College: Baruch College
My name is Milos and four years ago I immigrated to the United States from Serbia. Years of war in my country and the corruption that followed forced me to start a new life in a better place. While in Serbia I was enrolled in college, and after receiving my U.S. green card I became eligible for financial aid and immediately grabbed the wonderful opportunity to finish my education in America.
While I was studying in Serbia my sister helped me pay my tuition. She worked every day and gave most of the money she made to me for my tuition. She had dropped out of college many years ago and did not want the same thing happening to me. Now, while I am in the U.S., I send money back home to help her because she does not have a job. I will never forget what she did for me.
I am a rising junior at Baruch College majoring in accounting. I plan to get an internship in accounting which would give me greater exposure to the field, and upon graduation, allow me to take the CPA exam and improve my chances of reaching my long term goal: to become a forensic accountant. This field inspires me because it brings together knowledge of accounting and law, and requires extremely honest and credible people. Growing up in a corrupt system and watching factories where my parents worked become ruined by criminally conducted privatization, made me become interested in preventing the same thing from happening to other employees who are victims of unjust and unethical business practices.
When I read about the NYNY program I said to myself, “Wow, this program seems specially designed for my needs.” I am the youngest of four children and all my siblings were at some point enrolled in college, but none of them finished college because of financial difficulty and war. I promised myself that I would be the first one to succeed and pull my other siblings out of poverty. What impresses me the most in this program is the diversity of students with similar backgrounds and stories. They are all determined to persist in making their families proud of them. In an environment like this, and by supporting one another, it is much easier to build a path to success.