I am originally from the Dominican Republic. I was my parent’s first child. Neither of my parents were able to attend college; they dedicated their life to working in order to have a better future for me and my sisters. We have faced plenty of ups and downs. On the whole, it has been rewarding and I have been very blessed.
Four years ago, my family and I had the wonderful opportunity of moving to the United States. This was an exciting change for me as it presented all kinds of new opportunities. However, my English was not the best when I first moved here. My experience as an English tutor in the Dominican Republic, where I helped students with homework and taught basic English, helped prepare me for the change and inspired me. Before beginning my degree, I had to take English writing exams and work as a waitress to support myself and save for college expenses.
As I move forward with my studies and career goals, I know I can benefit greatly from the type of mentorship offered by ANY. At this point in my studies, I believe I would like to pursue a career as an educator. I also hope to become a model and work as a television reporter. The New York Fellows Program will allow me to gain hands-on experience while learning from a professional who is working in a related field. I also hope to meet people who are in a position to help me gain an understanding about the types of opportunities available after college and how to best prepare myself for them.