Ericka T

Ericka T

Pediatric Psychiatrist


Dream Job, USA

Milestones

My road in life took a while to figure out.
I learned a friend was suffering from mental illness.
I didn't want her to feel alone on the issue and studied on the subject in order to understand her.
I became passionate on the topic of mental well being.
At the same time I was in Girl Scouts and spent much time volunteering in the community.
wanted to create change and better the lives of youth both in a national scale and abroad.
I decided to pursue a life of service and guidance in hopes of improving the life of youth.
I went to university and earned an MD in psychiatry with a focus on adolescent development.
I began service projects and moved to a wider scale. I worked with Girl Scouts on these projects.

Education

High School
Bachelor
Human Biology
Stanford University
Graduate
Psychiatry Residency Program
Harvard University
Doctorate
Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Residency Program
Harvard University

Career

Pediatric Psychiatrist

I provide a safe space for youth to find guidance, counseling, and treatment.

Career Roadmap

Roadmap
My work combines:
My work combines:
Medicine
Non-Profit Organizations
Helping People

Day to Day

As a pediatric psychiatrist I provide medical treatment as well as counseling to my young patients. I am also the founder and President of a non profit organization which is dedicated in providing education in developing countries. I oversee the operational responsibilities and manage the organization,along with a devoted board of directors. I am also involved in Girl Scouts through a position on the board of directors.

Skills & Qualities Beyond School

Passion and dedication towards improving social issues.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for high school students

Become involved in your community, take time to participate in volunteer experiences and service projects. Become passionate on issues of social change and truly love helping others. If possible, take classes related to psychology, social sciences, and biology. Find internships or job shadowing opportunities in the field. Specifically in the field of pediatric psychiatry, find positions in which you can work with children.

Recommended Education

My career is related to what I studied. I'd recommend the path I took:

undergrad
Bachelor
Human Biology
graduate
Graduate
Psychiatry Residency Program
doctorate
Doctorate
Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Residency Program

Hurdles

The Noise I Shed

From Family:

""You can't be in more than one field" "You can't do that, you're a girl" "There's no money in that" "You aren't good enough" "There's always someone better, why try?" "Shouldn't you focus on getting married instead?""You're one person can't create change""

Challenges I Overcame

Financial
First-Generation College Student