Coming from a Hispanic background, while being born and raised in the Bronx, unveiled the clash of opposite ideologies. Growing up in the South Bronx while witnessing poverty and gang affiliations decreased the possibilities of living the ‘American Dream’ every kid wished for. However, after being enrolled in Baruch College within the Percy Ellis Sutton SEEK Program to pursue a career that combines my interest of Finance with a social work aspect, I’ve learned the values of learning, community building, and hard work.
I took it upon myself to be more involved on campus and with the help of the Urban Male Leadership Academy Scholars Program (UMLAS), a program dedicated to raise the admission of Black and Latino males through extensive workshops, career development, and mentoring, I am a participant dedicated to better my community and the next generation of students to come hereafter. Furthermore, the amount of time I dedicated to the rigorous math courses taken in Baruch College paid off after being allocated a position as a Math Tutor. Becoming a Math Tutor increased my passion to manipulate numbers and develop a sharper problem-solving mentality.
Being introduced to America Needs You during a pipeline event, I realized America Needs You provides Fellows with components needed to excel in the outside world. Alongside America Needs You helping Fellows discover their career paths, I hope to accumulate these necessary components and pass it to the next generation to come.