Shontel is an alumna at Rutgers College where she had majored in Psychology and minored in Sociology. She is a devout Christian who enjoys working in the ministry of her church. Interestingly, Shontel had wanted to publish her devotional journal entitled "To God Be the Glory". Shontel expresses that she has a "passion for writing poetry - especially words of inspiration to encourage people".
As for her academic and professional goals as a student, Shontel plans to attend graduate school for Social Work and would eventually like to establish a social service agency to aid disadvantaged people. For her project, she had examined the effects of having a substance abusing parent and the effect of positive parenting in reducing the risk of children developing problems with alcohol.
The opportunity to develop close relationships with her fellow interns, as well as the opportunity to learn from them in the process highlighted Shontel's experience in Project L/EARN. She also expresses her appreciation of the opportunity to network with the distinguished faculty members at the Institute. In particular, Shontel is grateful to have had the opportunity to work with "a mentor that was patient, kind, and very helpful", Dr. Lynn Warner. Lastly, she says that Project L/EARN had made her a stronger person by allowing her to meet an extreme challenge.