College: John Jay College of Criminal Justice
NYNY Internships: Office of Representative Eliot Engel and John Jay McNair Program
I am a young Jamaican man who immigrated to America at the age of 17, aspiring to fulfill my dreams here in New York. Being a first-generation college student, there were several instances when I contemplated giving up on my education, and thought I might instead work to support my family financially. Sometimes I still question why I attend college. But even when times are trying, my parents stress the importance of a college degree over their own short term financial comfort. My mother cares deeply about my academic success, and my father has shaped me into the young man I am today—bold, ambitious, and driven.
As a career, I am interested in non-fiction writing and corporate law. I know this is a unique combination of interests, but every individual has something unique to offer. Why do no two snowflakes have the same design? Being unique is about understanding yourself and your passions, and sometimes these passions cannot be explained. I know I can pursue both of these interests because my ambition is exceptionally strong. I have learned that when you combine action and dreams, those dreams become attainable and nothing can hold you back.
The New York Needs You Program helps to broaden my perspective on life, teach me to chase my full potential, point me in the right direction, and enhance my leadership, relationships, and job opportunities. Here, I have learned the value of service. I will be successful, but I must also help others along the way. I am driven to become a meaningful member of society both professionally and socially, and the New York Needs You Fellowship Program will help me reach my full potential.