College: John Jay College
I grew up in the hilly sand and clay region of Guyana. Before I joined my sister and father’s family in America, I lived with relatives. My mother, a young single parent of three, allowed me to live with other relatives for educational reasons. My mother and my grandfather are my inspirations. Because they were unable to achieve their dreams, they worked hard to ensure I achieve mine. They taught me the value of a good education and how I can use it to help others. My grandfather found joy in calling me his lawyer because I loved arguing.
As I got older, my passion for the law grew primarily because I saw how it can help people who did not have the skills to successfully help themselves. I am currently a member of the Pre Law Institute at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, where I am also majoring in Criminal Justice. After John Jay, I plan to complete my graduate studies, obtain a JD then pursue a career as a civil rights attorney and judge. Although, my main focus is law, I am also interested in education. After coming to America and experiencing how difficult it is to acquire a good education, I would like to create a non-profit organization that will educate and empower immigrants through mentoring and tutoring.
New York Needs You is helping me to achieve my dreams by surrounding me with mentors who will guide me as I develop the leadership and networking skills to succeed in my career. As I attend each workshop, I am more aware of my potential and how I can use it to benefit others. NYNY has inspired me to reach higher, look beyond what I thought were limitations and serve as a positive source for others, just as it has been for me.