I have been in United States for eight years now. Growing up in Togo, West Africa, women attending school was considered taboo. The traditional wisdom in my town is that girls are born to become mothers and take care of the family. Thus, going to school was a daunting task in a country where the rate of illiteracy is more than 50 percent. Despite the many obstacles, I did not give up. Graduating from high school was my goal and I worked twice as hard as boys in my school before graduating at the top of my class. I became the first girl in my generation to graduate from high school.
With the help of my parents and a little bit of luck, I came to New York to pursue my education. I am currently a sophomore at Bronx Community College majoring in Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting. I am also a member of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, an Inter-Organizational Council representative of Alpha Beta Gamma Honor Society, and Vice President of the Business Club at Bronx Community College. My future goal is to become a CEO of a company.
Another reason why I am so determined to succeed is to be able to maximize all available resources in order to give back to my community and help those who are less fortunate. That is why I have joined Tembia, a nonprofit organization that is committed to preserving and educate Togolese culture in the US, as a journalist. I also dedicate my time as Director of Events to LiftTogo, a nonprofit that supports the underserved across Togo as well as provides resources for students from Togo who have immigrated to the United States. I know I have the ability and believe that America Needs You can guide me through the steps needed to achieve my goals.