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Deja Jackson

Need Level

3.3/5

Amount Needed

$4,338

Merit Level

3.4/5

Class Standing

Sophomore

College GPA

3.57

Major

School of Social Work

UIUC

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Personal Statement

I am a 20 year old black female Muslim and I am a sophomore at the University of Illinois majoring in social work. I am also taking prerequisites for medical school because I have always wanted to be a doctor. I was born in a country where having a good doctor was a luxury only the rich could afford so I made it my mission to become a doctor so that I could help those who could not afford expensive health care. It was during my junior year of high school that I started doing research about social work because I was working with my school's social work and I had noticed how much of an impact he was making on my mental health. I have always struggled with anxiety, depression, and self esteem issues so seeing how passionate he was about helping not only me but other refugee students as well made me want to have that positive impact in someone's life. I have made most of my personal growth while going to therapy and working with a social worker and that is something that motivated me to major in social work because a lot of people my age go through a lot of mental health illnesses and I think having that experience makes it easier to relate to clients. Whether I end up becoming a doctor or social worker, I want to work with marginalized groups of people especially the black community, women, and Muslims because these are the groups I have more experiences with. While taking some of my social work courses, I have become more openminded, empathetic, and more culturally aware and these are important aspects in the field of social work and medicine. I am still learning about my values and how I can use them in the future to help people.

Student Info

Ethnicity:

Citizenship:

Gender:

Veterans:

LGBTQ+ :

Black or African American

Marital Status:

Rwandan

First Generation:

Female

Personal Dependents:

No

Family Dependents:

Single

Yes

0

12

Yes

High School GPA:

Graduation Year:

Major GPA:

3.67

SAT/ACT Score:

2023

Open to Mentorship:

3.57

High School Name:

980

No

Roger C Sullivan High School