Tell us a little bit about your current studies and your plans after Emory.
I am currently a senior at Emory University with a Human Health major and Ethics Minor. I am interested in going into health policy and as such would like to go to graduate school for a dual degree in MBA and MPH. After graduation, I plan to take a year or two off to work, travel more and focus on my graduate applications. I am currently in the process of final job options from different companies.
How has the Kaplan Educational Foundation helped you achieve your educational dreams?
Kaplan has helped me to dream big. As a community college student, I never thought I would be able to apply to top tier universities and do so on a full ride. They gave me a support system, an extended family, opportunities and challenges to strive through. They provided me with financial support and ensured I knew my worth and intellectual capabilities to thrive in any situation I found myself in. They allowed me to truly figure out what I was interested in and what my true calling in life was, and how it is I can achieve these things. They have added to my foundation in a way that I could not have imagined, and because of them I continue to dream big and trust myself and the process.
What advice would you give a student considering a community college versus a four-year university?
I am all for community colleges. It is a great stepping stone to begin your educational career on a budget and you gain a different experience than you would from most four year universities. Being an advocate for free community college, I can speak firsthand about how those institutions have helped me, but also helped other students. I would say to enjoy the experience, learn as much as you can and know your community college experience and your own ambitions can prepare you well to transfer to a 4-year university of your choosing. You are capable of achieving your dreams and working at the same pace if not higher than four year students.