I have always had a passion for social justice. However, it was my experience within the Saint Michael’s College community, especially the anthropology department, which truly opened my eyes to new insights about the world. As anthropology minor I was able to complement by biology courses with anthropology classes, strengthening my global perspectives.
I am truly grateful for the experiences I have had with the practice of learning through engagement. Currently, I am serving the Greater Philadelphia Area through the Mercy Volunteer Corps, a subsidiary of the Sisters of Mercy, as a Patient Advocate. The Mercy Volunteer Corps promotes social change by placing volunteers at service sites across the United States and South America for one year of service with people who are marginalized and facing poverty. In my Patient Advocacy role, I work in conjunction with the Mary Howard Health Center in Philadelphia that serves people experiencing homelessness and/or previously incarcerated. To be honest, this city can be daunting for any outsider. However, I credit my comfort with diving into the work associated with this new social/cultural environment to the many faculty members at Saint Michael’s College that I had encountered over my four years, especially the anthropology department and Professor Adrie Kusserow.
Upon completing my term as a volunteer I hope to enter the Public Health field, through nursing. It is my aim to continue my work as a care provider at a health care center, which serves marginalized individuals in underserved populations.