College: John Jay College of Criminal Justice
NYNY Internships: Office of the New York City Comptroller
My parents always wanted the best from both my brother and me. They had high expectations and told me that whatever I tried to do, I should try my very best. My parents led by example, in my childhood I always remember them trying their best to provide for my older brother and me. This is a quality that I admire in my parents more now than when I was younger. My mother was an accountant and had her own business in Colombia prior to coming to the United States. However, upon arrival to the United States she was unable to work in the same field because she did not speak English. This did not deter her. My father also sacrificed a great deal by working consistently without ever taking sick days. I still recall from my early years that he worked tirelessly and endlessly. He would leave early in the morning, and still not be home by my bedtime. However, no matter how tired he was on the weekends, he would spend his time sitting down with us teaching us English. My parents were dedicated individuals who sacrificed a great deal for my brother and me. Their commitment and dedication to family has taught us to be 100% dedicated and committed to everything we do. They are the reason why I am so motivated to succeed and achieve every one of my goals.
I currently attend John Jay College of Criminal Justice. My intended major is Culture and Deviance Studies, with a minor in anthropology. My major consists of understanding society and the differences and diversity that exists within it. Upon completion of my undergraduate studies, I plan to go to a top law school and become an attorney. There are two specialty areas I am interested in, international law and criminal law. International law, because I would have the opportunity to work more globally with crimes and the diverse law outside the U.S. My interest in criminal law stems from its vast presence in our society. I feel that the NYNY Fellowship Program has instilled the means to accompany the drive that I have to succeed. I have met and networked with such insightful and successful people. I have learned how to write better emails and that recognizing your weaknesses is strength, because you have a stronger sense of self-recognition. The fellowship has offered me insight into career paths that I could possibly pursue.