Goodnight Spotlight: Danielle Cain
As a young child, Goodnight Scholar and Chemical Engineering major Danielle Cain T’22 was given the nickname “Journey” by her grandmother. As Danielle approaches graduation in May, she recognizes that even though the nickname “Journey” has phased out, the nickname truly represents her path to academic and personal success. Read our latest Goodnight Scholars spotlight to learn about Danielle’s journey moving from Jamaica to the United States, her unique interests in both engineering and healthcare, and her advice to live a life without regret.
Goodnight Scholars Program: Tell me about yourself and your journey to GSP?
Danielle Cain T’22: My name is Danielle Cain. I was born and raised on the island of Jamaica. As a young child, my grandmother gave me the nickname “Journey” as I was constantly on the go. I was typically up from 4:00am to head off to preschool, and would be back home around 8pm to accommodate for traffic and my mom’s work schedule. Though the nickname phased out, it truly represents my path. I got quite involved in national debate competitions while in primary-level school, where I was always awarded the best-speaker title, and for a while I was convinced I would be a lawyer! I progressed to Immaculate Conception High School, where my life truly changed for the better. My eyes had been opened and my consciousness piqued, I had been exposed to a global community where the phenomenal people around me inspired me to broaden my horizons, think outside the box, and they challenged me to view the world as my oyster while maintaining respect for self and others. After high school, I relocated to the USA where my college journey commenced despite the many barriers faced. The Goodnight Scholars Program has invested greatly in helping my dreams to be realized and has helped me with my personal growth and development.
Describe obstacles endured during your college journey?
The greatest challenge has been navigating a new country and culture without diminishing my identity. The first challenge was financial-based as at the beginning of the journey I was truly lost on how to accomplish all I aspired to, however with scholarships I have been fortunate to overcome this hurdle. The second challenge has been remaining resilient in accomplishing my goals despite not visually fitting the mold of what success typically looks like in America. My relentlessness and fighting spirit have prevented me from throwing in the towel upon encountering wearying instances where I was dismissed or defamed.
What is your major and what are your aspirations?
My major is Chemical Engineering with a minor in Spanish. Since I have struggled with adjusting to American culture, I have recognized the importance of understanding different cultures. To understand a culture one must first understand the people, a restriction is often language barriers, therefore it was a no-brainer to continue improving my Spanish fluency while in college. My major Chemical Engineering was pursued as I wanted to remain practical. Engineering offered the opportunity to problem-solve, and to think outside the box on how to remedy current challenges faced by societies. My aspirations however, are quite unique to the scope of Chemical Engineering. I have spent most of my time outside the classroom immersed in healthcare spaces. My greatest joy is often derived from my interactions with patients and implementing the notion of compassionate care. I have served as a clinic assistant intern at a local non-profit clinic that provides free healthcare services to patients who lack health insurance coverage and who are living at or below the poverty line, many who are of immigrant backgrounds. The healthcare sector in the U.S. is unique as if a patient lacks health insurance coverage the costs for healthcare services are exorbitantly high. My heart lies within the healthcare space, I hope that my life’s journey allows for me to derive fulfillment by serving the most vulnerable and diverse patient populations.
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This post was originally published in Goodnight Scholars Program.