The Applied Psychology Program was instrumental in helping me gain the skills I would need in the Peace Corps. I was also involved in the UIC In-Touch Crisis Hotline where I learned peer support skills. I joined the Peace Corps after graduation where I am currently working on a few different projects in Cameroon, which is located in West Central Africa. I am working with an American-based non-governmental organization 'Breaking Ground' teaching illiterate women business skills alongside family life education (nutrition, the importance of girls’ education, budgeting, etc.). Girls in my village tend to drop out of school around the age of ten and are forced into polygamous marriages. Most children suffer from malnutrition. My counterparts and I have also recently opened a Girl’s Empowerment Center (a generous in-kind donation from the local health care center), which I am pretty excited about. Here, we are providing life skills classes, training of peer educators on malaria and HIV prevention, and counseling. The Applied Psychology program has given me a great start to my career. It's an honor to be considered as a role model for future students. I see Kathryn Engel, the director of internships, as a role model for me, her confidence in my abilities after graduation has meant a lot.
I am working at Northwestern Memorial Hospital as a registered nurse. I am currently taking a wound care training course through the hospital and hope to head back to Africa as a nurse on Mercy Ships either this summer or next for a few months
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