I was born in the Dominican Republic and came to the United States in 2005 with my two younger brothers and my mother. Unfortunately, my father was not able to come with us. When my mother arrived, she worked in a perfume factory in New Jersey to support us. Some days she would work twelve hours a day to ensure that we had what we needed to go to school. I work extremely hard and value my education today because I want to provide for her.
I am currently a senior at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in Manhattan working toward a dual bachelor’s and master’s degree in Forensic Psychology. I expect to complete both degrees in May 2016. I am presently completing an internship in the Manhattan Criminal Court with the New York City Police Department where I learn how the justice system works.
I am proud to be a part of America Needs You because I am the first to attend college and will be the first to enter into a career in my family. I am paving the way for my brothers; I am excited to help my younger siblings when they attend college. My future goals are to teach at the college level, and to work for a federal or state law enforcement agency.