I moved over 10 times in my life while growing up. However, I never strayed too far from my birthplace of Queens, NY. Born to Colombian parents, I was extremely fortunate to have a mother and a father who instilled both a strong community and work ethic in me. As a child, I was filled with curiosity and was always pushed to investigate my interests.
Entering high school, my curiosity led me to participate in a high school leadership program; Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC). Little did I know this program would become the catalyst for my path towards a career in public service. In my final year of JROTC, I was chosen to lead a company of over 200 students enrolled in the program. In doing so, I gained much insight in what it meant to be a leader. I learned about the importance of teamwork and how effective one can be in instigating change with the right level of motivation and dedication.
I am currently a student at the Macaulay Honors College at Hunter College working towards a degree in Political Science with double minors in Economics and Dance. My primary interest lies within education reform but more specifically to work towards narrowing the achievement gap between high and low-income students. Through various school and internship experiences, I became aware of the importance of a supportive environment and individualized attention for academic success. Moving forward, I wish to work in various sectors working towards education reform in order to develop a comprehensive and working knowledge of this multifaceted issue. With all the lessons I have learned, and with all the insights I am determined to gain in the future, I wish to one day create and lead my own non-profit organization working towards education reform.