From TEEP to Trinity Boston Counseling Center
TEEP was my first summer program and the first time I was part of a community that was not family. I was a recent immigrant to the country, so it took me a while to embrace all the warmth that surrounded me. I completed three years as a camper, then in high school became a CIT (Counselor in Training) and counselor as part of the LDP (Leadership Development Program). Being a counselor and a member of the LDP was the most rewarding experience. This is when I realized my passion for working with youth.
I was able to identify the positive impact I had and can have with interpersonal and community relationships. I was also able to learn a lot about my leadership skills, my potential, and myself. For example, I was encouraged to join Sole Train my junior year of high school, and a year later through the phenomenal support of the Sole Train family, I ran the B.A.A. Half-Marathon – an accomplishment I never imagined I could fulfill.
Upon entering college at Roger Williams University, I was at a crossroad about what I wanted to study: pre-med as my family hoped, or psychology as my interest yearned. I reflected on my experiences, my personal characteristics, the communities I’ve encountered, and my work at TEEP, and it all became very clear to me – my calling is to be a counselor. More specifically, my personal mission is to provide mental health services to help combat and heal generational trauma and suffering that has been normalized all around me in disadvantaged communities.
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