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Institute for Health Care Policy and Aging Research
Khadejia Watkins-Brown
Project L/EARN Intern - 2004
Khadejia Watkins-Brown
Self-Esteem and Depressive Symptoms in Black, Latina, Asian, and White Women
Sarah Rosenfield

Khadejia had been a student at Douglass College and a major in Psychology. Her desire to return to New Jersey after living in California for two years was one of the motivating factors in attending Rutgers. Khadejia’s rich educational experience at Rutgers has thus far proved to be worth the move back to the “garden state”. Prior to Project L/EARN, Khadejia had been learning to make research a part of her repertoire working as a research assistant in a Social Psychology lab at Rutgers. Khadejia had also been a teaching assistant for a Principles of Psychology course at the Rutgers-Newark campus. Despite her impressive resume, she contends that if she had not an interned with Project L/EARN, she would be enjoying her favorite pastime, traveling. Project L/EARN had served as a medium for Khadejia to explore the world of research. She suggests, “[Project L/EARN] was stressful but rewarding”. The program had prepared her for the world of graduate school, instilling the importance of time management and endless effort. Through her ten-week journey, Khadejia has discovered her ultimate educational goal of obtaining a doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology. In addition, she has cemented the importance of research in her career agenda. Khadejia’s hard work and dedication is attributed to the spirit of her mother, Kharyn L. Watkins, who planted the seed that knowledge unlocks the door to a sea of opportunities.

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