I was raised in a small village of about ten houses within the city of Ibb, Yemen. Everyone in my village treated one another as family by sharing their food and helping each other in times of crisis. Although life there was simple and beautiful, the chance of securing a job was low due to a poor education system and poverty.
At the age of 15, I came to the United States with my dad with hopes for a bright future and a better education than what was offered in Yemen. Unfortunately, I had to leave my mom and siblings behind. Despite the difficulties of learning a new language and adjusting to a new culture, I graduated from Fort Hamilton High School with a Regents Advanced Diploma. This was a milestone for me and my family, and I am proud to be a first-generation college honors student.
I am working toward a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Systems at New York City College of Technology. I recently took an internship course where I worked on a virtualization project that will go live this fall, and I have conducted research projects through the Honors Program. After graduation, I plan to attend graduate school and become an IT system administrator.
I participate in several leadership activities both on and off campus, including Student Government, the Computer Club, the National Society of Collegiate Scholars, Campus Discovery and Awareness, and New York Needs You, while maintaining a GPA above 3.7. While it can be exhausting on the body, my mind is thirsty for knowledge. I am glad to have all of these opportunities as they help me gain leadership skills and become more open-minded.