Coordinator of the Month: Kenai McFadden
Name: Kenai McFadden
Hometown: Orangeburg, SC
College Attended / Major: Duke University / BS in Chemistry with Concentration in Pharmacology / Minor in Psychology with Concentration in Positive Psychology
HealthCorps School Placement/State/City: Sharpstown High School / Texas / Houston
Fun Fact: I throw down on the dance floor, especially Latin dancing!
HC: How did you become involved with HealthCorps?
KM: I found HealthCorps through my university’s career center website while working a late shift at the library. After some more research, I took a shot in the dark and applied. I’m so lucky to have been accepted and placed at Sharpstown!
HC: What is your favorite HealthCorps activity at your school?
KM: Cooking Club! The club has a very cohesive feel, like a big family that just enjoys cooking and eating after school every Thursday. We don’t play around in the kitchen either; students have made some of the most fancy and tasteful dishes I’ve ever seen. We grade ourselves on Kitchen Efficiency, Plate Presentation, and of course, Taste!
HC: Outside of the classroom, what are some of the activities in which you are involved?
KM : I grew up in a small town, so I love going out into Houston and finding new places with things I never would have seen at home. This year, I’ve been applying to graduate schools, playing my ukulele, reading, and exploring the city with my girlfriend, who also works for a non-profit!
HC: What do you plan to pursue after your service to HealthCorps is complete?
KM: My next steps are to obtain a Master’s in Public Health before deciding whether I will go forward into medicine. I’m not sure yet where in America I’ll land for school, but I’m sure that I will be working to support whatever community I find myself in.
HC: What is one thing you have learned from your placement that you will be able to carry with you as you move forward in life?
KM: HealthCorps taught me about mental, physical, and nutritional health, but it also taught me so much about life that I didn’t realize I would learn. I will take with me the knowledge that a significant impact can be made in a community by resolving to stick to solid values and by doing what you know is right. The HealthCorps norms are now a part of my personal creed, and the people in my HealthCorps family will be lifelong friends. Thanks so much, HealthCorps 😀
We want to thank Kenai McFadden for his exceptional work and congratulate him for being this month’s coordinator of the month.