Golden Women Book Scholarship Winner
Pursuing Bachelor of Science Degree in Human Biology
University of Southern California
Why continuing an education is so important to her:
Continuing an education after high school is important to me because without continuing my education, it would be impossible to reach my goals of eventually becoming a pediatrician. In addition, attending a university allows me to obtain the necessary skills and instruction required for going into the medical field. Continuing education is important to me because I, not only, realize the importance of a sound education, but I have seen first-hand how it can have a drastic effect on one’s socio-economic means.
Kristin proudly supports:
- Next Generation Executive Chairperson, USC Black Student Assembly
- USC Saved by Grace Gospel Choir
- WorldMed Organization: Shower of Hope and Los Angeles Mission
- Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA): American Red Cross Organization, provided American Red Cross Blood Drives
- Junior Usher Board Ministry
- Ray of Hope Church Annual Hope Clinic
Kristin, what does the term “Golden Women” mean to you?
To me, the term Golden Women is a female who is a valuable member of society that understands the aspects society has placed on being a woman and rises above what is expected of her role. Her experiences in life make her malleable to see the world in diverse perspectives, yet strong enough to stand for what she believes in.
Kristin, describe something that is plaguing young women today and explain what can be done to turn it around? What can you do to help?
As a young minority woman in today’s society, there are many physical plagues constantly attacking us, but to me, the constant pressure to be perfect is a mental plague that we base our self-worth and value on. Whether it’s the growth of social media or the mainstream success of the extremes, we as women (especially minorities) are forced to compare ourselves to each other to be the best wife, daughter, mother, student, or worker. For us, the bar is set high enough, but it’s as if we are not willing to settle to live our lives, based on ourselves, but through the lenses of others. It is, as if, we do not go above and beyond what is expected of a woman, then, we are not recognized or considered worthy. The pressure of perfection directed at women can be stopped by women striving to focus on their mind, body, and spirit rather than that of others. This can be done by limiting social media usage and learning your like and dislikes. To help, I can only be myself and encourage others to do the same forcing us to see each other as equals.