Joel Colon

University of Massachusetts Boston

Joel Colon is a sophomore Psychology major at the University of Massachusetts Boston. Since he overcame a personal health crisis during high school, he has been committed to helping low income children stay healthy and safe. Joel wants to be a Child Psychologist to help young children overcome tragedy and obstacles in their lives. Growing up in Lawrence, Massachusetts, he volunteered often through his church. Additionally, Joel volunteered with homeless shelters in the area. Since coming to the University of Massachusetts Boston, Joel participated in a freshman leadership program that led him to get involved with the Office of Student Leadership and Community Engagement, where he now works as the Program Assistant for Community Engagement. As a Program Assistant, he helps organize days of service for up to 200 people, as well as other service events throughout the year to promote volunteering and engage his peers in giving back to the Boston community.

Dr. J. Keith Motley PhD
University of Massachusetts Boston

Personal Statement

Being deeply involved with my community has always been a driving force in my life. Growing up, I have always been dedicated to assisting those in need in my city. I have dedicated my life to helping the people of my community, especially homeless families, a cause about which I feel very strongly. Continuing my passion for service in college has continued to shape the type of person that I am. I have had the privilege of working as the Program Assistant in the Office of Student Leadership and Community Engagement, and through this position I have been able to show students on campus the great need within our community and the reason why I serve - to help those that have had a rough time in life.

Joel Colon
Psychology: Class of 2018
written 2016

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Karmen Kurtz, UNC Asheville Erin Coggins, UNC Charlotte Juan Emilio García Estrada, Universidad de Monterrey Sonce Reese, University of Baltimore Lillian McEntire, University of Central Arkansas Katie Richard, University of Central Oklahoma Joshua Higginbotham, University of Charleston Elizabeth Charash, University of Connecticut Kayla J. McLaughlin, University of Dayton Ciera Kathryn Blehm, University of Denver Andy Garcia, University of Florida Brittany Shipman, University of Great Falls Rima Nimri, University of Illinois at Chicago Maribel Hernandez, University of La Verne Benjamin Webster, University of Maryland Eastern Shore Rachael Parran, University of Maryland, Baltimore Max Poole, University of Maryland, Baltimore County Joel Colon, University of Massachusetts Boston Chris LaPorte, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Alexis Musick, University of Miami Hawa Ali, University of Minnesota Rochester Daniel Mueller, University of Missouri - St. Louis Mackenzie Lombardi, University of Montana Katelyn Gonczy, University of Mount Union Antonio Campbell, University of Nebraska Omaha Zachary Bolster, University of New Hampshire Michael Elliott, University of New Hampshire - Manchester John Blessing, University of North Georgia Shelby Yates, University of Northern Iowa Caitlin Hodges, University of Notre Dame Jeffrey Wiseman, University of Pennsylvania Ian Kanterman, University of Rhode Island Jennifer Paradis, University of Saint Joseph Jessica Villa, University of San Francisco Theresa M. Lacey, University of South Carolina Beaufort Cindy Kuo, University of Utah Mirella Espino, University of Wisconsin Colleges-University of Wisconsin-Extension Nasitta Keita, University of Wisconsin-Madison Marley Uran, University of Wisconsin-Parkside
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