I grew up in the Bronx in a single parent home and am the first to attend college in my immediate family.
I graduated from high school in 2006 and earned an associate degree in Fashion Merchandising from the Wood Tobe-Coburn School with a dream of owning a clothing store. When the time came to transfer schools in order to pursue a bachelor’s degree, I needed assistance making a decision but had no one to turn to. I did not know how to find schools that would accept my credits or identify those that were affordable and offered my major. Eventually found a school that I loved and began my first semester. Unfortunately, halfway through the semester I realized my I could not afford to continue my schooling there and was forced to withdraw. Four years passed before I was able to return to school. During that time I worked at an after-school program and became active in my community through the NAACP and my church.
I am now a senior at Queens College pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree in Family and Consumer Science with a concentration in Human Development and Family Studies and a minor in Student Advisement & Counseling. The struggles I faced during my college experience caused me to develop a strong passion for youth counseling and I began to focus my career goals.
Upon graduation I will be applying for certification to become a licensed Family Life Educator and attend graduate school to earn a master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy or some form of Counseling. I also want to start my own non-profit organization that will provide mentors and workshops for elementary school students through to college to help better prepare for success.
I hope to someday be for young people what America Needs You has done for me.