College: New York University
I was born in Jakarta, Indonesia along with my parents and four brothers. In 1997, when I was three years old, we came to America for a short family vacation to Disney World, with the exception of my eldest brother who stayed behind. The Indonesian riot turned that vacation into a permanent residence, separating my family.
My childhood ranged from living in the rundown dilapidated tenements of Chinatown to various other neighborhoods such as Brooklyn, Alabama, and finally, our own suburban home in Long Island. My father’s job as a furniture repairman kept us moving around, but his firm work ethic, perseverance and integrity taught us that the rewards for hard work are great. With every new home we moved into, he never failed to prove himself right.
Sixteen years later, through the unrelenting determination, hope, and efforts of my family, we are met with signs of success. Currently I am a sophomore on a full scholarship to New York University through the Higher Education Opportunity Programs. I’ve declared a double major in Urban Design and Architecture Studies and Economics. I peer through the blinds of my window every morning to confirm that Greenwich Village is my very own home now, and that it is not a dream. I am an accepted Fellow of the NYNY Class of 2012, my most recent and proud accomplishment.
The trials of being an immigrant as well as a low-income family member and first-generation college student have taught me that the road to success has no end. It is indefinitely far, and so I can never stop dreaming or pursuing. NYNY has further fueled my hopes to hone my skills and knowledge of the architecture field to a global scale.