I graduated from Western Carolina University in December of 2017 with a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in psychology and a minor in communication. I earned my Associates of Arts Degree from Southwestern Community College, graduating in March of 2015.
I graduated from Southwestern Community College with a 4.00 GPA and from Western Carolina University with a 3.94 GPA while maintaining a full-time job as a Community Enrichment Specialist providing personal services and community opportunities to individuals with developmental and intellectual disabilities.
I have had hands-on experience working with an electroencephalogram (EEG) machine collecting data for research studying cortical arousal. I have two research presentations that were presented at the 64th Annual Southeastern Psychological Association Meeting in Charleston, SC in March of 2018. I also have leadership experience as I have supervised 15 to 20 people as lead supervisor for ARAMARK, where I worked for three years. My experience with working directly with people started in high school when I used to coach chess in after-school programs and my passion for working with people has continued to this day.
In my role as a Community Enrichment Specialist I work with individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. I work with each individual to ensure safety within their home and community, to develop and implement a plan for personal growth and to network within their community to help find potential volunteer and or job opportunities that fit the skills and needs of each individual. I feel that as much as I may assist my clients in daily living and opportunities, it can never compare to the amount of personal growth and humility I have experienced through the strength and determination I have witnessed in my clients.
I aspire to do clinical counseling with adolescents facing mental illness. My dream would be to work with underprivileged populations providing affordable opportunities to adolescents in need. In August of 2018 I will begin my graduate degree working toward my Master’s of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Western Carolina University.
People often describe me as hard-working, detail oriented and highly motivated.
A quote I try to keep in the forefront of my mind throughout my day is: “Here is my secret. It is very simple: It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.” – Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince