Selina Velazquez- Community Engagement Manager

Like most people, 2020 was a whirlwind year for me. I finished my last semester of college virtually over a thousand miles away from my college campus in my parent’s house. And although it wasn’t how I envisioned I would spend the conclusion of my college career it was everything I didn’t know I needed. I was forced to take a moment, stop and do nothing. This leaves a lot of time to think, and I realized I wasn’t happy. I spent so much of my time trying to stick to this timeline in my head that equated to success and I never gave myself a moment to ask myself if I was really happy. So when I realized that I wasn’t, I was plagued by the question, “What makes me happy?” And after a lot of searching, I found the answer. I am happiest when I can help others. I didn’t know how I wanted to help but when I learned about Project Helping I knew right away that it was how I wanted to get involved. Breaking the stigma surrounding mental health is extremely important to me and getting to do so while helping others is something I feel extremely grateful to have the opportunity to do.

When I am not at work I love reading, going to concerts, looking for the best-hidden gem food places locally, and rewatching Criminal Minds for the thousandth time.

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