College: John Jay College of Criminal Justice
NYNY Internships: National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism and National Center for Risk and Economic Analysis of Terrorism Events
My family emigrated from Guyana, South America in the early 1980s. With hardly any education and money, it was difficult for my parents to begin a new life in an unfamiliar environment. They have been my motivation and inspiration, and as a first-generation college student, I know I am making my parents extremely proud.
In first grade, my teacher, Ms. Serrao, saw that I was at risk of failing and took matters into her own hands. She took the time to help me work on every aspect of my academic career, and put me on the path to success. Later, in high school, I developed a passion for law, law enforcement and criminal justice, and knew that I wanted to protect, to serve, and to provide for my country. Because I have always been an over-achiever, I aspire to become Chief of Homeland Security because it is the highest possible position in my chosen field.
Each workshop I attend, I learn something new that is vital to my academic and professional career. NYNY has taught me not to concentrate on my weaknesses, but instead to take my talents and turn them into strengths that I can use in my personal and professional life. The fellowship program will make me a better individual, and will also make me more prepared to be successful in the real world when I can support myself. I am more than proud to say that I, Naithram Singh, am an NYNY Fellow!