I am from Yemen, a country where poverty has taken away many of the basic needs of its people. However, the will to never give up allows the Yemeni people to see another day. From the problems we face, education in our land has taken a curved path that signifies no value. As a result, many teens choose not to be educated in order to work and provide their families with basic necessities. In 2008, my family and I immigrated to the United States to seek an alternative. As an immigrant I was introduced to a new environment where I explored, learned and coped with the challenges that came my way.
I am a student at Lehman College working toward a B.S. in Nursing. I have a deep interest in the way the human body works and the way we can use our knowledge to help people. Becoming a nurse allows me to take one step closer to overcome my shackles of the past. It will help me to tell my story to people so they can overcome their challenges. With this in mind, I motivate myself in order to inspire and promote future generations to follow their goals.
Being part of the America Needs You program offers me many opportunities. My Mentor Coach will help me navigate challenging decisions and achieve my goals. With this program’s support I can stand strong against society’s low expectations of first-generation college students like me.