College: Columbia University
I currently live in Bayonne, New Jersey but was born in Uruguay, a country of three million in South America. I immigrated to this country when I was nine years old with my father, mother, and younger sister. They are the only family I have in this country, so they mean the world to me. Although neither of my parents are college-educated, they always taught me to keep faith and education as my two top priorities and have encouraged me throughout many milestones: the first year I was able to leave the ESL (English as a Second Language) class in elementary school, acceptance into a top high school, and acceptance into five Ivy League schools. This journey has not been an easy one. Coming from an immigrant family, my parents were not able to help me apply for college or financial aid, but they instilled in me the determination that, with help from many caring teachers and counselors, made my achievements possible. Through all of this, I have learned the importance of having a network of people who care about you and want to see you succeed -- without it I would have never made it this far. And I still have a long way to go.
I am an Earth and Environmental Engineering major at Columbia University. I am very interested in environmental laws and policy, and thus wish to attend law school after receiving my Bachelor’s degree in engineering. I plan to combine the technical skills of engineering with the practice of law in order to safeguard this nation’s natural resources for generations to come. I hold a special interest in water resources issues, such as groundwater system remediation and pollution of near-surface aquifers. Hence, I hope to one day make a difference in how this nation manages its precious resources.
As I previously mentioned, it would be hard to achieve that goal without any help. Luckily, New York Needs You has already begun to give me the resources needed to succeed in my career path. This summer, thanks to NYNY’s internship placement, I am an Environmental Justice intern at New York Lawyers for the Public Interest. NYNY made it possible for me to secure an internship that is helping me define my career choices. I know that over the next two years this program’s professional development curriculum will continue to empower me to reach my dreams. I am thankful that once again I have found a caring network of people who are willing to invest in my future.