College: Pace University
Though I was born in Coney Island, I have spent the majority of my life in Queens. I am a born-and-bred New Yorker, and I always take pride in that fact! I have lived with my mother my whole life, and she is very important to me. She’s a constant source of encouragement and builds me up by focusing on my success. My mother’s strong love for children inspired my dream career: to be a child psychiatrist. My mother worked with an autistic child and I always wondered what the child thought about. The mind was always intriguing to me. My mother was not my only mentor, however. During my junior year of high school, I had an environmental teacher who made me believe I could attain my dreams. I always told her that I wanted to go to college and she always cheered me on by telling me and my classmates that we could do whatever we wanted. She made the material exciting with her vibrant attitude and helped me with my college applications and made me believe I could go to medical school. Between her and my mother’s different forms of encouragement and knowledge, I believe I can work hard and become a child psychiatrist.
My father never attended college and my mother never finished. Still, I applied to Pace University, was accepted as the Class of 2015, and will be the first in my family to graduate. I am a rising sophomore and plan to earn a bachelor’s degree in Psychology while completing my pre-med requirements. Medical school will follow, with my dream programs being Columbia’s College of Physicians and Surgeons and NYU School of Medicine. I want to be a child psychiatrist because I enjoy learning about the mind and want to help children understand their world better. I hope to be able to travel around the world to help children of different backgrounds. I took a class that focused on several different societal conditions that children were born into, and since then I wanted to travel to developing countries and help trafficked children. Also, it is important to me to engage in philanthropic activities because of the joy I get from helping others. In addition, I want to make my parents proud because they have worked so hard to make me who I am today.
The college system can be very overwhelming and I believe that New York Needs You provides the fellows a sense of security that schools can’t always offer. It allows opportunities to establish a sense of community because the fellows are so friendly and always willing to be a friend. Just as one of the staff would say, it is like we are a family. Also, it grants chances to network with other fellows. It hones professional skills, getting fellows ready to be part of society as qualified individuals. The element of the fellowship program that is most important to me is the chance to have a mentor. The idea of a mentor was very limited to me as I grew up, despite the constant efforts of my mother. Throughout my life, I have had two wonderful mentors who have enhanced my life. Due to positives experiences with my mother and teacher, I am excited for an NYNY mentor to aide me in my professional development. NYNY will help me find someone who can help me progress further in the world. Being in this program will help me achieve my goals by allowing me the chance to meet other people that have similar drives to succeed, and present me with a road map to achieve my dreams.