College: John Jay College
My parents got divorced when I was very young. Due to their separation I moved to Staten Island, from New Jersey with my mom and sister, where I grew up in a very close-knit neighborhood where my grandparents, two aunts, uncle, seven cousins, and my immediate family all live within fifteen minutes of each other. My large, Italian family makes it a point to get together every Friday for dinner and every holiday possible -- especially NY Giants football on Sundays. Though I come from such a large family, I am a trailblazer as I am the first person to attend a four-year college. Although my parents are divorced I still visit my dad and younger brother every weekend possible. Attending college is important to me because it is helping me grow personally and professionally in a way that will not just benefit myself, but also my family. I will develop the resources to help my youngest cousins and brother throughout their educational careers.
I am currently pursuing a degree in international criminal justice at John Jay College of Criminal Justice. Living in Staten Island while attending John Jay is difficult. Sometimes I need to wake up at 2:00 am to catch the ferry to get an early start on schoolwork, but the experience has been amazing. Selecting a career to pursue after graduation has been difficult, though I know I am interested in pursuing a career where I could help others. Currently, I am interested in doing counterterrorism work with either the FBI or Homeland Security. One other path that I have become increasingly interested in is attending law school. The reason for this has been my participation in collegiate policy debate with the John Jay Debate Society. For a large portion of my life I was strongly opposed to the idea of being a lawyer. However, since becoming a part of the debate society I have learned many of the skills necessary for policy debate. This has been an activity I have grown to love and is similar to the skills necessary to succeed in law school.
NYNY is important to me because it provides the guidance and resources necessary for me to select and pursue a career. By providing the fellows with mentors, NYNY helps me to never feel alone in my academic and professional life. Although I have multiple career interests and have yet to make up my mind, the support NYNY provides helps me to feel secure with where my life is and confident in where it is headed.