Growing up, I always looked for a source of inspiration to help me to decide on my career path. I was inspired by Mae Jemison, the first African American Woman Astronaut, as a result of this infamous quote: “Don’t let anyone rob you of your imagination, your creativity, or your curiosity. Go on and do all you can with it, and make it the life you want to live.” This inspiration led to me exploring my interest in science and participating in the NASA Space Program, where I had the pleasure of building a telescope. The telescope is currently on display in my hometown of Chicago at Neal F. Simeon Career Academy, and is a constant reminder that we all have to start somewhere making our mark on this earth.
As an ally of the LGBTQ Affinity Group, I enjoy working with a group of people who are genuinely passionate, motivated, and dedicated to making Yale a more welcoming and respectful campus community.