pay for eyeglasses and dental care. The support we received is something that inspired me to want to help others. I want to obtain a career in psychology and occupational therapy and start a non-profit organization to bring medical services and attention to the homeless while showing others it’s rewarding to help others and understand their experiences. Although I have faced a difficult childhood, I have also benefited from others’ help and plan to help others in turn.
School: Thomas Jefferson University
Major: Psychology/Occupational Therapy
- Undergrad (2022)