Christopher Alvarado is a rising junior from Roselle, New Jersey studying Supply Chain Management at Rutgers University. Chris decided to pursue Project L/EARN because he believed that this internship offered him the opportunity to challenge himself and pursue research on a topic that greatly interested him. In addition, the fact that Project L/EARN focused on underprivileged and underrepresented demographics motivated him to pursue this opportunity as he believed that the experience would provide a nurturing environment dedicated to his growth.
During the summer Chris worked with his mentor Dr. Kathleen Pottick to examine the racial and ethnic differences in treatment delivery in U.S. Outpatient Mental Health Services for Transition Age Youth and Young Adults. He is grateful for his experience with Dr. Pottick who he believes equally supported and challenged him and was infinitely understanding and patient. Upon graduation Chris hopes to pursue a dual J.D./M.B.A concentrating on strategy and global logistics. He plan to go into constitutional law where he can fight for health care as a constitutional right. He hopes to one day correct the inefficiencies in the healthcare community by providing greater systems of care at lower prices for underprivileged children, victims of abuse and children in the foster care system.
Chris believes that the most challenging part of Project L/EARN was managing the workload of readings, conducting his own research, labs and lectures while trying to stay stress free. However, the best part of about the experience was working with his cohort. He says, “The bonds we formed over the struggle of research will last a lifetime.” Chris wants future interns to understand that while this may be the hardest thing they ever do it will be worth it. He says, “You were chosen because you deserve to be here. If you do not give up on them, they will never give up on you.”