College: New York University
Having lived in Brooklyn for my entire life, it was hard to imagine the different kind of lives my parents led before they immigrated to the United States. It wasn’t until they brought me to their hometown in Guangdong that I breathed in my first view of China—the small roads that intertwine throughout the village, the lake my dad swam in as a teenager, the vast farmland that stretches into a beautiful distance. As I walked on those roads, I could finally see the place where my parents worked hard in order to get to where they are today. They both excelled in school but never had the chance to go to college. Determined, my mom worked on the farmland with her family and my dad taught at an elementary school for 18 years. They continue to work hard here in New York so that my four sisters and I can have the educational opportunities they never had. Knowing my parents’ journey makes me look up to them and admire how far they have come. Their sacrifices motivate me every day to try my best and strive for my goals.
As a rising sophomore at New York University I plan to major in Politics and minor in Business Studies. I have always known I wanted to help people, volunteering in community service projects throughout high school and tutoring younger children in my neighborhood’s learning center. But my decision to major in Politics was ultimately sparked by my involvement in the New York Asian American Student Conference, an annual gathering of panelists and students dedicated to sparking awareness of Asian Pacific American social and political issues. I hope to apply my enjoyment for writing to whatever my future career may be, possibly in journalism or public relations for a nonprofit organization. One of my goals is to increase the representation of Asian-American writers because to me, it is important to have a wide range of writers in a country that thrives on its diversity. Meeting different professors and students has brought out my passion for communicating with people and expressing myself, whether it is through teaching younger students, working with volunteers, or writing for the world.
The New York Needs You program not only prepares students for the professional world, but also helps students learn more about different careers that apply to their interests and skills. I am extremely grateful to be surrounded by highly motivated professionals who have already gone through what I expect to face. I hope to someday use what I learn through NYNY and reach out to other first generation college students and aspiring writers who are in the same position I am.