Two graduating seniors, Cheyenne DeShields and Iesha Gadsden have decided to take a gap year with City Year. City Year is a great opportunity to build career experience, leadership skills, and make a difference in the lives of children. They are currently offering full-time positions to approaching graduates interested in doing a paid, year of service. To learn more, contact recruiter Kenya Hollins at kwarren@cityyear.org

Cheyenne DeShields

Hometown: Newark, Delaware

As you approach graduation, in one word how would you describe your college experience at Xavier?
Humbling!

What are your career goals?
I hope to work in the mental health field, specifically with adolescents and young adults. I would also love to experiment with different types of therapy, such as music and pet therapy, to connect with as many people as possible. Good mental health puts young people on the right track towards dealing with the stresses of adult life with resilience and grace.

Why did you choose City Year as a gap year?
I chose City Year as a gap year because I could not pass up the opportunity to help students see a brighter future beyond their current circumstances. Ten years ago, I never would have imagined myself going to college and having career goals. I did not know many people who had completed college, and I had no idea what it would take to get this far. I want to be a positive role model to students so that attending college is a desire that they have long before they enter their senior year of high school. I want to emphasize to students the importance of creating good academic habits and maintaining a good work ethic that will sustain them throughout all of their years in school and in life.

Iesha Gadsden

Hometown: Washington DC

As you approach graduation, in one word how would you describe your college experience at Xavier?
Motivating

What are your career goals?
My career goal after I graduate is to become a mental health clinician. I want to work with people of all ages who are suffering from mental illness. I not only want to help them overcome their illness, but also decrease the stigma that surrounds mental illness.

Why did you choose City Year as a gap year?
I chose City Year because I believe it would be a rewarding experience for me. City Year works with youth in poverty-stricken areas that may not be aware of the opportunities that surround them. These are some of the youth that statistics say can end up in prison, so I would like to be able to work with them, mentor them and guide them in the right direction. I want them to understand that they are able to do anything they set their minds to. When I was in high school, volunteers with City Year worked with me. I never imagined myself doing what they did, but I now understand how beneficial it was in my life.

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