College: Hunter College
NYNY Internships: Mentoring Summer Research Internship Program and Black Women's Blueprint
I grew up in small town called Montebello. There, the Rocky Mountains of Colorado stood inconspicuously strong and far away, always exhibiting profound scenery. Despite its enormous backdrop, this was a small suburban town where the closest corner store was a car ride away. It was an area limited not only by its physical borders, but also by its small town mentality. Dreams didn’t stray far beyond the city limits. People’s lives were led by expectations and nothing more than that. In Colorado, all I had was a limited expectation.
This was the town I lived in and this was my mindset. My destiny changed as I passed the sign announcing, “You are leaving Colorado,” and my dreams were born as I reached the sign proclaiming, “Welcome to New York City.” This city has allowed me to expand my own dreams while appreciating diversity, people, and culture. Most importantly, the city has provided me the opportunity to escape the limiting expectations of my hometown and realize all of the world’s opportunities. Professionally, my move to New York City fostered a desire to learn. I aspire to study cultures from an anthropological perspective so that I can understand people and the societies that they create. In New York, I dream past the boundaries of the state.
The city has opened my mind to the world. New York has provided me with determination to be a leader. NYNY compliments this, providing me with skills that cannot be taught in textbooks or magazines. Thanks to NYNY, I am more confident about who I am both professionally and personally. My family provided me with the drive, and NYNY provides me with the tools to excel in a world that sometimes seems to impede success.