Giselle Medina

Contributing Writer l New York, NY

Giselle was born in Manhattan, just a few miles away from where she grew up in Jackson Heights. She is currently pursuing a degree in Journalism and Creative Writing at CUNY Baruch in New York. Her interest in Psychology originated during her Sophomore year when she created a mental health podcast. The answers she received about the mental state of her interviewees (who were actually her friends) shocked her. Despite the childhood dream of wanting to become a chef, she’s pursuing Journalism in the hopes of becoming a radio host; but don’t assume her kitchen has become irrelevant. She comments that, “My kitchen is my creative and thinking space. It is where I can leave my worries behind and just bake my heart away.” The kitchen is still her favorite place in the world and her dearest memories are the ones of her cooking with her grandmother. Advocating for others who don’t have a voice is something she is very passionate about. In a group setting, Giselle considers herself as the ‘mom’ friend. She loves taking leadership roles, making sure everyone in the group is accounted for, and she is usually the go-to-person for advice. Her family is the most important thing in the world and she reflects on how democratic they’ve always been with one another. She says about those closest to her that, “All in all, I like to make sure that the people around me are happy. ”

“The way the world is right now, kindness, understanding, and openness is something we need more of. When I was younger, I used to think that the world was perfect, but it’s not. It is super complex and needs to be taken care of. Like the world, the human race is also complex and essentially we are here to help each other. We should be supporting each other and lending a helping hand to anyone in need.”