College: New York University
As the eldest of six children growing up in the South Bronx, learning how to be a leader was a must. My family comes from the smallest country on mainland Africa named The Gambia. Fortunately for my dad, he grew up well off. For my mom however, it was a struggle. For this reason, she vowed to provide for her children and make sure they live a better life than she did. As an effort to follow in her footsteps, I assumed a position of leadership rather quickly in order to be a model for my younger siblings.
I am currently a sophomore at New York University pursuing a bachelor’s degree in nursing. Upon receiving my degree I plan to pursue a master’s in psychiatric nursing. I hope to be a psychiatric nurse for children and adolescents in order to help younger kids develop physically, emotionally and mentally. As the first person in my family to attend college, I relied heavily on the guidance of the people outside of my immediate family. This experience has left me forever grateful to those who have guided me. I now know that I want to help others in the future. Sometimes I wonder how my life would have turned out had it not been for the people who played a major influential role in my life, like my grandfather. I plan to pass down the torch of inspiration to my own children. With the degrees I am pursuing I will be able to help my community in many ways. I want to be their inspiration, just like my grandfather was for me.
NYNY will provide me with support that will allow me to thrive during my undergraduate years and the years to follow. Although my parents will always be there for me, I need the guidance of individuals with professional experience. Through the NYNY community, I will have the opportunity to learn from professionals who work in many different industries which is something my college will not be able to expose me to. NYNY will help me make my dreams a reality. New York needs a nurse like me and I am ready to deliver.