I am a child of immigrants from the Ivory Coast in West Africa who dreamt of nothing more than a life in America. I have benefited from their American dream and been afforded the opportunity to pursue my own. However, not too long before I invested in these dreams, I was sent to my parent’s homeland to study my roots. Instead, I faced their Ivorian War. I witnessed how this tragedy caused destruction and a sense of hopelessness for the Ivorian people. Those scary nights in the homeland ignited an inquisitive nature within me that is threaded in everything I do. Through this experience, I’ve realized how blessed you are to have the opportunities offered here in America.
I was born in Brooklyn, New York and raised in East Orange, New Jersey. I am in Montclair State University’s Class of 2019. I have not yet decided what major I would like to pursue, but my determination is going to shape me into a successful woman. My long-term goals are to become an entrepreneur and, one day, build and own my own company. I would like to use that company as a platform through which to give back to the Ivorian people. My ultimate goal is to provide better health care facilities and a performing arts school for the Ivorian people. I don’t want to just become a successful woman, but one whose is self-made and driven by her experiences.