College: Kingsborough Community College
I was born into a world where dreams rarely come true, a place where it seems as if everyone works hard; but very few make it out of the environment from which they came. Overcrowded and culturally eclectic are words that can vividly describe my neighborhood, Flatbush, Brooklyn. Growing up in Flatbush as the youngest of six was like a roller coaster ride filled with numerous dips and turns that would threaten the colorful dreams of my youth. As a child it was my mother and older cousin who influenced me to never give up on my dreams. Without them I highly doubt that I would be the person that I am today. At the age of twelve I was diagnosed with Helicobacter pylori, a bacterial infection of the stomach that is known to cause ulcers and cancer if not properly treated. This ailment forced me to miss five years of school during which much of my young life was overwhelmed by doctor visits and hospitals. During this difficult time my mother and cousin helped me realize that my life was not yet over. They offered me nurturing support, encouraged me to read books on sociology, and forced me into intellectual conversations about politics, business and the arts. These past life experiences have made me realize that with strong determination and a driven spirit I can achieve anything that I set my mind to.
I am currently attending Kingsborough Community College as an honors student majoring in Liberal Arts with hopes of transferring to a four year university in the spring of 2013. I have always found myself intrigued by all things artistic. Perhaps this is why I find myself drawn to careers that involve fashion, the social sciences, and writing. My ultimate desire is to one day have a career that will allow me to help influence and dictate trends in society. In my spare time I enjoy reading, discovering new trends in the fashion industry, and engaging in intellectual conversations.
New York Needs You gives students like me the opportunity to explore the many professions that this world has to offer, while also guiding fellows into careers that would best suit our distinct personalities. For me NYNY is like a home away from home, a place where I can go and know that there is always someone who wants me to succeed. NYNY is giving me the experience that I need to help prepare for whatever career I end up choosing by strengthening my networking skills and by giving me the resources I need to become better acquainted with the professional world. Ever since I can remember, I have had the tendency to dream as far as my mind would allow. Being a part of NYNY has given me the confidence that I need to not only achieve the dreams of my childhood, but to dream even bigger than I could ever imagine.