I graduated from SUNY Stony Brook with a BS in Biology and a specialization in Neuroscience. I have completed clinical research projects for Post-Stroke Apathy and Parkinson's Disease, but accessible mental health care is a cause that gives me direction and purpose. Through personal experience I have come to know the shortcomings and disparity among medical treatment in our society. Being raised by a single mother in low socioeconomic areas, as well as witnessing the burden of addiction, epilepsy, and depression on my family, has vastly affected my life. I remember numerous times when my mother and I forwent medical treatment due to expenses or when medical treatment was not conducive to effective treatment. The lack of a basic human right such as accessible healthcare, especially in the mental health field, is unacceptable and I am proud to have the opportunity to make a change.