- Date: 2/5/2019
- Sex: Female
- Resident Country: USA
- Education: Some College
What is your job right now?
I am a Communications intern at the Harvard School of Public Health, and I also work part time at the Procurement Services of Boston College, which is the school I attend.
What does youth wellbeing mean to you?
To me, youth wellbeing means that an adolescent is physically, mentally, socially and emotionally healthy and happy. Each of these aspects create a holistic view of health and wellbeing, and I believe that when one is not given attention or compromised, an adolescent cannot be fully well. However, I also think that there is no singular definition of youth wellbeing because different environments and cultures expect and allow for different standards for each of these aspects of health. In addition to these views on youth wellbeing that relate to the specific individual, I think there are other macro-factors that relate to wellbeing, including security. Even if a person is the epitome of health, I do not think that they are truly in a good condition of existence without larger comfort and protection, whether that be from one’s family or government. Altogether, to me, youth wellbeing is a complex term that is used to describe the condition of adolescence health and happiness, and this term can be looked at from various levels.
What does opportunity mean to you?
To me, opportunity means having the freedom to be able to pursue different alternatives. First, I think that opportunity means that one has the freedom to make their own choices without resistance or obstacles from outside forces, whether that be one’s own family, unwritten cultural rules or government laws. Without this freedom, people are not acting on their own will and could therefore be pursuing an “opportunity” that is not what is best for them or what they want. Second, I think that opportunity means having alternatives and resources around one that make it possible to do something, like a school for one to obtain an education at or a hospital for one to visit if they are sick. If one has the freedom of choice, but there are no resources, there can be no opportunity. Therefore, I see opportunity as a powerful word and a means to growth and achievement, which is only possible with freedom, resources and alternatives.
How is youth wellbeing related to opportunity?
I think that youth wellbeing is closely linked to opportunity in two key ways. One main connection I see is that youth wellbeing gives one the ability to pursue any opportunity that they come upon. Without adequate physical, social, mental and emotional health, I don’t think that a person can take full advantage of an opportunity they are given. My sophomore year of high school, I was diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease, and this lessened physical state permitted me from various opportunities, such as playing for my JV softball team or taking my AP exam. A second connection I see is that the macro conditions that are related to youth wellbeing like security can deter or promote someone’s desire to pursue an opportunity. For me, the safety and police presence at Boston College made it easier for me to pick up and move away from my family when I was eighteen, but if this was not the case, my desire to pursue this opportunity would be different. Overall, I see that youth wellbeing can affect both the ability for and desire to pursue an opportunity one has.
One opportunity that I have been very grateful for over the past four years is my doctors at Boston Medical Center. I have had Crohn’s Disease since the age of 15, and my team of doctors at BMC helped ensure that my transition to Boston and adult medicine was easy my freshman year of college, and have treated me through every flare-up and infection since then. Without the opportunity to be in such a medically advanced town and be near so many talented doctors, I often wonder where my physical health state and well being would beAlexis Krupa
Name of the Interviewer: Chase Currier
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