Monica had been a student at UC Berkley, where she majored in Psychology. She has learned much more during the course of Project L/EARN than she had expected: “…This summer spent at Project L/EARN has helped me mature.” She grew more confident in her writing style, an understanding of the recovery process for persons with severe mental illness, and increased her knowledge of statistical methods.
When Monica entered the program she was unsure about pursuing a doctorate in psychology. However, later on she states, “Attending this program has cemented my desire to continue in this field [mental health research].” As a result, she decided to obtain her doctorate in psychology to focus on the mental health of the Latino community at large.
A significant motivating factor for Monica had been attending the National Leadership Conference on Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities in Washington D.C. She reports, “Going to the conference solidified my drive to help my community and others who are underserved.”