Thank you, Jesse and Beulah Cox, for providing me with a second chance to pursue my education and for hands-on opportunities to use what I am learning in my program to serve my community.

Tell us about your work placement experience.

At the Sexual Violence Prevention and Victim Advocacy (SVPVA) Office, I educate students on bystander intervention and the importance of consent. Additionally, our office holds several tabling events where I present and interact with students on campus to discuss the resources campus has to offer for those who may have experienced violence. 

What is something you have learned through your work?

I feel extremely lucky to have the chance to work alongside such great social workers. By simply being witness to their empathy, compassion, and resolution I have learned that I am in the field I was meant for. This opportunity would not have been possible without the Cox Scholars Program, and my wonderful advisor, Sharon Hay, who worked with the SVPVA Office to create my position. Thank you!

How will being a part of the Cox Scholars Program help you in the future?

Thanks to the Cox Scholars Program, I will have financial security during the final years of my undergraduate career. Since I will be able to focus all my attention on my courses, I hope my success in my undergraduate career will lead to being accepted into a counseling psychology graduate program. In the future, I hope to positively impact my future patients just as the Cox Scholarship has impacted me. 

What is your favorite memory as a Cox Scholar?

One of my favorite memories as a Cox Scholar was meeting the other scholars in the program upon returning to campus for fall 2021. I appreciate how diverse the program is and I look forward to seeing everyone in graduation caps and gowns soon! 

What do you do outside of the Cox Scholars Program?

When I am not studying for classes or working, I like to try new restaurants and coffee shops with my friends. There are so many options in Bloomington!