2024 – Nate D

Nate D

Nate hails from Chicago and attended Walter Payton College Prep Academy. While Nate starred at quarterback for his undefeated high school team it was his transparency about his struggles with mental health that first caught our eye. Nate has had to deal with racism even within his own football team and at school where racial isolation is commonplace. The burdens of being a captain of the football team, excelling at school, and helping out around the house with three younger siblings while witnessing violence in his daily life have weighed on him. As Nate writes, he brings “a unique understanding and empathy to my future role as a psychiatrist. With my education, I can help children like me get the treatment they need at an early age.”