An analysis into Maternal, Child and Refugee Health
Organized by: Hortance Houngbeke
Hello, my name is Hortance.
After five years at VCU, I have finally graduated. Each year, I’ve had to get a second or third job to financially support myself and have some to get by. Though I was able to complete school, taking time from my studies to work affected my grades as I was rejected from some graduate schools I have applied to. However, there was a little light at the end of the tunnel as I was waitlisted at one of the top schools of my choice but realistically, I knew I wouldn't be able to attend due to the high cost of tuition.
I moved to the states when I was 11 and year after year, I invested into the American dream. I wanted to do better academically not only for myself but also for my parents because of all they have sacrificed for me to have dreams bigger than myself. However, It wasn’t the end of undergrad that I realized what I really wanted to do. Some may say the last five years must’ve have been a waste but I believe it has prepared me even more for what is about to happen.
This has not been something I wanted to do since I was a kid but after series of misfortunate events, I started focusing on how traumatic experiences shape behaviors. As a survivor of assault, I constantly worried of how my experiences play a role in my interactions with others and how they may change the way I teach my kids about the world they will live in. There are many like me that have gone through similar experiences and at times, worse. There was an article not written long ago concerning how hereditary trauma may be mediated. It was a research that highlighted how trauma can be passed down from one generation to another.
Extreme and traumatic events can change a person and I want to learn of ways to prevent how those experiences negatively affect the lives of families. Every day, some families experience the trauma of dangerously crossing borders for hopes of a better world. Though some of their stories are untold, the thing that certainly remains is the trauma they endured. It is something that affects how they see the world, and how they raise their children. I want to further my studies by focusing on maternal and child health and refugee health.
Application after application I was denied the opportunity to learn more on this topic but I wanted to give it one more try. So I applied internationally, and as rigorous as the application and interview process was, I was accepted to the University of Dublin in Ireland, Trinity College of Dublin to be exact.
After receiving their acceptance, I was so thankful to have been rejected by the other schools and did not think twice before committing to the 2016-2017 Master of Science in Global Health program. I am using this platform today because I do not have sufficient funds to cover the tuition fee of the program. Though the education fee in European countries is nothing compared to that of the US, I am in dire need of financial help to cover the cost of the program.. The tuition fee for a non European Union student in the University of Dublin is approximately $19,000.
Unfortunately, because I applied late during the application period, there weren't many scholarships that I am eligible to apply got as a non-Irish/non-European MS student. My funding goal partially includes the cost of the flight and would help me get situated while I look for employment in Ireland.
I currently work in retail full time, tutor part time and I am also selling some of my belongings to make this happen. I am grateful for anything you can donate to help me continue my education. Thank you so much for your support! Hortance