College: College of Staten Island
I was born in a convent in a small town in Ecuador called “La Troncal”. My mother migrated to the United States when I was 3 years of age to provide her daughters with an education opportunity. I was raised by my grandparents up to the age of 7 in a small town called “La Voluntad de Dios” (Gods Will), the place I still call my home. I grew up in Sunset Park in Brooklyn. I have lived here ever since I moved to the United States.
I still recall my first days in second grade and remember crying every morning before school. I felt disoriented and out of place because family, friends, school and the culture were different. I started by learning the days of the week and taking ESL classes in Elementary school and graduated High school with AP in English. At the same time I was happy to have been reunited with my mother, whom at first seemed as a stranger to me because I had been accustomed to call my grandmother “mom”. Years went by and I started mastering the language. I knew that mastering English was not going to be easy, but as the days went by I dedicated myself to become a better reader, writer, and speaker. Today I continue to improve my English writing, speaking, and reading skills.
I am a Verrazano student in the College of Staten Island entering my Junior Year. I am pursuing a double major in Psychology and Communications. I seek to learn something new every day not only academically, but also from other individuals as well. Learning is a passion. Throughout the years, I have met individuals who have had an impact on my life for better or for worse and have made life lasting memories together as well as friendships. Last semester I had the opportunity to take a Gender in the Contemporary World class which happens to be one of my favorite courses. I learned to cherish myself more and be proud to be a woman that is to question everything and not take anything for granted. I also took part of the Women's Center Internship last semester in which college women come together and advocate women's rights and needs. As an intern I had the opportunity to plan, advertise and conduct my own event advocating women's rights. I thought it was a great opportunity to plan an event about how gender has an impact on our everyday life, so I had invited two great guest speakers. One of them was a single mother, Hispanic, college student, who in my opinion is an example of a survivor. My second guest speaker was my professor for my gender course. The title of my event was “Women & Gender” which took place at an intimate round table in which we shared memories and discussed what it meant for us to be women, as well as the obstacles we have overcome to be where we are today. For me these memories are meaningful, I carry them with myself as I go on to find my place in society. It is not only great to be recognized but also to recognize those individuals who have come so far in their life and happen to be just like you,carrying a dream, and a goal in life.
My career dream is to open my own practice. I am interested in working with children.
I am also interested in becoming part of the media industry. Pursuing a career in psychology as well as in communications, and as a New York Needs You fellow I look forward to growing as an individual, career wise and on a personal level. The NYNY Fellowship Program has inspired me to believe in myself on a larger scale. My ambition to prosper has taught me not to set a limit in how far a dream can take you when you really want it. Throughout the years I have met many remarkable individuals who want to see you succeed and others who may not. However being part of the NYNY Fellowship has made me realize that it’s okay to succeed and it’s even better when you see others succeed along with you. I look forward to improve my public speaking skills. Meeting new people and making new friendships is always a satisfaction. I want to find my place in my community but most of all to challenge myself to find new horizons.