Follower Fridays is a series of profiles highlighting members of Gaysian
Third Space to showcase the diversity of gaysians in the Community.
This week’s featured member is @jaeserrado.
Who are you?
My name is Jerome (Jae, for short), and I’m a 23 year-old graduate student at NYU!
Where are you from?
Orange County, NY (home to West Point Military Academy and the Woodbury Common Premium Outlet mall).
What do you do?
I’m a part-time sales associate for Clark’s in the Woodbury Commons, and a full-time public health student at NYU. My concentration is in Community Health Science Practice.
What are you passionate about?
I’m passionate about health promotion and self-expression. I firmly believe that everyone deserves access to basic healthcare services AND education, because the latter is your strongest weapon in today’s world. As an aspiring doctor, I want to empower my patients and my community to express themselves through healthy creative outlets, such as dance, music, visual art, or writing. For me, personally, music, dance, and writing tumblr posts have helped me immensely with venting my emotions, especially when I struggle to physically verbalize what I feel.
What is your dream job (real or fantasy)?
My dream job is to be a family practice physician with clinical interests in sexual/reproductive health. I would love to have my own community health center one day, to provide accessible preventive health screenings as well as affordable HIV/STD/pregnancy testing. At the same time, I would offer innovative workshops to my patients on various health topics, and confer with other providers on how we can keep improving our healthcare system and evidence-based practice. Finally, I’d love to be a professor of public health and Philippine languages…and be concertmaster of the New York Philharmonic Orchestra.
Essentially, I’m an overachiever at heart. I just want to do everything, hahaha.
If you could change the world with one idea, what would it be?
Take a mental health day once in a while! It’s really important to keep yourself in check with the amount of tasks you delegate to yourself every day. While it’s good to stay occupied so no time is wasted and productivity is maintained, productivity and energy can spiral downwards if you’re not in the right mindset. So take a personal day off, relax, sleep in, get some fresh air, play with your pets, hang with friends and fam, and treat yourself! It’ll do you a lot of good!
Any personal plugs?