I was born in New York City but moved at a young age to the Dominican Republic where I was raised for most of my childhood. I later returned to the United States. The experience of living in the Dominican Republic helped me realize there is a chronic lack of educational opportunities and lack of motivation for academic success among the youth in the country.
I am currently attending City College with hopes of transferring to another 4-year institution outside of New York City to further develop my skill of independence and self-reliance, and am working towards a bachelor’s degree in Psychology. My interest in this field was brought upon by a personal experience as well as my upbringing in the Dominican Republic. I grew up with a younger brother that has a learning disability and challenges with social anxiety. He was never good at fitting in at school and occasionally seemed to have difficulty adjusting. In the future, I want to have my own practice as well as help teens who are having a hard time in school settings both in the United States and Dominican Republic.
I joined America Needs You because I was struggling with the idea of going to college and supporting my family. Trying to balance both of these priorities seemed impossible to me at the time, especially on my own. I hope to improve my communication skills as well as overcome my anxiety in a professional setting. I also hope to learn more about the operations of nonprofits.