I am a resident of Queens and currently a sophomore at Baruch College in Manhattan. College is an exciting environment, one that allows me the opportunity to grow and embrace numerous opportunities.
As a member of the Urban Male Leadership Academy program in Baruch, I participated in workshops that raised awareness for civil rights and minority issues in America. I have also served on a panel of college students during the Baruch SEEK For a Day event, which was dedicated to informing high school students about what college life would entail, while also addressing the current civil rights issues in society. I have earned membership into the Baruch Chapter of Phi Eta Sigma, a national honor society, and I’ve represented my college in the Somos el Futuro Conference in Albany. The conference focused on current issues that affect our country, state, and local communities. As a peer mentor at Baruch, I assist the incoming students with their transition to college life by sharing experiences from my first year and relaying to them the importance of doing well in college.
Peer mentoring is important to me; I was fortunate to have mentors when I arrived at Baruch. As a mentor now, I am able to share what I know with students, while encouraging and supporting them. Learning from other students is just as essential. Mentoring stresses how vital teamwork is for success. This experience has also called for me to be open and to accept diverse perspectives. The New York Fellows Program is another perfect avenue to develop established skills, to learn new ones, and build a great network. I am very excited and enthusiastic about what the future holds.