College: Baruch College
Although I was born in Latvia, I consider myself a true New Yorker. I have lived in Brooklyn for as long as I can remember. Growing up, I watched my mother endure a life full of struggle to be able to provide for our family of four women. She worked three jobs to be able to pay for a small, private Russian school, in the hopes of keeping me alive to my culture. Her difficult road taught me the importance of being prepared for anything that life throws at you.
Thanks to my mother, I learned to seize every opportunity and make the best of it. One of my biggest accomplishments thus far has been getting accepted into a specialized high school. That brought a glow to my mother’s eyes, which had been clouded by years of hardship. However, entering a public high school of 5,000 students was quite a shocking and stressful transition for me personally. I struggled with finding a balance between school, sleep, and serenity, but I persevered and graduated with the support of my family and friends.
Today, I attend Baruch College and am a Dean’s Scholar. My intended major is Statistics & Quantitative Analysis. In high school I enjoyed mathematics, and I have always been fascinated with the mind and its relation to behavior. For that reason, I recently declared my minor in Psychology. I aspire to find a rewarding profession where I can experience the best of both worlds - research and social interaction. Through my experiences interning at financial firms, I believe that exposure to the business world and all of its different aspects is necessary to attain my aspirations and find my fit professionally.
NYNY provides exposure to young and ambitious individuals to grow professionally and educationally. It demonstrates the power of a motivated community and what it can do for the future. A component of program that I rely on is the advice from experts, which helps me broaden my horizons. I am very thankful to this program for creating a solid foundation and network to build from.