I was born and raised in Colombia, where I lived until I was fifteen years old. When I arrived in the United States with my mother, my sole focus was becoming a successful leader in my new community. However, I did not anticipate how challenging it would be to not only adapt but also thrive in a new country. I had to learn a new language, which is not an easy feat at my age, and I struggled to overcome my shyness, a trait that was difficult to change when living in a culture very different from my own. Slowly, and by maintaining a positive attitude, I realized that there was no reason for me to feel so out of place. I needed to overcome my shyness in order to reach my goals. My self-determination and desire to be a better person helped me overcome these obstacles and succeed.
I am currently attending the Macaulay Honors Program in Queens College with an interest in pursuing a degree in Psychology and Social Work. I discovered my passion for serving others by observing various community needs across New York, as well as all that could be possible if everyone put in a little bit of effort. My dream is to help children who have experienced abuse or trauma, and I would also love to open a non-profit organization to help teenagers who suffer or have suffered from eating disorders.
America Needs You is helping me find and follow the direction that will lead me to fulfill my dreams. It will also help me realize my full potential and transform my strengths and gifts into a successful career.