Class of 2016 2018-08-21T16:54:47+00:00

Class of 2016

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Ajah C
Ajah C
Albert U
Albert U
Amani H
Amani H
Amira W
Amira W
Annalisa L
Annalisa L
Calvert R
Calvert R
Cary F
Cary F
Damontay F
Damontay F
Derrick K
Derrick K
Elizabeth S
Elizabeth S
Emily S
Emily S
Javaun C
Javaun C
Jelani H
Jelani H
John A
John A
Kathleen C
Kathleen C
Kerri M
Kerri M
Lauren P
Lauren P
Madelyn F
Madelyn F
Madison B
Madison B
Maryanne C
Maryanne C
Matthew M
Matthew M
Meghan C
Meghan C
Mikaela H
Mikaela H
Naadira F
Naadira F
Rida M
Rida M
Sara C
Sara C
Taylor K
Taylor K
Toni-Ann S
Toni-Ann S
Zenobia B
Zenobia B

Ajah C.

Major: Health Sciences
School: University of South Florida

“I have done a lot of volunteer work at the Florida Hospital of Tampa and Ginger Health and Fitness in Tampa. I have gained so much exposure in the Occupational Therapy field while helping others and giving back to my community. I plan to attend graduate school in the Fall of 2019, or the Spring of 2020, with a goal of obtaining a Masters or Doctorate. Ultimately, I am passionate about pursuing my goals and assisting individuals who may have limitations in their everyday life activities.”

Albert U. 

Major: Exercise Science
School: Eastern University

Amani H.

Major: Psychology
School: Clark Atlanta University

“My dream, for as long as I can remember, is to become a physician. My fascination with medicine developed at a young age. I was intrigued by anything that had to do with the medical field, owing that to the fact that my mother is a nurse. Currently, I am completing research at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. I am conducting tube formation assay, flow cytometry, and cell culturing. As I strive to bring better health care to underserved populations, I hope to progress, enhance, and improve communities by valuing the opportunity to create change.”

Amira W. 

Major: Sports Management
School: Drexel University

Annalisa L.

Major: Computer Science
School: Utah Valley University

“In this field, I feel that I can make the most difference. I have already seen with the iOS application, websites, and other projects that I have been a part of that technology can truly influence and change the lives of people all around the world. With computer science, I am not limited to influencing only the people at home, work, school, or the social circle that is around me, but I can affect people that I don’t even know and have never met before. I also am passionate about helping women to feel like they can be involved in this technical change too. I am a member of the Women Tech Council in Utah, and with that, I want to help women and girls feel empowered to overcome stereotypes and help them know that they would add so many good things to any industry that they decide to be in.”

Calvert R. 

Major: Health and Wellness
School: Arkansas Tech University

Cary F.

Major: Undeclared
School: Pomona College

Damontay F. 

Major: Social Work
School: Temple University

Derrick K.

Major: Mathematics and Secondary Education
School: Mount Saint Mary’s University

Elizabeth S.

Major: Biomedical Engineering
School: Syracuse University

Emily S. 

Major: Advertising
School: Temple University

Javaun C.

Major: Communications
School: Cheyney University

Jelani H.

Major: Civil Engineering
School: Temple University

“My future goals are to complete my degree in Civil Engineering at Temple University by “2020,” pass various Engineering required state certificates then attain a career in Engineering, with a focus on Construction and Project Management. After approximately five years of extensive work experience, I would venture into business to create a powerful impact within our community. I would plan, design and oversee construction projects as well as design and build strong communities globally with the aspiration to make the community more beautiful, resourceful, energy efficient and productive.”

John A. 

Major: Criminal Justice
School: Lehigh Carbon Community College

Kathleen C.

Major: Psychology
School: Stockton University

“After gaining acceptance in multiple graduate programs, I have decided to attend Stockton University for their Masters of Counseling Program, which will open in the fall of 2019. During the year between now and then, I will work at the Mental Health Association, facilitating groups and volunteering as a Crisis Counselor. I will continue to look for experiences in my field. This will allow me to be better prepared to help clients as a therapist. I plan on opening an eating disorder center for people who also have chronic medical illnesses. There is no such treatment center in the country.”

Kerri M.

Major: Nursing
School: La Salle University

Lauren P.

Major: Nursing
School: Northwest University

Madelyn F. 

Major: Biology/Pre-Medicine
Minor: Literature
School: University of Southern Indiana

“I have a passion for aiding in the advancement and advocation of individuals afflicted with bleeding disorders. I was diagnosed with Von Willebrand Disease (a chronic blood-clotting disorder) in eighth grade. Thankfully, I ended up switching to a specialized clinic a few years later that truly saved my life. Therefore, I plan to become a physician assistant specializing in hematology. I want to not only provide my patients with medical care but also empathize with and encourage them. After obtaining my bachelor’s degree in biology/pre-medicine I will attend graduate school and obtain my degree to become a physician assistant. Then I will be able to specialize in hematology and be able to live my dream by helping others overcome their medical struggles.”

Madison B.

Major: Strategic Communication
School: Temple University

Maryanne C. 

Major: Undeclared
School: Yale University

Matthew M.

Major: Finance, Economics, and Real Estate
School: Villanova University

Meghan C.

Major: Health & Exercise Science/Sports Medicine
School: Colorado State University

Mikaela H. 

Major: Biochemistry and Biotechnology
School: Minnesota State University Moorhead

Naadira F. 

Major: Occupational Therapy
School: Temple University

“My passions are in health, wellness, and education. I strive to cultivate a platform that educates my community about the importance of personal health and wellness through an initiative focusing on mindfulness, intrinsic motivation, and overall well-being. I currently am working towards my goals by volunteering at wheelchair dance classes & wheelchair basketball tournaments, participating in mediation groups, taking a yoga course, creating an activity program plan for individuals at COMHAR human services center, and conducting research about target groups that my goals would best benefit. In the future, I intend to use my Undergraduate degree in Psychology to become either a caseworker or child life specialist. I also intend on pursuing my Master’ s degree in Occupational Therapy to help individuals with disabilities live a full life.”

Rida M. 

Major: Biology
School: Siena College

“From engaging in after-school activities with elementary school students to promote literacy in Albany inner-city school districts to facilitating events for kids whose siblings have disabilities, I am constantly looking for service opportunities. This is part of the reason why I aspire towards a career of lifelong service as a physician. After graduating from Siena, I hope to attend Albany Medical College where I can continue to become an integral part of the medical community and provide critical analysis skills in discovering innovative strategies to fight cancer and other diseases. Along with translating research from the bench to bedside, I hope to create a pipeline using education as the fundamental basis for long-term change. Financially depressed and medically underserved populations continue to struggle with economic, cultural, and linguistic barriers that hinder community growth. Utilizing and building upon the skills I am currently learning while mentoring refugee students in the Albany area, I plan to be a physician who combats these issues by leading future outreach projects focused on educating younger students in poorer areas while providing some immediate medical relief through building free clinics.”

Sara C.

Major: Nursing
School: University of Pennsylvania

Taylor K.

Major: Computer Science
School: University of Pittsburgh

“With my degree in computer science, I aim to use technology to make positive change. Right now I am interested in applying computational strategies to neuroscience research and have been working in a neurobiology lab this past year to learn more. I will be conducting my own research throughout the 2018-2019 school year sponsored by Pitt and CMU’s Center for Neural Basis of Cognition, and I hope to make some meaningful discoveries. I also plan to do co-op rotations throughout the 2019-2020 school year to enrich my experience formally working in the tech sector. I enjoy participating in University-sponsored hackathon competitions with my peers, in an attempt to create programs that solve a problem, on a global, national, or community level. There are many paths I can take post-graduation, and whether it be advancing medical research, helping develop software for a good cause, or creating my own applications, I want to use my tech skills to make the world a better place.”

Toni-Ann S. 

Major: Accounting
School: Temple University

Zenobia B. 

Major: Design & Merchandising
School: Drexel University