Caitlin Baard is a resident of College Point, New York, and completed her B.A. in mathematics and philosophy. She recently began her studies for a Master of Arts degree in counseling psychology at Felician College. Caitlin has a long resumé of volunteer service, including school-led trips to Nicaragua and Haiti. In Nicaragua, her group worked with local farmers, built wheelchairs with the American Nurses Foundation, and visited local clinics, schools and two orphanages. In Haiti, Caitlin spent two weeks teaching English to schoolchildren.
About her perspective on service and career aspirations, in her Cornaro application Caitlin wrote: “Growing up, service was always a critical part of my life. I realized early on that our society is purely ruled by the interactions between people that occur and is centered on a dependence of others. This became very apparent to me when I was 12 years old and my family unexpectedly became homeless. During the year and a half of experiencing life in homeless shelters and the welfare system, I recognized how important and essential human kindness and assistance are to the well-being of every person. This experience allowed me not only to have the familiarity of being the individual giving back, but also gave me the ability to truly appreciate someone else's service. Playing the part of both the giver and the receiver, I truly understand how important service is and how much I want to dedicate my life to helping others who may face unforeseen hardships.” After earning her degree in Counseling Psychology, Caitlin would like to work with individuals struggling with homelessness and who are confronted with poverty.