I consider myself a Jamaican immigrant with a successful story. I currently attend the Borough of Manhattan Community College majoring in Accounting with hopes of transferring to a four-year university in the spring of 2014. My journey has been a case study in overcoming obstacles and never letting negativity or hardship defer my dreams. Through my persistence and determination to maintain a high GPA, I garnered the privilege of becoming a member of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society at my school.
At BMCC, there is a program called Accelerated Study in Associate Programs (ASAP), which I was qualified for because of my high GPA. The ASAP program has been a great source of encouragement and a personal growth opportunity. My experience with ASAP has been one of support, encouragement, and accountability. I am in the ASAP Exceptional Student Profile as I was selected from a number of nominees and am now featured on the CUNY website under the program representing my school.
I was also selected as a scholar for the Accounting Scholar Development Program, which was held in Denver, Colorado, where I gained the experience of working and networking with accounting professionals, presented a competitive business case study, and attended career development sessions. This opportunity cemented and fueled my desire to become an accountant and exposed me to a wider range of accounting professionals who will undoubtedly aide me in my future career plans.
As a New York Needs You Fellow, I have been given the remarkable opportunity to be part of an organization that offers so many unique resources: internship support, being paired with a Mentor Coach, career development workshops, and being assigned an NYNY staff advisor. This program will further help me by providing me with the power of networking and advice I need to be successful throughout my life.