College: University at Albany
My journey began in Brooklyn, NY, where the streets are filled with noise and bustle. Growing up in Brooklyn showed me a realistic view of what I will be dealing with in the real world. Not only has Brooklyn made me who I am, but my Afghan culture shaped me as well. As an Afghani woman, I have had to overcome a double minority stereotype. With my family’s support, I have grown into a strong, capable woman despite society’s expectations – a woman who is determined to succeed, and to help my family succeed.
I love my family, but the women in my family have my heart. My two sisters, my mother and I have gone through significant obstacles. Their resilience has given me the drive to go out of my comfort zone and apply to the University at Albany. I now attend the University at Albany as a Human Biology major and a business minor. At the University I am a founder and President of the VALUES foundation and a mentor for underprivileged children.
You can’t do everything yourself, and the New York Needs You program will help me along my road to success. It will give me the push, the drive, the confidence and the help I need to get my life together. It will help me with my future dreams as well as helping other woman strive and achieve the things they were told they never could. I will succeed for the women that wish they had the chance I have, back home; this is a promise.